SHP File

Did your computer fail to open a SHP file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .SHP files.

What is a SHP file?

A .SHP file is an AutoCAD Shape file. The .shp file extension is used for a proprietary data file format, which Autodesk created for one of their CAD (Computer-Aided Design) programs. Also known as AutoCAD shape files and AutoCAD source files, these SHP files contain geometry formatting attributes that are used for visual objects in AutoCAD projects and other compatible CAD programs.

How to open SHP files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with extension SHP for different purposes. We have identified 1 SHP opener for Windows that is compatible with this specific type of SHP file.

Programs that open SHP files

AutoCADAutoCADVerified
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What else are .SHP files used for?

While AutoCAD Shape is a popular type of SHP-file, we know of 5 different uses of the .SHP extension.

The SHP file extension indicates to your device which app can open the file. However, different apps may use the same file extension for different types of data. So a SHP opener may not be able to open all kinds of SHP files. In this case, look through all formats to make sure you find the best suited SHP viewer.

3D Studio Shape

Through our analysis of SHP files, we know that one use of the format is 3D Studio Shape. We have not yet described in detail what these files contain and what they are used for, but our team is working tiredlessly through thousands of file formats. We'd love hearing from you if you have information about the format.

We have not yet verified any programs for Windows that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!

ArcView Shape

Through our analysis of SHP files, we know that one use of the format is ArcView Shape. We have not yet described in detail what these files contain and what they are used for, but our team is working tiredlessly through thousands of file formats. We'd love hearing from you if you have information about the format.

We have not yet verified any programs for Windows that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!

Printmaster Shape bitmap

Through our analysis of SHP files, we know that one use of the format is Printmaster Shape bitmap. We have not yet described in detail what these files contain and what they are used for, but our team is working tiredlessly through thousands of file formats. We'd love hearing from you if you have information about the format.

We have not yet verified any programs for Windows that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!

SigmaNEST Shape

Through our analysis of SHP files, we know that one use of the format is SigmaNEST Shape. We have not yet described in detail what these files contain and what they are used for, but our team is working tiredlessly through thousands of file formats. We'd love hearing from you if you have information about the format.

We have not yet verified any programs for Windows that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!

Various SHP file openers, viewers, etc.

These apps are known to open certain types of SHP files. Remember, different programs may use SHP files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft OfficeUser submitted
ESRI ArcExplorerESRI ArcExplorerUser submitted
FalconViewFalconViewUser submitted
AVS Slideshow MakerAVS Slideshow MakerUser submitted
ArcGISArcGISUser submitted
Battleships ForeverBattleships ForeverUser submitted
Direct Show Ogg Vorbis FilterDirect Show Ogg Vorbis FilterUser submitted
TatukGIS ViewerTatukGIS ViewerUser submitted
DesignaKnitDesignaKnitUser submitted
Intel Dynamic Power Performance ManagementIntel Dynamic Power Performance ManagementUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with SHP-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with SHP-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!