What are SHP files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening a SHP file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.
What is a SHP file?
SHP files have multiple uses, and AutoCAD Shape is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.
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
We have identified one SHP opener that is compatible with this specific type of SHP file.
Programs that open AutoCAD Shape files
Last updated: February 24, 2023
All known file formats using extension .SHP
While AutoCAD Shape is a popular type of SHP-file, we know of 5 different uses of the .SHP file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.
3D Studio Shape
We know that one SHP format is 3D Studio Shape. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.
While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested ten different SHP openers which you will find listed below.
We know that one SHP format is ArcView Shape. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.
Printmaster Shape Bitmap
We know that one SHP format is Printmaster Shape Bitmap. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.
We know that one SHP format is SigmaNEST Shape. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.
Various apps that use files with this extension
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 Office||User submitted|
|ESRI ArcExplorer||User submitted|
|AVS Slideshow Maker||User submitted|
|Battleships Forever||User submitted|
|Direct Show Ogg Vorbis Filter||User submitted|
|TatukGIS Viewer||User submitted|
|Intel Dynamic Power Performance Management||User submitted|
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