SHP File Type

- The quick facts

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.

AutoCAD Shape

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: May 31, 2022

More file formats using the SHP extension

Through our research of SHP files, we know that the following formats exist. However, we have not yet analyzed them in detail.

  • 3D Studio Shape
  • ArcView Shape
  • Printmaster Shape Bitmap
  • SigmaNEST Shape

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 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

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