SHX File Type

- The quick facts

What are SHX files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a SHX 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 SHX file?

SHX files have multiple uses, and ArcView DataBase Index is one of them.

ArcView DataBase Index

We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.

How to open SHX files

Important: Different programs may use files with the SHX file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your SHX file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 2 different SHX openers which you will find listed below.

Last updated: July 13, 2020

All known file formats using extension .SHX

While ArcView DataBase Index is a popular type of SHX-file, we know of 3 different uses of the .SHX extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

AutoCAD Shape

Files that contain the .shx file extension are normally associated with the AutoCAD computer-aided drafting software program. The SHX files are commonly referred to as Shape Index Files.

The SHX files used by the AutoCAD software application contain compiled shapefiles created for use with the AutoCAD program. These files can be compiled from either SHP shapefiles or PFB font files. The SHX files that AutoCAD uses can contain the shape and font definitions used to display custom text designs within an AutoCAD drawing that a user is creating.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 2 different SHX openers which you will find listed below.

More file formats using the SHX extension

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

  • Motorola Flash Superfile

Various apps that use files with this extension

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

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