Conversion of Shapefile to KML with Google Earth Pro



Google Earth Pro, a $400 upgrade to Google Earth, supports a wide variety of geospatial files, including Shapefiles. Users can add Shapefiles to the virtual globe (in geographic WGS 1984 coordinate system) and apply a template style to it which selects the name field and symbol colours.




Both single symbols and thematic mapping are supported. Numeric ranges can be user-specified and can be added into individual folders so it is visible in Google Earth Pro’s table of contents.


Google Earth Pro does not support labelling, nor does it offer customized balloon information and settings.

Results in Google Earth:


To create a KML file from this shapefile, simply right click on the layer — and "save place as" will save to KMZ format (compressed KML format).

Credit: spatialnews.geocomm.com
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