KML to MapInfo TAB : It’s now easier!

Hi there, maybe some of you reader has read my previous article about Conversion from KML/KMZ to MapInfo. I went back to Zonums’ website and tried to use another superb tool they already created. The kml2shp tool.

It’s even far easier than the kml2cad. All we need to do is just create the KML or KMZ file on GoogleEarth then simply go to the Zonum’s web. Click New  then upload your KML/KMZ file using Upload KML/KMZ button. Wait until the dialogue box closed then click on Process KML. It will result just like below inside the box:

Entities found:
# Points: 0
# Paths: 1
# Inner Polygons: 0
# Outer Polygons: 0

Make sure you choose the appropriate Shapes to export. Then just simply click on Export SHP button. A new window will appear, click on Download, it is gonna download a zip file. Extract the file. You’ll find 4 files. Open the .shp file from MapInfo but don’t forget to specify the Filetype as SHP. MapInfo will ask you to save the TAB and specify the Shapefile information. MapInfo will automatically display on map.

But wait! You still cannot edit the file. You need to save again the TAB. Go to File -> Save Copy as. Save it to a new table then reopen the newly saved table, it should be no problem now. You can edit the new TAB and use it as what you wish.

ps: if you already try this and still have time, please write your comment or share is it working or not (espescially if it doesn’t work). Thanks 🙂



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  2. maykdave · October 19, 2011

    i have tried it. it works only for once, when i try to convert for second time with different KML file, it goes wrong, the SHP converted (the second one) file always turn back to the first converted SHP file. it never changed. is it a bug or? could you share me how to fix it? I need it ASAP. just simply share it to my email

  3. Enzo · May 25, 2012

    lo probe y funciona muy bien pude pasar mi KML a un TAB que lee el MapInfo gracias… pude hacer lo muy fácil!..

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  5. anonymous · September 26, 2012

    it did not work for me it appears some lines I do not have into my polygons definition, I have just used kml2cad and worked flawlessly

    • Taufiq Ibrahim · September 27, 2012

      I also noticed about that, I received 1 email that said it’s not working now. I tried, well it didnt work. But kml2cad is still working. Maybe its better to use kml2cad for now. Anyway, thanks for your visit 🙂

  6. lose a stone in a week · July 29, 2013

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  7. BT Lim · October 22, 2013

    so far, I tried few times, it works for all the times…Thumbs UP…
    Thanks ~

  8. suhaj · December 10, 2013

    I was trying to load 3mb file ,but still it is not working KML toSHP

  9. oligaarchy · November 7, 2015

    it works perfectly.thanks

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