Basic information about GIS, GPS navigation and map files and how to open them

About GIS, GPS and map files

GIS, GPS and map file types include formats used by various navigation and mapping software. GIS (Geographic Information Systems), GPS (Global Positioning System) and map files can contain various type of data, from pure graphics to point of interest, routes, waypoints and such. Some of the GIS, GPS navigation and map files are saved in open formats, so that they can be imported and used in numerous navigation devices or programs.

You can check all GIS, GPS or map file formats sorted by name in our GIS, GPS navigation and map file type category, that you can access from the main page on the left category bar.

How to open GIS, GPS navigation or map data files

GIS, GPS and map files can usually be only opened in their respective native applications. However, some open exchange file formats can be usually opened in most programs. Pure graphics GIS, GPS and map files can sometimes also be opened in various graphic editing software or viewers.

Simply check our database for the GIS, GPS or map file extension you are looking for and in the table below its description you will see a table with software, sorted by platform and actions, that is able to perform a specific action with the GIS, GPS navigation or map files, such as open, import, print, etc..

Example of GIS, GPS Navigation or mapping software table of recommended applications, sorted by platforms and by actions they are able to perform.

You can also click on each software to open its own web entry on our website, that often contains additional useful information about it, such as developer, website, reviews or other useful articles.

How to open unknown GIS, GPS navigation or map files

More information can also be found in our how to identify unknown file formats article.

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