What is the .kml File Extension?

What is the .kml file extension?

The .kml (Keyhole Markup Language) files were initially recorded to be used by Keyhole mapping software from Keyhole Inc. After the acquisition of Keyhole Inc. by Google, the file type .kml is primarily associated with Google Earth, which provides a 3D digital model of Earth through the Internet.

What kind of information is stored in a .kml file?

.kml files store geographic modelling information in Extensible Markup Language (XML) format. A .kml file includes information on geographical modelling features, such as points, polygons, lines, and images.

.kml files are text files. The Mime type of .kml files is application/earthviewer andthese files are used for creating different camera angles, overlaying textures, adding HTML content, and identifying and labelling locations.

What are programs that open .kml files?

If you use Windows, you may use the following programs to open .kml files:

  • Keyhole PRO
  • Google Earth
  • Blender (to import .kml files)

If you use a Mac operating system, you may use the following programs to open .kml files:

  • Keyhole PRO
  • Google Earth
  • Blender (to import .kml files)

If you use Linux, you may use the following programs to open .kml files:

  • Google Earth
  • Blender (to import .kml files)

How to ensure that your .kml file opens in Google Earth

To do this, first convert the .kml file into the .kmz file format.   The .kmz file format is nothing but a zipped version of .kml.

The steps discussed below teach you how to convert a .kml file to a .kmz file:

  1. Compress your .kml file using WinZip, WinRAR or any other zip formats.
  2. Next rename the file extension to .kmz.

After you have done this, simply put the .kmz file on your webpage. When users who have Google Earth installed on their computers double-click the .kmz file, they will be able to open it with GEarth software.

Other file types recorded to be using the .kml file extension are:

  • HP48 emulator Win48 script
  • Kedit macro library
  • Emu48 emulator keyboard configuration file

If you are unable to open a .kml file extension even when you have the required software installed, then chances are one or more file openers are damaged. To fix the issue and help you view, edit, and save the .kml file you may use a reliable file extension repair program.