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Name

ESRI Shapefiles (SHP)

Synopsis

Also known as ESRI ArcView. ESRI is the company that introduced this format; ArcView was the first product to use shapefiles.

File listing

Shapefiles are made up of a minimum of three similarly named files, with different suffixes:

Countries_area.dbf
Countries_area.shp
Countries_area.shx

Data access/connection method

  • Shapefile access is built directly into MapServer. It is also available through OGR, but direct access without OGR is recommended and discussed here.

  • The path to the shapefile is required. No file extension should be specified.

  • Shapefiles hold only one layer of data, therefore no distinction needs to be made.


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