.KMZ File Extension

Keyhole Markup Language Zipped

KMZ files consist of a main KML file and supporting files packaged as an archive using a Zip utility. The KMZ file can be stored, emailed and shared easily as a single file. When unzipped, the main KM...

General Information

Title KMZ File Extension
Extension .kmz
Full Form Keyhole Markup Language Zipped
File Type GIS Data File
Developer Google
MIME Type application/vnd.google-earth.kmz

File Function

Primary Function Store locations
Additional Functions Compress KML, Embed media
Features Geospatial data, Zipped

File Characteristics

Quality High with good source data
Supports Layers Yes
Supports Transparency Yes
Editable Yes

Use Cases

Geospatial Analysis Yes
Navigation Software Yes
Tour Creation Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks Embedded malware
Best Practices Scan for viruses, Validate source

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release 2004
Latest Version Varies with software

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .kml, .gpx

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
Google Earth Free Windows, Mac, Linux
ArcGIS Subscription Windows
Merkaartor Free Windows, Mac, Linux