Convert KML points, lines, and polygons to SHP in QGIS

With just a few simple steps you can pass the KML files to shapefiles, using QGIS.

First you need to have the points, lines or area delimited by a polygon in Google Earth, and save it in kml or kmz format.

To load the polygon to QGIS the following steps are performed:

  • Click Add Vector Layer from the Layer > Add Layer menu, in the pop-up window click on Explore.
  • Browse the location of the file, if not displayed in the format type, select kml, kmz and open it.
  • Once the polygon is loaded right click on the layer and select the Save As option.
  • Then in the Format option, select ESRI shapefile. In the current window assign a name and directory for the file, in SRC the projection system is placed.
  • The shapefile is automatically loaded as a new layer to the current QGIS project.
  • This same procedure can be done points, lines and polygons (kml, kmz) created in Google Earth.
  • The new shapefiles generated by this process can be opened with any application that supports this format.

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