.SHX File Extension

Shapefile Spatial Index File

Data File
Question: What is an SHX File?

Have you found, downloaded or received an SHX file, but don't know which software program is required to open it?

Before attempting to open an SHX file, you'll need to determine what kind of file you are dealing with and whether it is even possible to open or view the file format.

Answer: Files which are given the .SHX extension are known as Shapefiles Spatial Index files, however other file types may also use this extension. If you are aware of any additional file formats that use the SHX extension, please let us know.

How to open a SHX file:

The best way to open an SHX data file is to simply double-click it and let the default assoisated application open the file. If you are unable to open the file this way, it may be because you do not have the correct application associated with the extension to view or edit the SHX file.

This data file format was added to our database by a visitor to this site, but no additional information was provided. We have yet to investigate this file type further, or there was not enough information available at the time to report accurately on the format.

Please check back soon for more information as we are constantly updating our file descriptions based on search frequency.

Tip: Try to open the SHX file using a text-editor such as Notepad, as many file types contain simply contain unformatted plain-text and can viewed correctly using this method.







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    Comments (1)
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    Jam
    2011-02-05 03:49:56
    #1
    These are index files related to the Shapefile formats that are used to store vector data for GIS maps. The index files improve the speed of data retrieval, especially for Web GIS products. Nevertheless, tiling is still a better way of improving speed for web GIS while .SHX index files are perfect for desktop editing.