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An overview of the KML toolset

The KML toolset contains tools to convert Keyhole Markup Language (KML) to layers and layers into KML.

KML is an XML-based language provided by Google for defining the graphic display of spatial data in applications such as Google Earth and Google Maps. KML enables these applications to support the open integration of custom data layers from many GIS users.

KML is a popular format for sharing data across the Internet and for use in online mapping applications. Its default projection of WGS84 allows it to be displayed and used in a variety of GIS applications. Translating KML and KMZ files into feature classes inside a geodatabase allow these common features to be used in ArcGIS.


KML To Layer

Converts a KML or KMZ file into feature classes and a layer file. The layer file maintains the symbology found within the original KML or KMZ file.

Layer To KML

This tool converts a feature or raster layer into a KML file containing a translation of Esri geometries and symbology. This file is compressed using ZIP compression, has a .kmz extension, and can be read by any KML client including ArcGIS Earth, ArcGlobe, and Google Earth.

Tools in the KML toolset

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