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I have a KML file on a public URL like

If I put that KML file on another server, and put the new URL in the search box on Google Maps, it loads the KML into google maps.

If I put the above URL into google maps like so:

It does not load, and I get the following message:

File not found at


    Make sure the URL is spelled correctly.
    Make sure the file exists.

Therefore, I assume this is a configuration issue on the server. They are not being very helpful with debugging/configuring. Can anyone here offer advice on how to fix this?

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Hi I'm in same problem now, refer to , on size and restriction KML, they said that kml's should not bigger than 10MB and maximum fetched size of raw kml is 3MB :( My file is bigger than allowable size, I think it have to splitted :D –  user4555 Oct 20 '11 at 6:34
Try KMZ which is smaller. –  mankoff Oct 20 '11 at 13:56

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According to, you have to add this to htaccess file:

<IfModule mod_security.c> 
  SecFilterEngine Off 
  SecFilterScanPOST Off 
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I don't know if that is the solution or not. I tried it myself in a local .htaccess and it did not have an effect. The host has now done something (unknown to me) and it now works... –  mankoff Sep 19 '10 at 18:46

Important note on using KML & KMZ on your hosted server


Set the MIME on the server for accessing kml/kmz for Google Earth, Google Maps & Google Maps API reads KML and KMZ files. The standard MIME type for KML files is

* application/

The standard MIME type for KMZ files is

* application/

For Apache, add these lines to the httpd.conf file or a .htaccess file in the same folder (if your host only allows htaccess rather than httpd.conf access):

* AddType application/ .kml
* AddType application/ .kmz 

For Linux:

* AddType application/ .kml  

* AddType application/ .kmz  

  Application: opt/google-earth/googleearth 

I posted this here back in 2007

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Other issue you can have is if your KML file is too large for google maps. Tells you file can't be found, but it takes a bit longer than a straight URL error.

Also, if you are on something that doesn't want to serve .kml or .kmz properly, you can use .xml or .zip and it seems to work.

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