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How I can export (import) data from TAB format to MIF and vice versa?

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

If you're using MapInfo it's pretty simple:

  • Open your TAB file by clicking File->Open or import a MIF by clicking Table->Import.
  • Click Table->Export.
  • Choose your desired file type.
  • Save file.

If you're not using MapInfo then you might want to check out ogr2ogr.

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If you would like to use an Open Source Tool you could use GDAL/OGR:

To convert from one ogr-supported (MIF, TAB, SHAPE, PostGIS, GML, ...) format to another you could for example do the following:

ogr2ogr -f "MapInfo File" dst_datasource -dsco FORMAT=MIF src_datasource

This would convert any ogr-file in the folder 'src_datasource' to a MIF-File in the folder 'dst_datasource'. Without the switch "-dsco FORMAT=MIF" you will get TAB-Format. Assume you would like to convert Esri Shapefiles to TAB:

ogr2ogr -f "ESRI Shapefile" dst_datasource  src_datasource
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