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It's the first time I work with Android and ESRI shapefile. I tried to find but could not find any tutorials to display ESRI shapefile in Android. Somebody can help me about this???

Thank you so so much!

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is there any possibility for displaying the multiple shapefiles without using the googlemaps in the background in a iOS device r objective C,i directly want to display a shape file with the lat and long for a specified location. Ex:nevada,Mexico,brazil,india etc etc –  rayapudi Mar 6 '13 at 7:45
Welcome to SE.GIS.Please ask this as separate question...thanks –  Sunil Mar 6 '13 at 7:50

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Quantum GIS for Android is one option.


Here is more info: http://www.opengis.ch/android-gis

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There is one app called "SHP Viewer"

Details please click here

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thank you Sunil. That is my goal, but this app is not find in Google Play Store. –  BeckyPinoco Jan 17 '13 at 2:53

ArcGIS for Android (Official)


(reading the reviews the iOS app is more stable than the android version)

Under 'Map and service support'

It clearly states

"Shapefiles, CSV, and GPX files (only when added to ArcGIS Online maps)" http://resources.arcgis.com/en/communities/smartphone-apps/01ww00000006000000.htm

The App is available on Google Play here:


Looking to build your own app the Android SDK is available here:


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thank a lot Mapperz –  BeckyPinoco Jan 17 '13 at 2:48

I've tried several apps -

  • Shapefile Reader (which doesn't seem to be available on Google Play anymore)
  • CSF (Create Shape File)
  • Shapefile over Map

All have their pluses and minuses.

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Shapefile Reader - as the name implies, there's no editing capability. Also, it doesn't seem to be maintained anymore, given that that it's not in Google Play. –  Boris Jan 30 '13 at 21:20
CSF - can create a new file, but can display only one point at a time on the map, and only in the lat/long format. SoM - displays points on the map, but limited coordinate systems (WGS84 and lat/long). –  Boris Jan 30 '13 at 21:41

convert to kml first and use geopaparazzi

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I tried some steps to do:

  • Using Stream to Read Shapefile

  • Then, I used the image object to display shapefile (using .canvas libary from Android and Java)


I was successful in Java MIDP, then I tried in Android.

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You could use SpatiaLite database in android or ios. visit https://www.gaia-gis.it/fossil/libspatialite/index. You could do spatial queries and fetch geometries from database display them on either Google Maps, Osmdroid or any other maps like Maps-forge.

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