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How to seperate a multi polygon shape file into individual polygons(as seperate shape files)? i had huge data... I know the traditional process like export data... Please help me.. Thanks in Advance

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It's not completely clear what the desired result should be. Should it be one shapefile for each original multipolygon? One Shapefile for each processed polygon? Some other rule? – underdark Jun 24 '13 at 6:00
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There are 2 tools in arcgis.

  1. The multipart to single part tool in toolbox.
  2. The explode tool on the advanced editing toolbar.
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Does the Explode tool make individual shapefiles? or just individual shapes? – Dan Patterson Jun 23 '13 at 16:06
It works inside of an edit session with only the selected objects. It makes single shapes of multi. You can set the split rules so it will follow rules on split. – Brad Nesom Jun 24 '13 at 2:54

This can be accomplished using Split Layer by Attributes should you wish to go the ArcGIS-10.0 route. The source must be a shapefile and the destination for the output should be a folder not a gdb. If you use the FID field each individual polygon will exported. If you have multipart polygons run the MultipartToSinglePart tool prior using the toolset if you wish to have each part as a separate file.

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First step using QGIS, you have to divide the multipolygon to individual polygins with Vector->Geometry Tools->Multipart to single parts

Then you have to edit the attribute table to give all objects a unique number.

With that, you can use the Shapefile splitter plugin to dissolve the shapefile with several objects into several shapefiles with just one object.

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