I have converted many KML files to layer in ArcGIS many times before without any problem. I just did a conversion (Arc Toolbox>Conversion tools> KML to layer) and the file is showing up in the table of contents but there is no layer. Any ideas or suggestions??
Ok, it looks like it was a bug and all I needed to do is download the lastest service pack (SP3) from ESRI. http://resources.arcgis.com/content/patches-and-service-packs?fa=viewPatch&PID=66&MetaID=1807
Thanks everyone for all the suggestions.
This is an old thread but thought of adding my solution after encountering exactly the same problem as yours and ending up here.
I don't know the exact technicality why the converted KML doesn't show properly in arcgis but if you convert the kml file of the "google earth folder" holding the "specific kml" you want to convert instead of converting directly the "specific kml" file then it shows up properly.
I had the same issue. I used the KML to Layer (Conversion) tool to create shapefiles from KML files created in Google Earth.
Result was nothing, UNTIL! I went to "Add Data". After running the tool you'll see a .gdb file with same name as what you thought would be a .shp file.
Select to add that .gdb file and your layer pops right up.
This appears to be a really old thread but I recently ran into this same issue using ArcMap 10.3 basic. I ran the tool using python within ArcMap and it worked but the tool from the tool box was not working. Here is an arcpy code:
arcpy.env.workspace = r'ENTER WORKSPACE PATH' arcpy.LayerToKML_conversion('INPUTFILENAME.lyr', 'OUTPUTFILENAME.kmz')