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I'm a heavy ArcGIS user, and was wondering how one may bring shapefiles onto CARTO.

I see that CARTO does not allow one to upload .shp datasets. Is there a easy conversion anyone would recommend?

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You are able to upload shapefiles onto CARTO, however they have to be in a zip file with all related extensions.

They provide details in their documentation here

CARTO creates datasets from shapefiles by importing a single zipped file. If your shapefile is not importing, make sure that:

You are uploading a zipped file, and not just one of the files it contains, such as a .shp file.

Your zipped file contains .shp, .dbf, .shx, and .prj files.

Your file names all have the same prefix. For example myshapefile.zip, myshapefile.shp, myshapefile.dbf, myshapefile.shx, and myshapefile.prj.

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Remember to use in proj WGS 84 (Google it) EPSG 4326. Carto use it. All of their tables include the_geom column, which is a geometry field that indexes geometries with the EPSG:4326 (WGS 1984) coordinate system. All tables also automatically generate and update the_geom_webmercator column, which references the column internally to quickly create tiles for maps. More infos here

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