I am trying to import .mpk file in ArcMap 10.3.1. But, when I try to open using folder connection, the file with .mpk extension doesn't show up.as shown in figure. It only shows .tif file but not mpk file.

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    drag and drop mpk on arcgis with empty mxd or double click on mpk in Windows explorer
    – FelixIP
    Commented Nov 29, 2017 at 2:17
  • Or double click on it in explorer (or you equivalent) and hope your Esri file manager is playing nice today. As a map package is a map package and not data you can't open it with 'add data', it would be more likely to be openable by something in the file menu like File::open then choose "all supported map formats" to see if it shows up there. A map package is essentially a zip file containing (hopefully) all the data and a map document. Commented Nov 29, 2017 at 2:20
  • @FelixIP I am able to open it while double-clicking. But, I just want to know why folder connection isn't showing the file. Commented Nov 29, 2017 at 2:21
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    Or extract with 7-Zip (7-zip.org).... its a compressed "package" of files associated with an mxd.
    – ZrSiO4
    Commented Nov 29, 2017 at 2:28
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    If you want to see mxd, you need to unpack it to place of your choice.
    – FelixIP
    Commented Nov 29, 2017 at 2:28

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A Map Package .mpk file is not data to be added to a map, which is why you can't see it using the Add Data dialog. It is a package containing different components that can make up your map including the mxd file.

You can extract the contents to a folder and then open it in ArcMap.

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