I have a .kml file and it opens on my Google Earth Pro. When I tried converting it through ArcMap it didn't work, an error occurred saying it had no data. On further googling about it, I understand that there are 2 types of .kml files. One which has data or feature and the other has a basically a link to the actual file that has the data. Since I have the old one, I need to know how to I convert it into shapefile.

The software(s) I have are ArcMap, QGIS 3, and Erdas Imagine.

  • What happens when you try to open your KML with QGIS? – GBG Mar 4 '19 at 15:53
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    Your title says kml with no data/feature, but then you say you have "the former one," which is a kml with no data, only a link to data. So which kind of kml do you have? – csk Mar 4 '19 at 16:18
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    KML files can be loaded as vector layers in QGIS. There is no need to convert in order to load the data into the map view. I second @GBG with his question as to what happens if you load the KML file in QGIS? You can also open your KML file in a text editor (Notepad++) and view its contents. There you can be sure it's not just pointing to some data source. – Techie_Gus Mar 4 '19 at 16:34
  • You can view the KML to make sure it shows up or not... kmlviewer.nsspot.net – PROBERT Mar 4 '19 at 17:52

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