File Extension Library

.KMZ File Extension

  • Developer by: Google
  • Category: GIS Files
  • Format: Zip

What are .KMZ files and how to open them?

Can't open .KMZ file? Are you wondering what it contains? On our site we will explain to you what this file is, what it is used for and what software opens the .KMZ file.

What is a .KMZ file extension?

.KMZ file extension is created by Google. .KMZ has been classified as GIS Files. The format of .KMZ file is Zip.

.KMZ is Google Earth Placemark File

A KMZ file is a file that stores map locations viewable in Google Earth, a global mapping program. It contains placemarks that may include a custom name and the latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates of the location. KMZ files provide a bird's eye view of locations throughout the U.S. and other areas of the world.

KMZ file open in Google Earth 7

KMZ files may also include limited 3D model data exported from Google Sketchup (as an .SKP file) or from ArchiCAD. The model can be placed on the map at a specific location to provide an idea of what the building will look like in that area.

KMZ files are zipped .KML files, which make them easier to distribute and share with multiple users.

You can open a KMZ file in Google Maps by saving the KMZ file to an online location and then typing the URL in the Google Maps search box. For example, if your file is hosted at, type the URL in the search box and it will be displayed in Google Maps.

Alternatively, to display your KMZ file in Google Maps, you can construct the URL yourself by prefixing it with Therefore, using the same URL from above, you would type the following URL in your Web browser:

List of all softwares that can open the Google Earth Placemark File
Google Earth
Trimble SketchUp
Blue Marble Geographics Global Mapper
ESRI ArcGIS for Desktop
Blender with Google Earth Importer plug-in
Adobe Photoshop CC 2019
Google Earth
Trimble SketchUp
Blender with Google Earth Importer plug-in
Adobe Photoshop CC 2019
Google Earth
Blender with Google Earth Importer plug-in
Google Earth
Google Maps

How to fix problems with .KMZ files

  1. You need to update the application that you normally use to open .KMZ files. Only the latest version of the software supports the current .KMZ file format
  2. You need to check the .KMZ file for viruses. To do this, you need to scan it with a popular antivirus (Norton, Nod32, Kaspersky, Dr.Web, etc.)