File Extension Library

.SHX File Extension

  • Developer by: Autodesk
  • Category: CAD Files
  • Format: Binary

What are .SHX files and how to open them?

Can't open .SHX 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 .SHX file.

What is a .SHX file extension?

.SHX file extension is created by Autodesk. .SHX has been classified as CAD Files. The format of .SHX file is Binary.

.SHX is AutoCAD Compiled Shape File

An SHX file contains a shape or font compiled by Autodesk AutoCAD from an .SHP shape file or .PFB font file. It stores shape definitions, as well as font definitions for displaying custom text. SHX files support many Type 1 PostScript fonts.

Compiled shapes enable users to save smaller building blocks and fonts that are frequently inserted in drawings. This allows users to save time and not have to re-create often-used shapes and fonts.

After a SHP shape file or PFB font file is compiled, the resulting SHX file can be inserted into a drawing. The user can then specify the location, scale, and rotation of the imported shape.

NOTE: Autodesk AutoCAD is a 2D and 3D design and engineering application.

List of all softwares that can open the AutoCAD Compiled Shape File
Autodesk AutoCAD 2018
File Type 2:

Motorola Flash Superfile

Developer by: Motorola Category: Misc Files

Encrypted file used to "flash" the firmware of a Motorola cell phone, such as as a Razr or Rokr; often used for customizing or "modding" the interface of Motorola cell phones.

To flash the memory of a cell phone, you must connect the phone to a PC via USB and run a program like PST or RSD, which can open the flash superfile.

SHX files are based on the .HS flex file format.

File Type 3:

Shapefile Index File

Developer by: ESRI Category: Data Files

Index of ESRI Shapefiles (.SHP files) that stores index and offset information from the main Shapefile; allows for direct access to records in the main file; consists of a 100-byte header followed by 8-byte, fixed-length records that define the SHP files referenced by the index file; often saved along with a corresponding dBASE (.DBF) database file.

List of all softwares that can open the Shapefile Index File
ESRI ArcGIS for Desktop

How to fix problems with .SHX files

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