Convert a Compressed KMZ file to KML format

By Jack Dougherty, last updated March 17, 2016

Sometimes KML files are distributed in compressed KMZ format. One easy conversion method:

  • Install the free Google Earth tool
  • Double-click on any .kmz file to open it in Google Earth
  • Right-click (or control-click) on the .kmz layer and select Save As
  • Use the Save As drop down menu to select .kml format

Or use any zip-utility and simply unzip the kmz file. Kmz is simply a ‘zipped’ version of a kml file!