.KML File Recovery

Have files been deleted due to a user’s error or software error? Have you formatted a disk by accident and need to know how to recover the files? Read our .KML file recovery guide for Windows, MacOS, Android and IOS in 2024.

KML File Recovery

What is a .KML file?

A KML file stores geographic modeling information in XML format. It includes points, lines, polygons, and images. KML files are used to identify and label locations, create different camera angles, overlay textures, and add HTML content.

What Are Common Causes of ".KML" Files Lost or Failure?

There are several common causes of ".KML" files lost or failure:

  1. Accidental deletion: Users may accidentally delete ".KML" files while organizing or cleaning up their files, leading to their loss.
  2. File corruption: ".KML" files can get corrupted due to various reasons such as improper shutdown of the system, hardware failure, or software issues. This can result in the file becoming unreadable or inaccessible.
  3. Software or application errors: Errors within the software or application used to create or open ".KML" files can cause them to fail or become unusable. This can be due to bugs, compatibility issues, or conflicts with other software.
  4. Storage media issues: If the storage device where the ".KML" files are stored (such as a hard drive, USB drive, or SD card) experiences physical damage, data corruption, or formatting errors, it can lead to the loss or failure of the files.
  5. Virus or malware attacks: Malicious software can infect and damage ".KML" files, making them inaccessible or causing them to be deleted.
  6. Human error: Mistakes made by users, such as accidental formatting of a storage device, improper handling of files, or improper file transfers, can result in the loss or failure of ".KML" files.
  7. Operating system issues: Problems with the operating system, such as crashes, errors, or updates, can cause ".KML" files to become lost or fail.

To minimize the risk of ".KML" file loss or failure, it is recommended to regularly backup important files, use reliable and up-to-date antivirus software, handle files carefully, and ensure the proper functioning of hardware and software.

How to recover lost ".KML" files?

Sometimes while working with a computer, laptop or other stationary or mobile devices, you may encounter various bugs, freezes, hardware or software failures, even in spite of regular updates and junk cleaning. As a result, an important ".KML" file may be deleted.

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By no means should you think that the only way to recover a ".KML" file is always to create it once more.

Use programs for recovering ".KML" files if a file was lost after accidental or deliberate deleting, formatting the memory card or the internal storage, cleaning the storage device, after a virus attack or a system failure.

Programs to recover ".KML" files

Looking for a way to get files back? In cases when files were deleted and they cannot be restored by using standard operating system tools, use Hetman Partition Recovery.

The tool recovers data from any devices, regardless of the cause of data loss.

Follow the directions below:

  1. Download Hetman Partition Recovery, install and start the program.

  2. The program will automatically scan the computer and display all hard disks and removable drives connected to it, as well as physical and local disks.

    File Recovery Software
  3. Double-click on the disk from which you need to recover ".KML" files, and select analysis type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Analysis Type
  4. When the scanning is over, you will be shown the files for recovery.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Files that Can be Restored
  5. To find a file you need, use the program’s interface to open the folder it was deleted from, or go to the folder "Content-Aware Analysis" and select the required file type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Deep Scan
  6. Select the files you have been looking for and click "Recovery".

    File Recovery Software - Files List for Recovery
  7. Choose one of the methods for saving the files and recover them.

    Saving recovered files in Hetman Partition Recovery

How to open file with ".KML" extension?

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Programs that open ".KML" files

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Blue Marble Geographics Global Mapper Blue Marble Geographics Global Mapper
ESRI ArcGIS for Desktop ESRI ArcGIS for Desktop
Merkaartor Merkaartor
Blender with Google Earth Importer plug-in Blender with Google Earth Importer plug-in
Google Earth Google Earth
Merkaartor Merkaartor
Blender with Google Earth Importer plug-in Blender with Google Earth Importer plug-in
Google Earth Google Earth
Merkaartor Merkaartor
Blender with Google Earth Importer plug-in Blender with Google Earth Importer plug-in
Google Maps Google Maps
Geo Measure Area Calculator Geo Measure Area Calculator
BMAC Infotech KML Viewer and Converter BMAC Infotech KML Viewer and Converter
Google Earth Google Earth
Geo Measure Area Calculator Geo Measure Area Calculator
BMAC Infotech KML Converter and Viewer BMAC Infotech KML Converter and Viewer

Additional Information

  • File type: Keyhole Markup Language File

  • File extension: .KML

  • Developer: Невідомо

  • Category: GIS Files

  • Format: XML

  • Mime-type: application/vnd.google-earth.kml+xml


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Vladimir Artiukh

Author: Vladimir Artiukh, Technical Writer

Vladimir Artiukh is a technical writer for Hetman Software, as well as the voice and face of their English-speaking YouTube channel, Hetman Software: Data Recovery for Windows. He handles tutorials, how-tos, and detailed reviews on how the company’s tools work with all kinds of data storage devices.

Oleg Afonin

Editor: Oleg Afonin, Technical Writer

Oleg Afonin is an expert in mobile forensics, data recovery and computer systems. He often attends large data security conferences, and writes several blogs for such resources as xaker.ru, Elcomsoft and Habr. In addition to his online activities, Oleg’s articles are also published in professional magazines. Also, Oleg Afonin is the co-author of a well-known book, Mobile Forensics - Advanced Investigative Strategies.


Questions and answers

  • What is a .KML file and what is its purpose?

    A .KML (Keyhole Markup Language) file is an XML-based file format used for displaying geographic data in mapping applications. It was initially developed for use with Google Earth but is now supported by various GIS (Geographic Information System) software.

    The purpose of a .KML file is to store and represent geographical features such as points, lines, polygons, images, and text overlays. It allows users to define and describe these features using tags and attributes within the XML structure. This file format enables the visualization of data in a spatial context, providing a means to display and share geographic information in a standardized format.

    .KML files can be used to create custom maps, display GPS data, visualize geographic data layers, and share location-based information. They are commonly used for various applications such as mapping, geospatial analysis, tourism, urban planning, and environmental monitoring.

  • How can I open a .KML file on my computer or mobile device?

    To open a .KML file on your computer or mobile device, you can follow these steps:

    On a computer:

    1. Google Earth: If you have Google Earth installed, simply double-click the .KML file, and it will open in Google Earth.
    2. Web-based KML viewer: You can use web-based KML viewers like Google My Maps or Google Earth online. Open the website, import the .KML file, and it will display the content for you.

    On a mobile device:

    1. Google Earth app: Install the Google Earth app from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store (Android). Open the app, tap the menu icon, and select "Projects." Then, tap the "+" button to import the .KML file from your device or cloud storage.
    2. Google Maps app: Install the Google Maps app from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store (Android). Open the app, tap the menu icon, and select "Your places." Then, tap "Maps" and choose "Create Map." Finally, tap the three-dot menu icon and select "Import." Browse your device or cloud storage to find and import the .KML file.

    Note that the specific steps may vary slightly depending on the device and operating system you are using.

  • Are there any specific software or applications required to view and interact with .KML files?

    Yes, there are several software applications that can be used to view and interact with .KML files. Some of the popular ones include:

    1. Google Earth: This is a free application provided by Google that allows you to view and explore .KML files in a 3D virtual globe.
    2. Google Maps: Google Maps can also display .KML files. You can simply upload the .KML file to My Maps on Google Maps and view it in your browser.
    3. ArcGIS Earth: This is a free application from Esri that allows you to view and explore .KML files, along with other spatial data formats.
    4. QGIS: QGIS is an open-source geographic information system (GIS) software that can also handle .KML files. It provides a wide range of functionalities for viewing and analyzing spatial data.
    5. Global Mapper: Global Mapper is a commercial GIS software that supports .KML files. It provides advanced tools for viewing and manipulating spatial data.
    6. GPSBabel: GPSBabel is a free software tool that can convert .KML files to various other formats, allowing you to view and interact with them in different applications.

    These are just a few examples, and there are many other applications available that can handle .KML files. The choice of software depends on your specific needs and preferences.

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