.KMZ 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 .KMZ file recovery guide for Windows, MacOS, Android and IOS in 2024.

KMZ File Recovery

What is a .KMZ 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.

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

There are several common causes of ".KMZ" files being lost or experiencing failure:

  1. Accidental deletion: Users may accidentally delete ".KMZ" files while organizing or cleaning up their computer or storage devices.
  2. File system corruption: Issues with the file system, such as errors or corruption, can lead to the loss or failure of ".KMZ" files.
  3. Hardware failure: Malfunctioning or damaged storage devices, such as hard drives or memory cards, can result in the loss of ".KMZ" files.
  4. Virus or malware attack: Malicious software can infect and corrupt ".KMZ" files, making them inaccessible or causing failure.
  5. Software or application issues: Problems with the software or application used to create or open ".KMZ" files can lead to their loss or failure.
  6. Power failure or system crash: Unexpected power outages or system crashes while working with ".KMZ" files can cause data loss or file corruption.
  7. Improper file transfer or handling: Errors during file transfers, improper ejection of external storage devices, or mishandling of ".KMZ" files can result in their loss or failure.
  8. Operating system issues: Incompatibility between the operating system and the ".KMZ" file format or errors within the operating system can lead to file loss or failure.
  9. Human error: Accidental formatting of storage devices, improper file manipulation, or other human errors can result in the loss or failure of ".KMZ" files.

It is important to regularly backup ".KMZ" files and take preventive measures, such as using reliable storage devices and maintaining up-to-date antivirus software, to minimize the risk of file loss or failure.

How to recover lost ".KMZ" 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 ".KMZ" file may be deleted.

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

Use programs for recovering ".KMZ" 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 ".KMZ" 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 ".KMZ" 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 ".KMZ" extension?

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Programs that open ".KMZ" files

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ESRI ArcGIS for Desktop ESRI ArcGIS for Desktop
Blender with Google Earth Importer plug-in Blender with Google Earth Importer plug-in
Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 Adobe Photoshop CC 2019
Google Earth Google Earth
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Blender with Google Earth Importer plug-in Blender with Google Earth Importer plug-in
Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 Adobe Photoshop CC 2019
Google Earth Google Earth
Blender with Google Earth Importer plug-in Blender with Google Earth Importer plug-in
Google Maps Google Maps
Google Earth Google Earth

Additional Information

  • File type: Google Earth Placemark File

  • File extension: .KMZ

  • Developer: Google

  • Category: GIS Files

  • Format: Zip

  • Mime-type: application/vnd.google-earth.kmz

  • HEX: 3C

  • ASCII: <


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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 .KMZ file and how does it differ from other file formats?

    A .KMZ file is a compressed version of a Keyhole Markup Language (KML) file. KML is an XML-based file format used to display geographic data in mapping applications, such as Google Earth. KMZ files are used to package and share KML files along with additional resources like images, textures, and overlays.

    The main difference between KMZ and other file formats is the compression. KMZ files use a compression algorithm to reduce the file size, making it easier to share and distribute. This compression does not affect the data or its structure; it only reduces the file size for efficient storage and transfer.

    Furthermore, KMZ files are designed to be self-contained, meaning all the necessary resources and data are bundled within the file itself. This makes it easier to share complex geospatial information as a single file, without worrying about missing resources or dependencies.

    In contrast, other file formats like KML or shapefile typically consist of multiple files and folders, which can be more cumbersome to manage and share. KMZ simplifies this process by packaging everything into a single, compressed file.

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

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

    On a computer:

    1. Install Google Earth: If you don't have Google Earth installed on your computer, download and install it from the official website (https://www.google.com/earth/versions/).
    2. Launch Google Earth: Open the Google Earth application on your computer.
    3. Open the .KMZ file: Go to the "File" menu and select "Open" or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+O (Windows) or Command+O (Mac). Browse your computer for the .KMZ file and click "Open." The file will open in Google Earth.

    On a mobile device:

    1. Install Google Earth app: If you don't have the Google Earth app installed on your mobile device, download and install it from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store (Android).
    2. Open the .KMZ file: Locate the .KMZ file on your mobile device, either in your downloads folder or any other location where you saved it. Tap on the file, and it should automatically open in the Google Earth app.

    Note: .KMZ files are essentially compressed versions of .KML files, which contain geographic data and placemarks for use in Google Earth.

  • Are there any specific software or applications required to open and view the contents of a .KMZ file?

    Yes, to open and view the contents of a .KMZ (Keyhole Markup Language Zipped) file, you will need software or applications that support KMZ files. The most common software used to open KMZ files is Google Earth, which is a free application available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Google Earth allows you to explore and view geographic data contained within KMZ files.

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