Standard File Formats
Read, write, and get information about geospatial data files. For information about supported file formats, see Supported Geospatial File Formats for Import and Export.
|Read geospatial raster data file (Since R2020a)
|Read world file and return reference object
|Read image from graphics file
|Information about geospatial raster data file (Since R2020a)
|Information about GeoTIFF file
|Derive world file name from image file name
|Read geospatial table from vector data file (Since R2021b)
|Read GPX file
|Read vector features and attributes from shapefile
|Information about shapefile
|Write geographic data to KML file
|Write geographic line data to KML file
|Write geographic point data to KML file
|Write geographic polygon to KML file
|Create attribute specification
|Write geographic vector data structure to shapefile
|Create DBF specification
- Functions That Read and Write Geospatial Data
Learn about the toolbox functions that read and write geospatial file formats and geospatial data products.
- Read Data from OpenStreetMap Files
OpenStreetMap® files identify locations using tags. Extract information from OpenStreetMap files based on their tags. (Since R2023b)
- Display Buildings from OpenStreetMap Files
Read buildings from OpenStreetMap files. Visualize the buildings and their attributes using colors and data tips. (Since R2023b)
- Export Vector Geodata
You can export geodata as a shapefile, which can be exchanged between different geographic information systems. You can also create KML files to upload geodata to the web.
- Export KML Files for Viewing in Earth Browsers
Keyhole Markup Language (KML) specifies how a set of geographic features should be displayed in "Earth browsers".
- Select Shapefile Data to Read
You can import a subset of elements in a shapefile by filtering elements according to attribute names and values.