How to Convert CSV to KML

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How to Convert CSV to KML
Convert CSV to KML via KMLConverter. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

CSV stands for Comma Separated Values. If you have a CSV file containing locations that you wish to add to Google Maps, you need to convert it to a KML file. KML stands for Keyhole Markup Language, which is an XML format for modelling and storing geographic features including points, lines, images, polygons and models for showing in Google Maps. You can use free tools such as KML Converter to convert a CSV file to KML. Other KML converters include CVS to KML Converter and an online tool KML Tools.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Download KML Converter utility from Google KML factory or CSV to KML Converter from (see Resources). You can also utilise the online KML tool (see Resources). Unzip the downloaded file. Locate KMLConverter.jar or CSV to KML Converter.exe and double-click to launch the program. These three tools has similar use interface.

  2. 2

    Click "Browse" to find the CSV source file. Set Column data format for columns. By default, all columns are set to be exported as description.

  3. 3

    Click "Set Type and Convert" button to start the conversion. Click "Export to KML" to export the converted file. The exported KML file is ready to be used for Google Earth or Google Maps.

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