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.shp
1. ArcView shapefile.

A .shp file is an ArcView shapefile, this file contains geospatial data (i.e. 2D or 3D vector data such as maps or road networks). It is used primarily by ESRI ArcView, but is also supported by some other GIS solutions.

There should be an accompanying .shx (index) file and .dbf (database) file.

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2. AutoCAD shape definition file. A .shp is an ASCII text file which contains an AudoCAD shape definition.

A .shp file can be compiled into a .shx compiled shape file

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