How to share KML files

To share the KML file, it is needed to share both the KML file and the tiles of the different zoom levels stored in folders. If only the KML file is shared, Google Earth will focus on the area, but the tiles will not be loaded. In order to share KML file and all zoom levels, it is convenient to create a KMZ file: a compressed version of the KML file. The KMZ file contains all the tiles and coordinate information needed to load the file.  

There are several ways to generate KMZ file:

A. Using File Explorer:

1. Select the google_tiles folder in project_name\3_dsm_ortho\2_mosaic.
2. Right-click on the folder and click Send to > Compressed (zipped) folder.
3. Share the compressed folder

Note: The recipient has to uncompress the folder and drag-and-drop the KML file into Google Earth 

B. Using external GIS software like Global Mapper:

1. Import orthomosaic in Global Mapper.
2. Click File > Export > Export Web Format > KML/KMZ (Any Data as Images). A kml file will be generated that does not require any sub-folder. 



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  • saurabh gala

    Hi My Name is Saurabh Gala from India
    I want help regarding land maping plz help me.
    I have one project of land maping but i want export fill of map in kml former.
    So i want to know if your software dosed that so i can buy it.

  • Beata (Pix4D)

    Hi Saurabh,

    Yes, you can generate a map (orthomosaic) in the KML format with Pix4Dmapper by following the instructions in the article How to generate the Google Maps Tiles and KML. When you will want to share the KML file with others, follow the instructions from the article above.


  • Francisco Baptista de Gouveia

    Hello PIX4D TEAM, how are you guys?
    We are having here some issue that we don't have figured yet what are we doing wrong with it...
    Loading some KML or KMZ GOOGLE EARTH files, the PIX4D APP in ANDROID 6 says the files "don't have data that can BE uses by PIX4D", can you tell how we can get trought this ISSUE that is keeping US from using that files and that PRECIOUS information? URGENT PLEASE, THANK YOU SO MUCH...

    Edited by Francisco Baptista de Gouveia
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    Gaël (Pix4D)

    Hello Francisco,

    If my understanding is correct, you try to upload a .kml/.kmz file using Pix4Dcapture, am I right?
    In this case, you can follow this procedure
    I would maybe suggest you double check the file you try to import and maybe regenerating a new one if possible.


  • Fernando Delgado


    mi nombre es Fernando, me gustaría saber si puedo generar un archivo kml y copiarlo a mi aplicación del DJI agras MP1 ( en el control del drone) y de esa manera volar sobre la rejilla que se generó, pueden ser lineas de 1 o mas kilometros separadas por 50 metros.


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    Marco (Pix4D)

    Hola Fernando García,

    Primero, escribió en el artículo del producto equivocado.
    Aquí está dedicado a Pix4Dmapper.
    Entonces sólo se puede importar archivos kml en la versión Android de Pix4Dcapture, pero no se puede usar para definir el vuelo.
    Si está usando una aplicación DJI, le sugiero que se ponga en contacto con ellos.


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