How to Open Kmz Files

By Cory Birdsong

A .kmz file is created and opened using Google Earth. Google Earth is a fancier desktop version of Google's popular maps application, allowing users to view detailed three-dimensional renderings of the Earth, not just flat photography and map data. Google Earth uses .kmz files as zipped placemarks that may also contain the 3-D model of a building at the specified location.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows- or Mac OS X-equipped computer
  • Google Earth software
  • Internet connection

Step 1

Download and install Google Earth using the link the references section.

Step 2

Launch Google Earth.

Step 3

Click the "File" menu and choose "Open."

Step 4

Locate the .kmz file on your computer. Click on it, and select "Open." The file should appear as a placemark in the places section on the left side of the Google Earth window.

Tips & Warnings

  • To save your own .kmz file, right-click on a place in the sidebar and choose "Save Place As..."