How to Unzip a KMZ

By Nasim Bey

A Google Earth file, a virtual Earth mapping program in Keyhole Markup Language (KML) that has been compressed (zipped), becomes a KMZ file. Users may need to unzip the KMZ to extract three-dimensional architectural meshes for editing with CAD software. KMZ is supported by a wide range of archive unzipping programs, such as 7-Zip, WinRAR and PeaZip.

PeaZip

Step 1

Download and install PeaZip from Sourceforge.

Step 2

Open PeaZip. Click "File." Select "Open Archive."

Step 3

Select the KMZ from the Explorer window. Click "Open."

Step 4

Select the file(s) you wish to extract. Click on the "Extract" icon. Choose a folder destination. Click "OK."

WinRAR

Step 1

Download and install WinRAR from the Rarlabs website.

Step 2

Open WinRAR. Click "File." Select "Open Archive."

Step 3

Select the KMZ from the Explorer window. Click "Open."

Step 4

Click "Extract To." Choose a folder destination, and click "OK."

7-Zip

Step 1

Download and install 7-Zip from the 7-Zip website.

Step 2

Right-click on the KMZ to open the drop-down menu.

Step 3

Select "7-Zip." Click "Extract Here."