Basic features user guide

About KML

KML, or 'Keyhole Markup Language', is an XML grammar and file format for modeling and storing geographic features such as points, lines, images, polygons, and models for display in Google Earth, Google Maps and other applications. You can use KML to share places and information with other users of these applications. You can find example KML files on the KML Gallery and Google Earth Community site that describe interesting features and places.

A KML file is processed by Google Earth in a similar way that HTML and XML files are processed by web browsers. Like HTML, KML has a tag-based structure with names and attributes used for specific display purposes. Thus, Google Earth acts as browsers of KML files. Learn more (English Only).

Google Maps can only display certain features of KML. For more information, see this Google Maps Help topic.

Note - A KMZ file is a compressed version of a KML file. Google Earth can open KML and KMZ files if these files have the proper file name extension (.kml or .kmz).