How Do I Open a KML File in AutoCAD?

Are you wondering how to open a KML file in AutoCAD? Look no further!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process step by step. So let’s get started!

What is a KML File?

Before we dive into the details, let’s quickly understand what a KML file is. KML stands for Keyhole Markup Language, and it is an XML-based file format used to display geographic data in various applications.

Step 1: Launch AutoCAD

The first step is to launch AutoCAD by double-clicking on the program icon or searching for it in your computer’s applications menu.

Step 2: Open the Import Dialog

Once AutoCAD is up and running, go to the “Insert” tab located at the top of the application window. From the drop-down menu, select “Import”. This will open the Import dialog box.

Step 3: Locate and Select the KML File

In the Import dialog box, navigate to the folder where your KML file is saved. Once you have located it, click on it to select it. You can also use the search bar at the top of the dialog box to quickly find your file if you remember its name.

Step 4: Specify Import Options

In this step, you can customize how your KML features will be imported into AutoCAD. The options may vary depending on your version of AutoCAD, but some common ones include:

  • Merge Points: If checked, points from multiple placemarks within a single folder will be merged into one set of points.
  • Merge Polygons: If checked, polygons from multiple placemarks within a single folder will be merged into one set of polygons.
  • Merge Polylines: If checked, polylines from multiple placemarks within a single folder will be merged into one set of polylines.

Step 5: Import the KML File

Once you have specified your desired import options, click on the “OK” button to import the KML file into AutoCAD. Depending on the size and complexity of the file, this process may take a few moments.

Step 6: Explore and Edit

Congratulations! You have successfully opened a KML file in AutoCAD.

Now you can explore and edit the imported features as needed. Use AutoCAD’s powerful tools to manipulate and analyze the geographic data to suit your requirements.


  • Save Your Work: Remember to save your work regularly to avoid losing any changes or modifications made to the imported KML file.
  • Check for Compatibility: Ensure that your version of AutoCAD supports KML import functionality. Some older versions might not have this feature, so it’s always a good idea to check before proceeding.

That’s it! You now know how to open a KML file in AutoCAD.

We hope this tutorial has been helpful in guiding you through the process. Happy designing!