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Sunday Tip Day: Convert a Shapefile to Text With Linux

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Never apologise for delayed posts… this is a Sunday Tip Day post, not a Thursday! Anyhow…

I just found a super little cross-platform utility that takes shapefiles and dumps them to a variety of text-based formats. Download it here, and simply unzip it to use it.

There isn’t much documentation, but basically your options are to download to gpx or spreadsheet. The following gives you a simple delimited text file with the coordinates and values from your attribute table:

./shp2text -–spreadsheet /path/to/your/shapefile.shp > /path/to/output.txt

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