.MXD File Extension

File Type:
ArcGIS Map Document

Having trouble opening .mxd extension? Don't panic! This page explains what mxd files are as well as suggests programs you may use to open mxd files. You can download these programs through this page.

What is a MXD file?

Mxd file extension has ArcGIS Map Document file type, developed by ESRI, which is associated with the "gis files" category.

Typically applied by ESRI software, the file saves map layout and description, as well as embedded map objects. It is comprised of units that are called streams and storages.

To learn how you can open the given file, read the information below.

mxd file icon
File Type:
ArcGIS Map Document
GIS Files

How to open MXD file?

Double click the mxd file to open it. The file will open automatically if file associations have been correctly installed and there is a proper program on your computer; if not, file associations may be corrupted and your OS either cannot find the proper program, or you might not have one for opening the file. First, we recommend downloading our utility to fix file association errors; then, you can download any program for opening the .mxd extension from the ones suggested below. If you are certain there is nothing wrong with the file associations, you may proceed to method 2 right away; besides, if you can't make up your mind when choosing the right program, use Universal File Viewer from the last method.

Method 1: Fix file association errors

Follow these steps in order to automatically fix the mxd extension associations' problem in no time:

  • Step 1: Click on "Download Solution" to download automatic tool provided by WikiExt.
  • Step 2: Click "Start Scan" to identify all potential issues.
  • Step 3: Review scan results and click "Fix Items".

File Size: 3.04 MB, Download time: < 1 min. on DSL/ADSL/Cable

This Tool is Compatible With: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1, 10

Method 2: Download the appropriate software

The given list provides programs which may be used for opening or converting the mxd file. Choose the proper program for your OS, and click it to start the download or proceed to the developer's website.

Programs that open MXD files

Method 3: Use universal file viewer

In addition to the list of programs above, we recommend using Universal File Viewer. This tool can open over 250 file extensions and, most likely, it will be able to open the mxd file as well. Download Universal File Viewer for your OS.

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