Or just drop a GeoJSON, KML, or GPX file into the window to load existing data.
click2shp is a browser-based GIS shapefile creation tool developed by Nick Burkhart at Geospatial @ UCLA.
We believe that editing and/or creating the geometry and attributes of vector (point, line, and polygon) geospatial data should not require access to cumbersome or proprietary desktop GIS software packages.
click2shp allows you to interactively draw point, line, and polygon features on top of basemap data or satellite/aerial imagery and export your work in several common geospatial data formats (including shapefile) with the click of a button.
click2shp is and always will be available for free.
What is click2shp?
click2shp is a browser-based vector GIS data creation tool. click2shp allows you to draw point, line, and polygon features atop a map in your web browser and export a file (Shapefile, GeoJSON, or KML formats) containing the features with the click of a button.
How do I draw on the map and create a shapefile of the features I draw?
It's simple -- start adding point, line, or polygon features to the map by selecting a drawing tool near the upper right corner of the map window. Once you select a drawing tool, all single clicks on the map will place a point or a vertex. If you are in the process of drawing a polygon or a line, double-clicking will complete that feature and begin another feature. Export your data by clicking the Export icon in the menu bar and choosing a file format from the drop-down menu. Your browser will generate the shapefile and save it to your device. Note that the entirety of the shapefile generation process takes place within your browser, and your digitized geometry is not transmitted to our server.
How do I add attribute data?
Attribute fields can be configured by clicking on the Attribute tool in the navigation bar. Attribute field names must conform to shapefile standards -- therefore, they must contain only alphanumeric characters and underscores and must not exceed ten characters in length.
Can I draw points, lines, and polygons all at the same time?
Yes, you can draw as many features as you would like of all three types simultaneously in click2shp. Specifications of the shapefile file format prohibit features of multiple types from residing within the same shapefile, so if you add features of more than one type to a map and then export a shapefile, a shapefile will be generated for every feature type that you add to the map. Therefore, if you add point, line, and polygon features to a map, you will receive a zipped folder containing three shapefiles -- one for each feature type added to your map.
Are shapefiles generated by click2shp projected?
Yes, all shapefiles generated by click2shp are projected using the Web Mercator projection (EPSG:3857), the same projection used for the vast majority of tiled data used in Web GIS environments. The projection information is stored in a .prj file bundled with your shapefile(s).
Is click2shp free to use?
Yes. As a free and open tool provided by Geospatial @ UCLA, click2shp is free to use, and the features currently available to you will always be free.