3 Replies Latest reply: Jun 28, 2007 7:26 AM by Austin Kinsella1
XP Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
When I drag a Google Earth .kmz attachment from mail to the desktop it changes the extension to .kmz.zip. I am then unable to open the the placemark unless I delete the .zip extension.

I get a similar result if I double click the attachment from within Mail - it goes to bomarchivehelper and asks me if I want to unzip the file as it may contain an application.

Any idea what's going on?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • neuroanatomist Level 7 Level 7 (31,690 points)
    What's going on is that .kmz files are zipped files (kmz = Keyhole Markup language Zipped). OS X automatically unzips the file for you, but I suspect because the contents are not recognized as a document or application the OS adds .zip as a suffix to the newly uncompressed file.

    According to the Google developer knowledge base, you need to manually change the extension back to .kmz after unzipping the file.

    Hope this helps...
  • XP Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Thanks - that does help and your solution does work though I find it illogical. Surely OSX would add the .zip to the file when zipped, rather than when unzipped.

  • Austin Kinsella1 Level 6 Level 6 (11,520 points)
    If I receive a KMZ file in Mail and single-click, it pops a warning that x.kmz.zip my contain an application. Click OK and Google Earth opens and the globe spins to the marked location.

    If this isn't happening for you (assuming you have Google Earth!) control-click the link and see what it offers for open with - if it doesn't include GE, select other and browse to GE.