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What is a MIF file?

MIF files are also known as MapInfo Interchange Format files, and often end in a .mif suffix. This format — developed and used by MapInfo for the export of maps and data — contains the data necessary for plotting map features (such as points, lines, or polygons) on a map. MIF files are often accompanied by MID files. MID files contain data attributes, but are not a mandatory addition to the MIF file format.


A complete MIF dataset contains information about a map's features. This example of a 2-digit ZIP code file of the Netherlands contains the following specifications:

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To add extra information to the map features you'll need the following optional file:

What software can you use to open a MIF file?

Associated filename extensions

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