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What is a TAB File?

A TAB file is a geospatial vector data format developed by Mapinfo, and is intended for geographic information system (GIS) software. This format links all other files (.DAT, .IND, .MAP and .ID) together, and turns them into a map. TAB files are most often used in GIS software such as Arcgis, QGIS, Mapinfo or Tableau Software.


A complete Mapinfo dataset contains files with mandatory attribute data, as well as optional data intended for the addition of vector features to the map. The mandatory files include:

The following files are needed to create a map from your data:

What software opens a Mapinfo TAB file?

Do you want to import a TAB file into Spotzi Mapbuilder?
Unfortunately, Spotzi Enterprise doesn't support TAB formats. You can, however, still import your data by first converting your TAB into a shapefile. Please read our article on converting a Mapinfo TAB file into a shapefile.

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