Exporting Shapes to SHP


The ESRI Shapefile or simply a shapefile is a popular geospatial vector data format for geographic information systems software. A shapefile commonly refers to a collection of files. The main file (.shp) contains the shape data and the database file (.dbf) contains attributes for each shape. The shapefile exporter can export shapes and attributes to these files. Additionally, the exporter writes an index file (.shx).

Note: The same exporter can also be used to export graph segments: For a graph segment specific description please visit: Exporting Graph Segments to SHP

Shapefile support is not available in all CityEngine versions.

Export Settings

The export dialog consists of the filename and 3D options, as shown below. As usual, presets can be saved and applied.

Options include filename and 3D options.


Press Browse to open a dialog to select a .shp file to export.

3D Options

The following table illustrates the influence of this option:

3D Option Shapefile Type Data
none Polygon 2D
PolygonZ PolygonZ 3D
Multipatch Multipatch 3D

Note: The exporter does not write a .prj projection file. The data is always stored in cartesian coordinates in the current scene coordinate system.

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