MapBuilder - Import of a Shapefile Map

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When working with Mapviewer, you may face with the need to have map data to begin to work. The demo files come with some data but are really without utility if you work in an other country than the US.

Shapefile are really well spread out on the internet and easy to find.

You can load them:

For instance, in the Netherlands, you will find on the CBS website (statistic bureau/office is always a good place to search) free of charge the map for the country on three levels.

Example of Nederlands administrative levels :

But you can find others type of levels such as:

I will show you how to import the map for the level gemeente.

Mapbuilder Preview Nl Gemeente



Add a connection where you want to store your spatial data.

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Mapbuilder Add A Connection

You will find the utility in the menu.

Mapbuilder Import Shapefile


Give all the data, particulary the location of the shapefile.

Be careful with the SRID ! You can:

  • get it by uploading your PRJ file in this lookup web site
  • or just leave 0 if it's unknown (according to the documentation of the Shapefile Converter utility)

Mapbuilder Import Shapefile Parameters

Create a theme to allow the preview and to begin to construct a futur map.

Mapbuilder Import Shapefile Parameters 2


If you go to the preview tab and click on the green arrow, you will then see the Netherlands by “gemeente” :

Mapbuilder Preview Nl Gemeente

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