How to salvage a corrupt shapefile

The instructions below describe several options to help in salvaging a corrupt shapefile. Common causes of corruptions are a computer crash while saving edits; adding illegal geometry, for example, bow ties; or modifying the attribute table with other software, for example, Microsoft Excel. If the steps listed here do not salvage the shapefile, you will have to revert to the backup.

Options used to salvage a shapefile


Verify a backup of the data was made before attempting any of these options:

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