How to Convert .e00 Files to Coverages With ArcView 3x

Caitlin Dempsey


You don’t need to have ArcInfo to convert .e00 import files to coverages if you have ArcView installed. Instructions are for Windows OS.

Difficulty Level: Easy Time Required: One minute

Here’s How:

  1. Go to the Windows start menu (bottom left hand corner) and go to the folder where your ArcView shortcuts are installed. For example:
    Programs –> ArcView –> Import71
  2. This will bring up a GUI. In the Export Filename box you will need to indicate the pathname of the .e00 file you want to import. Click the Browse button and navigate to the directory where the file is located.
  3. Now you will need to indicate where you want to import the coverage to. Click the Browse button next to the Output Data Source box and navigate to the directory you want the coverage located.
  4. Click the OK button to start the import process. Depending on the size of the coverage and your computer, this can take anywhere from less than a second to several minutes.
  5. Once the import is done, a window will pop-up with a message that the import was sucessful.
  6. Open up ArcView. Click the Add Theme button, navigate to the directory and load in the feature type of the newly import coverage.


  1. Once imported, coverages are hard to move so pick the right directory from the start.

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Caitlin Dempsey
Caitlin Dempsey is the editor of Geography Realm and holds a master's degree in Geography from UCLA as well as a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from SJSU.

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1 thought on “How to Convert .e00 Files to Coverages With ArcView 3x”

  1. Hey,

    Thanks for the helpful info!

    I was wondering if you would know of any way to import an ArcINFO file (.e00) into Google Maps.

    Any help or suggestions would be great. Thanks again!

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