Importing MapInfo TAB Files
Concept Procedure Quick Reference

MapInfo TAB, also referred to as the MapInfo native format, is a two-dimensional format that stores both feature geometry and attributes (data) in a set of physical files that have the following file extensions:

About MapInfo TAB Files

With AutoCAD Map 3D, you can import and export MapInfo TAB up to version 7.


By default, AutoCAD Map 3D considers MapInfo TAB a multi-select, file-based format, that is, you select one or more individual .tab files during a single import process. To change the default so that AutoCAD Map 3D considers MapInfo TAB a folder-based format (all files in the folder are included in the import) or a single-select format (only one file can be selected for import), modify the settings in the mapimport.ini file.

When you import MapInfo TAB files, it is important that you have the complete set of physical files (.tab, .dat, .id, .map, and .ind) in the same folder.

Symbol types are similar to AutoCAD Map 3D point objects. You cannot import TAB symbol types directly. However, if you store the symbol type information in a column in a DAT file, you can map each symbol type to a block in the current AutoCAD Map 3D drawing. To do this, prepare the TAB file by putting the name of the symbol type into a field in the database. Prepare the AutoCAD Map 3D drawing by creating similar symbols as blocks in the AutoCAD Map 3D drawing. Then, during import, perform a point-block mapping and select the check box to get the block name from data and select the symbol type field you created.

In MapInfo, polygons are represented as closed areas. When you import polygons, the polygons appear as polygons in AutoCAD Map 3D unless you select Import Polygons As Closed Polylines in the Import dialog box.

By default, object colors are imported to their closest ACI (AutoCAD Color Index) color. To import object colors using RGB (True Color), you must edit the mapimport.ini file.

To change the default text justification setting for TAB, edit the mapforeignfileproperties.ini file.

Driver Options

MapInfo TAB has no import driver options.

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