Step 1: Opening a SHP file in Equator
A SHP file on its own won’t be able to show you anything. First it must be put into a ZIP folder along with a SHX file, a PRJ file, and a DBF file, all with the same name. A SHX file indexes each shape which is helpful when there are a large amount of them. A DBF file isn’t always necessary, but it provides an attribute table for each shape with more information about it.