So I don't really know how I should aks this question to make it understandable for everybody but in specific:

I am searching for Data, which has, for example every point of the path of the Border of the USA (or any other country),

My aim is to make a windows forms control, using an array containing that data and set it to its shape.

Does anyone know where I can get that kind of data? I searched for geodata but i don't know if that is the right search key and everything I got is a .shp File from which I can't do what I want to do, at least as far as I know.

2 Answers 2


You can use the .shp files without having to use GIS... Download the shapefile with the resolution (scale) you want from Natural Earth then convert it to GeoJSON using Shape Escape... Learn more about GeoJSON at geojson.org/geojson-spec.html

  • Okay that's great, now I have my shape file converted to a GeoJSON file. Problem now is that i don't know what to do with that file, it has a lot of arrays and so on, I can't identify them though and i don't know what to do with it. Any further help?
    – Eych
    Jun 24, 2015 at 13:30
  • It depends on your goals, here is a great example using D3: bost.ocks.org/mike/map and here is one that uses Leaflet: leafletjs.com/examples/geojson.html
    – CCantey
    Jun 24, 2015 at 15:41

this repo of world geojson data has the outline of the us
here's the actual file

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.