Introduction This post is aimed at providing assistance to folks who are trying to merge many shapefiles into one single file in either windows or linux environment. Stuff like this may seem obvious to power users of GDAL/OGR, but not to those that are just new to using these great free tools. Merging Shape (*.shp) Files on Windows Essentially, these commands will grab every shapefile in a directory, and merge them into a single file called “merged.