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I am looking for a tool (Python library etc.) that would allow me to edit a file geodatabase without ESRI software?

It is possible?

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GDAL/OGR has python bindings and a FileGDB driver, but it requires the FileGDB API SDK from ESRI (not free, but AFAIK free of charge).

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See also gis.stackexchange.com/questions/18692 –  jef Jul 8 '12 at 21:41

As wrote before + The File Geodatabase must be created in ArcGIS 10(+). File GDB's created using ArcGIS 9.X are NOT supported.

Also it is possible with Qgis with the mentioned library - well I only opened the file, didn't try to edit - more here: How to get ".GDB" (Esri File Geodatabase) support in Quantum GIS (osgeo4w - qgis)

(I wanted to wrote this as comment to previous answer but I don't see any link "add comment")

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You could utilize my Python wrapper for the File Geodatabase API.

Read about it here: http://libjoe.blogspot.com/2014/02/python-wrapper-for-esri-file.html

I also started an open source project for it: https://code.google.com/p/file-geodatabase-api-python-wrapper/

Joseph Armbruster

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