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Is it possible to open a PGDB file in software other than ArcGIS?

i.e are there any opensource software available just for viewing the data?

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It can be viewed in Quantum GIS, a popular open source desktop gis application.

Choose Layer > Add Vector Layer and select Personal Geodatabase from File Types.

It will display all feature classes. But advanced ESRI features like Network and Topology will not be visible.

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The free TatukGIS viewer will open ESRI personal geodatabases. It is not open source.

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Thanks. Seems perfect for the times I just need to quickly view a file. –  user3461 Aug 29 '12 at 0:28

You can open a PGDB in Microsoft Access if you have it as it's just an access database.

If you need opensource then you could use OpenOffice

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Note that this will allow you to view the tabular data, but you will not be able to see the feature geometries. –  user3461 Aug 28 '12 at 11:10
You should also be careful to keep a backup of your personal geodatabase before doing this. While Access is a great way to peek into the database, and even make changes, you can easily kill your database if you edit the wrong table –  Stephen Lead Aug 29 '12 at 1:40

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