File geodatabases are a proprietary data format created by ESRI.

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How to get “.GDB” (Esri File Geodatabase) support in Quantum GIS (osgeo4w - qgis)

Following questions: Open Source Tool capable of Reading .gdb? How to access file geodatabase in Qgis? How to get FGDB support in GDAL 1.9 without compiling? I have spent around 2 days to find the ...
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Whether to use File Geodatabase (*.gdb), Personal Geodatabase (*.mdb) or shapefiles?

I am a bit confused on the topic of geodatabases. Previously, I have used geodatabases as an easy way to keep all files together rather than having dozens of shapefiles all over the place. And it's ...
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Can ESRI's File Geodatabase API be Redistributed?

ESRI's file geodatabase API can now be used with GDAL/OGR - http://www.gdal.org/ogr/drv_filegdb.html however each individual seems to have to login to ESRI and download the API files individually. For ...
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Issues Using Dropbox to Sync File GeoDatabases

I've been able to accumulate a large free dropbox account and use it to Sync my GIS databases across several different PC's. I've just started doing this and havent had any problems thus far. But I am ...
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How to get FGDB support in GDAL 1.9 without compiling?

I was hoping that I could use the 'master' (nightly-build) version of QGIS to get fgdb support without compiliing (I'm not a developer and frankly have wasted days of productive time trying to get ...
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Is it possible to edit layers from a FGDB - File Geodatabse in QGIS?

I think I've found the answer (you can't edit FGDB's) but there seem to be few reports around that it is possible to edit FGDB files in QGIS. Can anyone advise if it's possible to setup QGIS ...
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How to perform Full Text Search of Esri geodatabase?

How would you go about searching the contents of features, the values in the attribute columns, in an Esri geodatabase? (preference for file-gdb, but SDE would be useful too.) I can envisage workflow ...
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What are the Best-practices for deploying services, data, & code to an ArcGIS production server?

We have a production GIS viewer that runs on a production server. Testing new development/data is done on a test server and we develop on a different server also. At the moment, a lot of the ...
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File Geodatabase API .NET Wrapper - Determine if Table/Feature Class Is Locked

I have been using the file gdb api .NET wrapper, and it has suited my needs quite nicely (vs using ArcObjects). One of the things I have yet to figure out if there is a proper way to determine if a ...
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Building GDAL With Read/Write Support of FileGDB

Has anyone been successful in building gdal with read/write support of file geodatabases? I am able to build successfully, just never see FileGDB as in the supported vector formats. Here is what I ...
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How to collapse folder structure into single folder using ArcGIS ModelBuilder?

I have a single folder, let's call it Folder1, which contains multiple folders; FolderA, FolderB, FolderC.....FolderZ. Folders A-Z each contain multiple file geodatabases. Folders A-Z do not contain ...
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QGIS2--How long to open 3.5GB File.GDB directory vector layer? Seconds, minutes, hours?

I am a new GIS user, and have started with QGIS 2.01 Dufour. I am trying to open an ESRI-style File.GDB (v10) directory that has a 3.5GB gdbtable file that is of Texas state hypsometry/topography. ...
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FME - How to send list of files to reader

I have an Excel spreadsheet which contains the file paths of MapInfo files that I want to convert to a File Geodatabase using FME. Is it possible to send this spreadsheet to the MapInfo reader so ...
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How to programmatically determine the size of a feature class in a file geodatabase?

My answer to the question How to get the size of a file geodatabase feature class on disk? shows how one can enable a column in ArcCatalog showing the file size of FGDB feature classes in the contents ...
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Building FGDB support for GDAL 1.10 on Ubuntu

Because data.gc.ca is now distributing some of its data in FGDB format (example: Plant Hardiness Zones), I would like to be able to use it with gdal/QGIS. The compile/install is not going as planned, ...
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Creating a table containing all filenames (and possibly metadata) in a File Geodatabase

I need to create a metadata-table for all files in a File Geodatabase or Spatial Database. It would be awesome if it were possible to automatically be updated with new filenames, and possibly even ...
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Does File Geodatabase performance degrade as it fills up?

I'm having a memory leak issue. Upon investigating this more, it seems the file based geodatabase I write to in a loop, is growing very large, and as it grows, it significantly degrades the ...
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How to copy File Geodatabase, in its entirety, while it is in use?

I'm wondering if there is any way to duplicate an in use File Geodatabase? The Geodatabase I have is being used by ArcGIS Server for a few of our web mapping applications. I understand I could stop ...
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ESRI GDB Support in GDAL / ogr2ogr on Mac OS X 10.8

How do you incorporate support for ESRI's fgdb format into GDAL / ogr2ogr on Mac OS X 10.8?
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Slow FileGDB Performance in GDAL

I am attempting to write many ASPRS LAS point files into an ESRI File Geodatabase using my compilation of GDAL 1.9.2. The FileGDB driver for GDAL/OGR appears to be incredibly slow when writing large ...
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How to export data from ArcGis to .txt? [duplicate]

I have a file-geodatbase,it is a road network of a city. Now I want to export the data into .txt file for map matching, I have installed ArcGis for Desktop and not used ArcGis before, what should I ...
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Why can't I checkout points from FGDB?

I'm using ArcGIS 10.1 with ArcPad 10.0. I am trying to learn how to use the check-out and check-in functionality with a file geodatabase. The database I'm has 13 feature classes in it, most of which ...
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How to compare two Geodatabases

I would like to compare the data of two geodatabases, in SDE or a file geodatabase, to detect the changes occured between them , i've tried to compare the Xml workspace document of both databases ...
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How to solve “Cannot create topology” in ArcCatalog?

I have a FileGeodatabase in ArcGIS 10.0 with a feature dataset and five feature classes (3 polygon shapes, 1 line shape, 1 point shape). I'm trying to create a topology to verify some vectors. ...
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Can I verify that attribute indexes are being used in a query from ArcObjects?

We have some software as part of a larger project written using ArcObjects via .NET. This software migrates and merges data from multiple file geodatabases in one schema to a single file geodatabase ...
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How do I read a File Geodatabase using R?

File geodatabase (fgdb) includes numerous file geodatabase tables. As far as I know they exist as dbf files, but are within a Database.gdb. In ArcCatalog, the file pathway resembles ...
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How to find out if a file geodatabase was compressed?

I work with a bunch of file geodatabases and some of them are compressed. I want to find out quickly which ones are and which aren't. The Compress File Geodatabase Data GP tool doesn't seem to have ...
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How to add files within file geodatabase (*.gdb) folder into ArcMap?

I'm trying to use ArcMap to make a basemap and I currently have an unzipped folder full of files including .atx, .gbdindexes, .gdbtable, .gdbtablx, and .spx. I'm well aware that these files cannot be ...
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What is the relative popularity of ESRI GDB files vs GDB over RDBMS for custom web apps?

Our organization is interested in knowing the frequency with which people who are using ESRI geodatabases choose GDB files over GDB in relational databases for serving web applications. Opinions and ...
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Where can I find the various Esri tools to design a geodatabase?

There is a confusing multitude of tools written by Esri and others (some supported, some unsupported) for designing and diagramming a geodatabase. Here is an attempt at creating a definitive list of ...
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Using File GDB API .NET Wrapper in ASP.NET Web Service

I am trying to use the File GDB API (1.2) .NET wrapper in an asp.net web service with no luck. The website will not load spitting out error: "Could not load file or assembly 'Esri.FileGDBAPI.DLL' or ...
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Problems with a FileGeodatabase locking

We have file geodatabase on a network drive, version 9.2, which locks every time a specific machine starts up ArcMap 10.0 or ArcCatalog 10.0. This machine isn't actually reading anything from this ...
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Calculate area of interest based on X events within Y kilometers within Z days

I'm currently in Afghanistan and need some geospatial support. I have a customer that needs to know where Areas of Interest (AOI) exist. AOIs are defined as 3 types of events within 1KM of each other ...
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Gdal Python Bindings and File Geodatabase API

I'm trying to get python 2.7 to work with GDAL/OGR and an ESRI file geodatabase. There have been a few similar questions asked but the answers don't fully resolve my situation. I have installed the ...
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Calculating the space a feature class will use in ArcSDE?

Is it possible to get a good estimate on how much space a feature class will take once loaded into ArcSDE from how big they are in a FGDB? I have some feature classes in a FGDB, where some are a few ...
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Preparations for a transition to ArcSDE [closed]

So I'm a GIS Intern for a city government, we are preparing to purchase ArcSDE and implement it to our current GIS setup. I'm curious as to what should be done before it is purchased. Our GIS consists ...
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Will killing ArcMap process while it's copying features corrupt the file geodatabase?

So..., I made the unfortunate decision to try and copy/paste 22,000+ address points into the same file geodatabase. It's taking soooooooo long.... So my question is, how much of a chance is there to ...
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How to import ArcGIS 10.1 File geodatabase to MS SQL Server 2012?

I would like to import my File Geodatabase from ArcGIS 10.1 into MS SQL Server 2012. I have never done it before, so I expect to do the import the same way as import data from excel table. Problem ...
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Setting ArcGIS Server 10.2 Data Store Folder as Local vs. Network (UNC) path

Is there any difference? How setting ArcGIS Server Data Store Folder as local vs. network path will affect the publishing process? I saw warnings in ArcMap 10.1 when I Analyze the MXD before I ...
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Can I use QGIS 2.0.1 with the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD)?

my first post here, and i'm a trying to learn QGIS now that i've graduated and ARC is no longer an option. I am trying to download and open with QGIS state-specific data from the USGS NHD Viewer, and ...
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FME - MapInfo to File Geodatabase Conversion Project

I'm about to start a big project converting 25,000 MapInfo files to File Geodatabase. I'm using FME to process the files. I want FME to search all files in a directory (and subdirectories). When ...
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How to calculate distances between addresses and cities and coast line?

I am totally new to GIS, and so I apologize if my question is not clear enough. My basic problem is the following: I have about 160,000 Danish addresses with longitude and latitude for each address. ...
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Explicitly locking a file geodatabase

I need to lock a file geodatabase (or only a single Mosaic dataset) at the beginning of a python script (and release it in the end).. I looked and looked and couldn't find any explicit arcpy command ...
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What is the most efficient way to publish different thematic versions of the same large feature class?

I have a large feature class containing many thousands of polygons. For several reasons, at least part of the time in our development/deployment process, it lives in a file GDB. It is part of a map ...
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Why would Update (Analysis) tool from ArcGIS Desktop 10.0 create duplicate features in file geodatabase?

I am attempting to use the Update (Analysis) tool to update a right of way (ROW) polygon feature class with a roads polygon feature class. The ROW feature class completely contains the roads feature ...
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How to Create a Version 10 File Geodatabase from an XML from ArcGIS 9.2?

A client has given me an XML document for the schema of an ArcGIS 9.2 Geodatabase. The final goal will be to create a version 10 version of the geodatabase but the client doesn't have version 10 yet. ...
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ogr2ogr / GDAL remove features in FileGDB while in use by ArcGIS Server map service

I'm using ogr2ogr to pull features out of Oracle and put them into a File GeoDatabase. The FGDB is being used by an active ArcGIS Server map service. This is all done for performance / reducing DB ...
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How to maintain GlobalIDs while copying shape file data into Esri FGDB feature class?

I want to copy a shape file data into an Esri file geodatabase feature class. That feature class having a GlobalID column and it is being auto generated by the system while copying. The GlobalID ...
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Homebrew OGR with FGDB support on OSX 10.9

This answer worked beautifully in 10.8, but isn't working immediately in 10.9. The link to download the FileGDB API still works, but there are a bunch of options available I don't remember from ...
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Why does ArcGIS 10.1 Upgrade Geodatabase tool throw ERROR 999999: Error executing function?

I am trying to upgrade File Geodatabases using a Python script that runs fine until the step where it runs the Upgrade Geodatabase tool. The error is: "ERROR 999999: Error executing ...