I have a .gdb folder with LOCK Files, FREELIST Files, ATX Files, GDBINDEXES Files, GDBTABLE Files, GDBTABLEX Files and, SPX Files.

I want to convert the parcel data within this folder into a shapefile so that I can load it into Arc GIS online. If I still had my ArcGIS desktop version this would be a simple task however, I no longer have access to this version of the software.

Any ideas on how to get this parcel data into a shapefile? I haven't tried downloading QGIS yet so I'm not sure if this software would have that capability as ArcGIS 10.1 did

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    This should help: gis.stackexchange.com/questions/22201/… .... Access it then export it.
    – Branco
    Jul 22, 2014 at 14:45
  • Windows treats file geodatabases as folders, but they are not usable like folders. The 'files' in the folder are generally not usable by anything else, and any modification of them can corrupt the geodatabase.
    – Chris W
    Jul 22, 2014 at 18:41
  • It works! (opening the layer in QGIS and using open directory). Thanks
    – Davidesl
    Jan 31, 2020 at 12:38

2 Answers 2


One option that may be a bit faster (less clicks) or you could call from a script would be to use ogr2ogr command (using OSGeo4wShell (which comes with installation of QGIS)).

ogr2ogr -f "ESRI Shapefile" C:/Temp/Shps C:/Temp/test.gdb

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If you want to export out a subset you may use the same command above but at the end list out the table name(s) (e.g. parcel and citybnd).

ogr2ogr -f "ESRI Shapefile" C:/Temp/Shps C:/Temp/test.gdb parcel citybnd
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    This doesn't work for me. When I run $ ogr2ogr -f "ESRI Shapefile" some-shape.shp some-geo-db.gdb I get this output: FAILURE: Unable to open datasource 'some-geo-db.gdb' with the following drivers. -> ESRI Shapefile -> MapInfo File <snipped for brevity> -> OpenFileGDB
    – mkirk
    Oct 9, 2015 at 20:08
  • Solved - same as: gis.stackexchange.com/questions/143577/…
    – mkirk
    Oct 9, 2015 at 20:12

File Geodatabase in QGIS 2.4 enter image description here

Note: Use Directory rather than File

Once the file geodatbase is loaded save the shapefile

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  • Your answer shows how to load a file geodatabase table(s) in QGIS, but not how to export them to shapefile(s).
    – artwork21
    Jul 22, 2014 at 19:56
  • Have you tried to right-click on the layer in QGIS and Save as?
    – Rayner
    Jul 22, 2014 at 20:05
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    Added Save As Shapefile [under layer menu]
    – Mapperz
    Jul 22, 2014 at 20:06
  • This doesn't work for me. When I save as a shape layer, a new layer is created without any visible error, but the new layer has no features (I've verified that I've selected to save all features, not just selected.)
    – mkirk
    Oct 9, 2015 at 20:06

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