Does anyone know how to extract metadata information from a shapefile in FME?

To be exact, i want to extract the schema (data structure) of the data such as the field names, etc. from a shapefile and export as a xml or any format.

Example, if i have a shapefile named 'Road', i want to extract its field names like road name, road length etc and export it in xml preferably rather than viewing the field names of the shapefile in a datainspector.

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    What type of metadata? Can you edit your question to include exactly what you want to do and what you've tried?
    – Fezter
    Commented Dec 9, 2014 at 6:49
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    If any format is acceptable, why not just use the .dbf that accompanies the .shp file?
    – nmtoken
    Commented Dec 9, 2014 at 9:31
  • Well sure.Could you suggest how to export a field names alone from a dbf to xml
    – User123
    Commented Dec 9, 2014 at 9:41
  • If you are coding this in .NET, you could load up the DBF file as a DataTable, which has built in methods for table schema.
    – Branco
    Commented Dec 22, 2014 at 20:55
  • Have you tried using the "Schema (Any Format)" reader?
    – blah238
    Commented Dec 22, 2014 at 21:18

2 Answers 2


Multiple options:


Static: Schema (Any Format) Reader


Dynamic: FeatureReader Transformer Use Creator to initiate proces. Define folder in Dataset. Choose Schema Features in Schema/Data Features. Connect output port.



attribute{0}.fme_data_type (string) fme_varchar(10)
attribute{0}.name (string)  CTE
attribute{0}.native_data_type (string)  char(10)
attribute{1}.fme_data_type (string) fme_varchar(50)
attribute{1}.name (string)  THEMA
attribute{1}.native_data_type (string)  char(50)
attribute{2}.fme_data_type (string) fme_varchar(50)
attribute{2}.name (string)  THEMB
attribute{2}.native_data_type (string)  char(50)

It seems you want to create schema document(*.xsd) out of the shapefile. You can do this in Arcmap 10.1 Exporting data in xml file format, which can export any feature or raster class to xml document. From there you can convert it into *.xsd document with the help of several online convertors like FreeFormatter.com and xmlgrid.net.

In Arcmap, add shapefiles into geodatabase and then run the conversion tool.

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