In ArcGIS 10 I could use the Create File GDB geoprocessing tool to create a 9.3 file geodatabase or the Create Personal GDB geoprocessing tool to create a 9.3 personal geodatabase. But I cant't find a similar method in the ArcObjects SDK for ArcGIS 10. The IWorkspaceFactory2.Create method seems only to create geodatabases compatible with ArcGIS 10.

Possible workarounds are:

But is there really no possibility to create a 9.3 Geodatabase with the ArcObjects SDK for ArcGIS 10?

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You can do it with the geoprocessor (add using ESRI.ArcGIS.Geoprocessor; and using ESRI.ArcGIS.DataManagementTools; to your class file).

            //Initialize GeoProcessor
            Geoprocessor geoProcessor = new Geoprocessor();

            //Create file geodatabase 
            CreateFileGDB createFileGDB = new CreateFileGDB();
            createFileGDB.out_folder_path = @"c:\temp";
            createFileGDB.out_name = "chickens";
            createFileGDB.out_version = "9.3";

            geoProcessor.Execute(createFileGDB, null);
  • The geoprocessor functions are built on ArcObjects so it seems to me that there must be a way to do it without instantiating a GP object. I guess it doesn't matter if it works, but I am curious as to how the GP method does it.
    – blah238
    Aug 3, 2011 at 17:51
  • Thanks Jay. The geoprocessor seems to be the only way to create 9.3 GDBs. I think raw ArcObjects can only handle current Versions of the geodatabases. Very strange. Aug 5, 2011 at 6:50
  • I had the idea to take empty file (and personal) geodatabases of all the earlier versions and them to an assembly as an embedded resource and write a methods to handle writing them out to files. Just haven't had the time. But I would use something like that before I use that Geoprocessor (unless I already needed it for something else). Aug 5, 2011 at 10:39
  • Jay, I also dislike that Geoprocessor and the idea of an embedded resource is interesting. In another context I use XML Workspace Documents as embedded resources. Aug 17, 2011 at 20:20

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