I'm trying to open a GDB on QGIS for Mac but having no luck.


  1. I'm currently running OS 10.9.3 on my laptop.
  2. I downloaded and installed QGIS 2.6.1-2 from KyngChaos
  3. I installed the GDAL complete package (including NumPy) and the Matplotlib, both from KyngChaos
  4. I attempted to follow Ragi Yaser Burhum's udpated Homebrew advice from this page. I was successful up through step 3; however, step 4 ("Install gdal using brew...") was not successful for me—perhaps because I had already installed it via the package from KyngChaos?

What should I do from here?

  • 1
    You need to install the FileGDB_Plugin (KyngChaos frameworks) with additional requirement (Esri's File GDB API 1.3), see install instructions in the files "VERY IMPORTANT POST-INSTALL.textClipping" or "ReadMe" (in the dmg)
    – gene
    Jan 20, 2015 at 17:17
  • Thanks for the reply! I followed your directions; however, I'm still not able to open my GDB via the QGIS Browser (after navigating to it within the directory). Where should I go from here?
    – Dranian
    Jan 20, 2015 at 18:34
  • How do you try to open the gdb folder ?
    – gene
    Jan 20, 2015 at 18:54
  • I navigate within the Browser to the directory where the GDB is located and have attempted to use the drop-down arrow to open its contents. I also have right-clicked the GDB to assess my options. I'm new to QGIS so I may very well be missing an obvious workflow here. Thanks!
    – Dranian
    Jan 20, 2015 at 19:08
  • look at my answer
    – gene
    Jan 20, 2015 at 19:14

1 Answer 1


You must choose Directory and not File in the dialog:

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  • How should I pull up this dialog menu?
    – Dranian
    Jan 20, 2015 at 19:25
  • when you want to open a vector layer (Add vector layer), don't choose File but Directory
    – gene
    Jan 20, 2015 at 19:48

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