I'm looking for a way to access raster layers in an Esri File-GeoDatabase without using ArcObjects or ArcPy, specifically I would like to access the raster layers with GDAL. I understand that the GDAL FileGDB and OpenFileGDB give access to vector datasets within File-GeoDatabases, and that ESRI's own FileGDB C++ API does not support raster access.

Is anyone out there aware of any open source solutions?

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    Related: stackoverflow.com/questions/27821571/…
    – Aaron
    Commented Jun 18, 2015 at 17:23
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    Reverse-engineering rasters isn't likely to be simple. There's a reason it's still a "ToDo" in OpenFGDB.
    – Vince
    Commented Jun 18, 2015 at 21:19

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I've just released a prototype program Arc Raster Rescue which extracts raster data from the ArcGIS File Geodatabase format.


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