I have 88 gdb files on Arcmap that I need to export to csv format. Is it possible to do this in batches? maybe, without using the python window

  • yes but why going to a flat file? - this a GIS site csv to geodatabase would make sense.
    – Mapperz
    Commented Jul 27, 2015 at 16:02
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    I am going between GIS and another software, so I need to have a csv format, so it's readable in both.
    – Kelly
    Commented Jul 27, 2015 at 16:05
  • Would you be willing to use Python? Commented Jul 27, 2015 at 16:06
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    I have never used it before, but if worst came to worst, I would try it out!
    – Kelly
    Commented Jul 27, 2015 at 16:07
  • File geodatabase (.gdb directories) is a container, not a dataset. There could be up to two billion tables in each of those geodatabases, which increases your problem complexity by an order of magnitude.
    – Vince
    Commented Jul 27, 2015 at 16:47

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There is a solution to this referenced using a python script to run this bulk conversion:

Conversion Solution Using Python

For the most part this looks outlined fairly well, and for any bulk processes (which it seems like you are doing a lot of bulk processes with bouncing between GIS and other software) python is very useful. I would look into this any try to give it a go. Also if you want to learn more about python and how it can help you, check out the following sites:


Python For Beginners

ArcPy Cafe

There are countless other resources out there, and the more you familiarize yourself to multiple options, the better your chances are to finding a best fit solution.

I hope that those references help you.

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