I have followed the instructions shown in this thread but still don't have the ESRI FileGDB option only the Open File GDB. In my case, I am in the most current QGIS version - Lyon (2.12.0).

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    ESRI FileGDB & OpenFileGDB are the same thing, you will not get full File Geodatabase support without ArcObjects installed on the same machine and this extended version has to be licensed by ESRI. The same goes with other software (FME is the same) in this case has Openfile GDB API and FileGDB (ArcObjects) the latter must been installed and licensed see the matrix tables knowledge.safe.com/articles/Samples_and_Demos/…)
    – Mapperz
    Oct 27, 2015 at 14:56
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    There is a tangible difference between ArcObjects, the Esri File Geodatabase API, and the Open FileGDB libraries. I know FME can use core ArcGIS libraries, but I thought QGIS was limited to a choice between the Esri and Open file geodatabases libraries (the latter being open-source, reverse-engineered (and read-only) and the former being provided as a library by Esri (and read-write, except for complex feature classes))
    – Vince
    Oct 27, 2015 at 16:09
  • Do you have OSGeo4w shell? If so please post the results of the following command which will verify which drivers you have installed: ogrinfo --formats Oct 27, 2015 at 16:41
  • I added the results as part of the thread info
    – Ernesto CD
    Oct 27, 2015 at 16:48
  • Had a funny exprnce then when it failed to connect the first time but did on the second.
    – BillW
    Jan 10, 2017 at 4:04

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I see this:

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and my options in the OSGeo4W Setup ('advanced install') that are probably relevant were:

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  • so this really works??
    – BillW
    Jan 10, 2017 at 3:41
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    It Works For Me(tm). Select "Directory" in that "Add vector layer" dialog box, set the Source/Type to "ESRI FileGDB", click the "Browse" button to get the "Open Directory" dialog, browse to the directory that is the FileGDB, and choose which feature classes to add as layer(s), voila. QGIS 2.12.0
    – MC5
    Jan 11, 2017 at 15:21

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