Does anyone know how to open .lyr files in QGIS without having access to ArcGIS or to Arc2SLD?
Perhaps there is a plugin or open source program that could do it.
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It is not possible for QGIS to directly read
.lyr files as they are in a binary format. QGIS is designed to read
.qlr files as they are in an XML format.
This post gives a nice description detailing the main differences between the two file types. The following is a summary quoted from the link provided:
So can you use a lyr with QGIS?
Can you use a qlr with ArcGIS?
Can you define symbology in ArcGIS from a lyr file?
Yes! Just import your symbology and choose your lyr and if the attribution matches you are good.
Can you define symbology in QGIS from a qlr file?
No – but that is what qml and sld files are for. Save those from your property menu and you can use those to symbolize other data.
Can you open a lyr in a text editor and see how it works?
NO…I think the greatest shortcoming of lyr is this.
Can you open a qlr in a text editor and see how it works?
YES…it’s an XML based file.