I have a large amount (400 shapefiles, 11 gigs total) of shapefiles which I would like to store into one file (or DB). I am also using PostGIS, but just out of pure interest I would like try test out how the files would work in a GeoPackage.

I am trying to write the files with FME into a GeoPackage and the features do get transferred and the file gets created, but when I try to open the resulting GeoPackage file on QGIS, it doesn't recognize any geometry in the file.

I was trying to go through the FME help and tried to force the file to create a spatial column, but it still doesn't seem to work as it should. The files contain only polygons and no Z-values. Any ideas what I'm doing wrong?

  • What if you just do it with one file? I'd suggest making a simple example and posting the shapefile and the Geopackage files here.
    – mdsumner
    May 30, 2016 at 5:12
  • What does ogrinfo find from your geopackage? You can also create GeoPackege with GDAL ogr2ogr -f gpkg output.gpkg input.shp For adding more shapefiles into existing gpkg use -append.
    – user30184
    May 30, 2016 at 6:04
  • Thanks for the comments! ogrinfo shows that FME doesn't add any geometry in the file like I was guessing. When I do one file with GDAL it works fine and ogrinfo shows polygon geometry. But what if I want to add a whole directory of shapes into the geopackage? Just putting *.shp as the input file results in erro message "Couldn't fetch requested layer 'filename.shp'" whereas individual files work just file.
    – Topi
    May 31, 2016 at 5:37
  • This still sounds like an FME bug. Have you asked your support contact about this?
    – BradHards
    Jun 25, 2016 at 22:58

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You didn't specify the version but I can't reproduce the no geometry problem in FME Desktop 2016.1.0.1. Reading a gpx and writing to a dynamic geopackage writer results in correct geometry tables for Track & Trackpoint and an unknow geometry table for metadata.

  • FME writes GeometryCollection into a Geopackage and this type of geometry is not supported by QGIS. If you inspect the Geopackage directly in FME, all geometries should be there. I have tried to force FME to write fme-multi and not GeometryCollection when editing a Geopackage file, but I never have found a solution. Wait and see: gis.stackexchange.com/questions/281030/…
    – romainbh
    Apr 27, 2018 at 8:47

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