I'm using ArcMap 10.2.2 and QGIS 2.6.1. Brighton. I set up a geodatabase in ArcMap and used subtypes while I was digitilizing geometries.

As I'm opening the geodatabase in QGIS, I noticed that the programm is showing me all geometries in one color, and I'm not able to under categorize the styles.

Is there a solution?

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While QGIS is able to work with the data in geodatabases, it has a different concept of styles.

You can easily switch the renderer to a categorized renderer and define the symbology you want.

Sidenote: please update to a more recent version of QGIS. 2.6.1 is way over end of life. You will find many more features and much more stability in a newer version of QGIS.

  • I would like to underline the sidenote : you definitively need to update your version ! QGIS 2.6 is way too old now. There's so much powerful features and bugs that have evolved since :)
    – gisnside
    Aug 16, 2016 at 12:13
  • Thanks for the quick reply. Unfortunately i am not allowed to update to a new version of QGIS (I am doing a course and the schools computers are off boundaries when it comes to changing the software). However, i was not able to used the categorzied renderer, all subtypes from ArcMap stay in one color. Maybe its due to the old version of QGIS.
    – rtaani
    Aug 16, 2016 at 12:14
  • Too bad, indeed. But you can still install QGIS on a personal computer if you have one :)
    – gisnside
    Aug 16, 2016 at 12:16
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    This sounds like a bug which was fixed in newer versions of QGIS - it's specific to categorizing using a column from a geodatabase. The only solution is to upgrade to 2.14 or above, or switch to a different data format.
    – ndawson
    Aug 16, 2016 at 22:33
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    Solution found! In my version, it was not possible to categorize the subtypes, i however asked my tutor (who has the newest Version of QGIS to try it out and it worked). For me, I still had to find a solution: the only thing that worked was to export the layer (within QGIS) as a shape-file and reopen it. Then I was able to categorize. Thanks for all the help!!!
    – rtaani
    Aug 17, 2016 at 6:05

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