I have a large .gdbtable file (1.3 GB) with a road network that I would like to convert to .PBF format keeping the topology information.

I can load the .gdbtable file in QGIS so I thought it should be straightforward to write/export the file in .PBF but I cannot find this option. I would rather use QGIS to do this but an ArcGIS solution would be welcomed as well.

Any ideas on how to do this?

  • Converting anything non-OSM to PBF sounds wrong. Why do you need this?
    – scai
    Dec 7, 2016 at 13:58
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    I'm using a program that takes .PBF as an input. Different people may have different needs ;) Dec 7, 2016 at 14:01

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QGIS uses the GDAL OSM driver, which is read-only. So no chance to write .pbf files directly.

You might look into http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Ogr2osm to get .osm files out of OGR supported formats.

To get a .pbf file, you can use OSMconvert in a second step.

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