I've recently migrated to ArcGIS Pro 1.4 and have had no problems moving from Python 2.7 to 3.5 - except one. I try to use gdal/ogr when I can in order to share scripts easily with those who do not have an Arc license available. In the 2.7 version, I could easily obtain support for read/write of Esri file geodatabases by placing the FileGDBAPI.dll into


However, with ArcGIS Pro (Python 3.5) when I installed the gdal (2.1.3) wheel (obtained from Christoph Gohlke's site at http://www.lfd.uci.edu/~gohlke/pythonlibs), there is no gdalplugins folder. I only have the following structure:

C:\Users\[my username]\AppData\Local\Programs\ArcGIS\Pro\bin\Python\envs\arcgispro-py3\lib\site-packages\osgeo

Under this, I have:


There are only 2 .dll files in the entire structure; gdal201.dll and geos_c.dll.

Could someone tell me where the file geodatabase drivers reside, and if adding Esri's FileGDBAPI.dll to the same directory is all that's needed to get things working?

My limitations are: Windows 7 64-bit, I need to be able to deal with pre-compiled binaries, I do not have a compiler available to me or full administrative rights on the machine.

  • What happened when you tried "adding Esri's FileGDBAPI.dll to the same directory"?
    – PolyGeo
    Apr 29, 2017 at 6:51
  • @PolyGeo nothing. Doesn't do anything. ogrinfo reveals no r/w support for Esri FGDB. I ended up simply rolling back to Python 2.7 for compatibility.
    – auslander
    May 1, 2017 at 17:22


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