I have File Geodatabases that I created in ArcCatalog and ArcMap 10.5. I am trying to open maps in ArcGIS Pro from these File Geodatabases, but when using the "import Map" tool only folders show up, and no Geodatabases. If I use the "+Connections >> Add Database >> Select Existing Geodatabase" tool my file Geodatabases show up and I can connect to them, but none of the .mxd files are shown, only feature classes, toolboxes, python scripts, and .csv's.

How do I connect to a .mxd file within a file Geodatabase in ArcGIS Pro?

picture of opening map in .gdb saving map in .gdb

  • What do you mean by "a .mxd file within an file Geodatabase"? File Geodatabases cannot store MXD files. – PolyGeo Feb 2 '18 at 20:12
  • Interesting, then what is happening when you save a map while your withing a .gdb, is it creating a shortcut to a different location where the map is actually stored? – Mwspencer Feb 2 '18 at 21:01
  • Can you expand that screenshot so we can see which pane it is coming from, please? – PolyGeo Feb 2 '18 at 21:14
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    No, you can't save an MXD inside a fgdb. You may break the fGDB if you do that. – KHibma Feb 2 '18 at 21:17
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    I would guess the .mxd has been saved to the .gdb folder. This isn't storing a map in a geodatabase. Move your .mxds out of the .gdb folders using Windows Explorer and ArcGIS Pro should be able to see them. – user2856 Feb 2 '18 at 21:25

From your picture it appears that you have saved an MXD file into the same Windows folder that contains the files making up your file geodatabase.

I think that is an unwise practice.

From your comment it appears that moving the MXD file out of the file geodatabase's folder has resolved this for you.

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  • Correct, I am now saving my mxd's outside of my .gdb's and it is saving some headaches when working on ArcGIS Pro. – Mwspencer Feb 3 '18 at 17:32

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