Since I don't have the advanced license for ArcGIS Pro, I'm trying to create relationship class in other programs.

Would ArcGIS Online support relationship (O-M) created through another program (such as QGIS or FME)?

  • I can't comment on FME, but QGIS relations WON'T be respected by ArcGIS online.
    – ndawson
    Jun 21, 2018 at 22:13

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You cannot create relationship classes in other software. You must create them in ArcGIS Pro. Note, you don't need the Advanced license, just the Standard license which is shown at the documentation page.

This Writing Geodatabase Relationship Classes blog post states:

It is assumed that the relationships have already been created in ArcGIS. This is required, as FME cannot create the relationships, but merely populate them.

and then later states:

As a reminder, this is because relationship classes must be created in ArcGIS and then they can be populated through FME.

There is more information in Introduction to Working with Geodatabase Relationship Classes.

  • I have ArcGIS Basic so I don't have this feature.. is it possible to work around it?
    – chmnata
    Jun 23, 2018 at 0:43
  • I don't think so, unfortunately. Maybe someone else knows.
    – Fezter
    Jun 23, 2018 at 3:13

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