In ArcGIS Desktop we are able to create a file geodatabase and also a feature class.

Is this possible in QGIS?

  • QGIS can read this proprietary format, but you'll need ArcGIS to create one. Jul 6, 2018 at 0:06
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    @DPSSpatial QGIS can write them as well if the (GDAL) FileGDB driver and Esri FileGDB API is installed (it's the OpenFileGDB driver, that's read-only).
    – user2856
    Jul 6, 2018 at 0:21
  • How do I do that? Are they plugins? Jul 6, 2018 at 0:30
  • Just tested, with the Esri FileGDB support added. Works fine, it just appears as an option when you 'save as' a layer. Jul 6, 2018 at 10:31

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As far as I know there is no way to create a file geodatabese (esri format) with qgis Edit : see comment below.

You may only read or read/write a file geodatabase (depending on what driver you have as said in the comment below your question)

The closest approximation of a file geodatabe in qgis would be to use GeoPackage or Spatialite (the answer to this question give more detail on these format). If you need to keep compatibility between qgis and arcgis these two format are supported in arcmap from version 10.2

  • I just used QGIS 3.2 with the appropriate FileGDB driver installed and chose the Export - Save Features As dialog box dropdown, selected ESRI FileGDB, typed in a file name and layer name but didn't point it to an existing GDB, just a folder. It created an GDB with the file name and a feature class with the layer name within it.
    – John
    Jul 6, 2018 at 13:39

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