I am using ArcMap software.

How can I find out Personal Geodatabase Version?

I have a client file but I want to find out which version they have used.


I'm not sure if Personal Geodatabases are any different, but in ArcCatalog you can right-click on the name of a File Geodatabase, then have a look in the Upgrade Status section of the General tab of the Database Properties dialog that appears. I am currently using ArcGIS 10, and the Upgrade Status section of a version 9.3 File Geodatabase says the following:

This 9.3 database can be upgraded to the ArcGIS release you are currently using to support additional capabilities.

(I am sure there is probably a better solution.)

  • I would say this is actually the preferred method. Oct 9 '12 at 21:18

This is NOT the preferred method, and is not recommended as it may lead to corruption of you geodatabase. Only attempt this after making a backup copy of your data.

If you do not have ArcGIS and need to figure out the release number of a Personal Geodatabase (*.mdb), you can also open it in MS Access. If the GDB is pre-10.0, you can look in the GDB_ReleaseInfo table. To determine the version look in the following columns:

  • Major (1= 8.x, 2 =9.x, 3= 10.x)
  • Minor is the "dot" release (ie- 8.3)
  • Bugfix is the Service Pack

If you have a post-10.0 Personal GDB, this information is buried in XML. To find the similar details, look in the GDB_Items table, PhysicalName='WORKSPACE', and read the XML in the Definition column. For example:


NOTE: I had to change the <> to [] to get the XML data to show up in this posting.

I do not know of any similar techniques for the FILE Geodatabase.

  • Is there something similar that can be done for an fgdb?
    – luke
    Jun 12 '14 at 14:46

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