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How to view or import a pbf file (OSM data,binary format) in ArcGIS Desktop or QGIS?

Are any 3rd party applications needed?

I would like to edit this file on any GIS Software.

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The ArcGIS Editor for OSM (https://github.com/Esri/arcgis-osm-editor) should allow you to do what you want to do. Data is downloaded via the Xapi.

QGIS has an OpenStreetMap Plugin: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/QGIS_OSM_Plugin

I have only used the QGIS plugin, and it worked well.

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I tried using GDAL, but this is difficult for non-programmers.

This option is way more efficient and easy: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Osmconvert

You can convert the file to an .osm, which can be opened through the ArcGIS for OSM tool.

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