I have been given an ESRI gdb file by a vendor. I can connect it in the usual fashion in QGIS but it only shows a couple of the layers that are contained and they show no entities in them. Has anyone an answer for what is causing this? enter image description here

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    What version of QGIS are you using? Also, maybe double check that its a File Geodatabase that they have sent you....Also what is the file size of the GDB?
    – nr_aus
    Commented Nov 23, 2020 at 1:31
  • QGIS 3.16.0, It IS a file Geodatabase and it is 33.2MB. Thanks for looking into this.
    – Mikeoramma
    Commented Nov 23, 2020 at 14:48

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I've got it. Apparently there is a compressed and uncompressed version of the FGDB. QGIS requires the uncompressed.

  • great news - Mind sharing how you detected that it was a compressed FileGDB?
    – nr_aus
    Commented Nov 24, 2020 at 1:05
  • The vendor seemed to have run into the issue before. I don't know if there is any way to tell outwardly other than getting 0 entities showing up.
    – Mikeoramma
    Commented Nov 24, 2020 at 22:53
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    I do know that there is a way to check using ArcMap or ArcGIS Pro - looks like there might be a solution here gis.stackexchange.com/questions/90886/…
    – nr_aus
    Commented Nov 25, 2020 at 1:07

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