At QGIS 3.34.6, I am unable to rename feature classes or attribute tables using the Browser Panel. Here's the procedure that I've tried:

  1. From the Browser Panel, open a File Geodatabase by clicking the expand icon.
  2. Right-click a feature class or attribute table and drop down to Manage
  3. At this point, the only option is Delete. Normally I would expect a Rename option.

So... How do I rename a File Geodatabase feature class or table?


Using the suggestion by User2856, I get the following error:

virtual: Query execution error on CREATE TEMP VIEW _tview AS ALTER TABLE "county_boundary" RENAME TO "county_boundary_2": 1 - near "ALTER": syntax error
Execution failed after 0.26 seconds

Here are my steps (GDAL version = 3.8.5):

  1. From the Layers panel, highlight the FGDB feature class to be renamed (in this example, county_boundary)
  2. Processing > Toolbox > Vector general > Execute SQL
  3. Within the tool's SQL data entry box, enter the following: ALTER TABLE "county_boundary" RENAME TO "county_boundary_2"
  4. All other data entry boxes were left empty

I don't understand the error. Any thoughts?

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It doesn't appear that you can yet. With the GUI that is.

However, if your GDAL version is >= 3.6 (when write/create was added to the OpenFileGDB driver), you can rename with SQL:

Check GDAL version:

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In the Browser pane, right-click the feature class and select "Execute SQL".

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Use the following SQL syntax ALTER TABLE "oldname" RENAME TO "newname":

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Or you can use the commandline GDAL ogrinfo utility with the same SQL:

ogrinfo input.gdb -sql "ALTER TABLE oldname RENAME TO newname"
  • Please see my OP edits. Any help is appreciated!
    – Stu Smith
    Commented May 18 at 16:56
  • @StuSmith the method you mention won't work. See my edit and use the Browser pane to rename.
    – user2856
    Commented May 18 at 22:08
  • Ah yes! The sql is done from the Browser panel, not the Layer panel. Presto!
    – Stu Smith
    Commented May 19 at 0:28

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