I have a plain postgressql table (version 8.2). I am trying to connect to it to it from ArcGIS desktop 10.0, and use as a query layer, as given in this document: http://help.arcgis.com/en/arcgisdesktop/10.0/help/index.html#/Connecting_to_a_database/00s500000037000000/

I can see the tables, but I get the error message 'DBMS table not found' enter image description here

What exactly is the issue? How do I connect to it?

  • DBMS table not found (-37) help.arcgis.com/EN/arcgisdesktop/10.0/help/index.html#//… though the it can be the esri provided st_geometry.dll no being correct forums.arcgis.com/threads/…
    – Mapperz
    Commented Apr 10, 2013 at 13:32
  • Which geometry you are using (ST_Geometry or PostGIS) ? Are you able to connect it form Arc-catalog ?
    – Sunil
    Commented Apr 10, 2013 at 13:35
  • This is a Plain Postgres Table. There is no PostGIS/ST_Geometry or SDE involved. Commented Apr 10, 2013 at 13:36
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    if i recall correctly postgres table names are case sensitive, maybe thats the problem?
    – til_b
    Commented Apr 10, 2013 at 15:00

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Here is the solution that I found. My Table's names contained capital letters. Once I used a table with the name in all small letters, I got no error message, and could use the Query layer.


How did if find out this is the cause, you ask? I was searching for Postgresql and Query layers, and I found this post on the ArcGIS Forums, which says that ArcGIS has problems connecting to Databases with capitals in their name.

My database did not have capital letters in the name, but the Tables did have. You can even see that in the "List of Tables Window", ArcGIS list the table with names in all small.

This is probably why it gives the error message saying 'DBMS table not found' since in the query it tries to find a table with names is all small, which does not exist.


If by plain table, you mean a table without spatial information you don't need a query layer, you can use an OLE connection. You can then use that OLE connection to connect to the table and add it to your map document making it available for joins to your other layers.


  • An oleDb connection has several limitations. And I'll ideally like to make joins in the query and use the result. Commented Apr 10, 2013 at 15:05
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    @DevdattaTengshe I think you should encapsulate data concerns at the data layer. Use an OLE connection to query a view that handles all your table relations. In a perfect world your GIS shouldn't need to know how your database schema is structured.
    – tomfumb
    Commented Apr 10, 2013 at 15:59
  • @tomfumb: Query Layers in ArcGIS are meant for exactly the user case I am describing. ArcGIS will function as a client for the RDBMS, just like PgAdmin. They are great for one off dynamic queries. In the case when there queries will be used again and again, yes a view will be better. Commented Apr 11, 2013 at 5:06
  • @tomfumb And In my perfect world, I would be able to use ArcGIS Desktop(or any other software) to work with any data source, be it shapefiles, Rasters, Geodatabases, .xls, geoJson, RDBMS, csv etc in a single software. ArcGIS isn't there yet, but it is getting there. Commented Apr 11, 2013 at 5:10

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