I have been able to load an ESRI geodatabase which contains shape files into QGIS, however when I try to load a geodatabase containing tiff files I get an error message saying ...."is not a valid or recognized data source". I am assuming it is because it is tiff files? Is there a way to get the tiff files loaded into QGIS through a geodatabase or is there a format I can convert the tiff files to before I put them into the geodatabase? Any suggestion welocme


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According to the comments to this question: Use GDAL/Python to add rasters (tiff) to an ESRI File Geodatabase there is no support for rasters in ESRI file geodatabases by GDAL or QGIS.

Furthermore, QGIS does not support File geodatabase by default. See File Geodatabase (*.gdb) support in QGIS? for some advice.

The Personal database manpage does not mention raster support either: http://www.gdal.org/ogr/drv_pgeo.html

Anyway, you can load tiffs directly into QGIS with Add Raster.

  • Andre, I am able to get an ESRI geodatabase containing esri shp files into QGIS through osgeo4w ok, it just seems to be the tiff file format I am having difficulty with . I have tried to load the tiff files directly however there are 285 of them (total size ~ 2.1GB) and QGIS will just freeze on me if I try to load them in directly. I thought with the geodatbase it would manage them a bit better? Aug 22, 2013 at 12:45
  • Well, ESRI is ESRI and QGIS is QGIS. For a large amount of tiffs, try a virtual raster: gdal.org/gdalbuildvrt.html. This is incorporated in QGIS under Raster -> Miscellaneous -> Build Virtual Raster
    – AndreJ
    Aug 22, 2013 at 12:49
  • Andre, thanks for help we are trying to migtrate to QIS as the usability in Q is much easier Aug 22, 2013 at 13:12

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