This answer worked beautifully in 10.8, but isn't working immediately in 10.9.

The link to download the FileGDB API still works, but there are a bunch of options available I don't remember from before. Do we want the Mac version, or the Linux one? Version 1.2 or 1.3?

I've tried the Mac version 1.3 so far.

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I missed this thread and had much the same question.

Mac version 1.3 still works for some purposes (data translation with ogr2ogr is all I've tested so far) if installed as a shared gdal plugin. @dakcarto maintains a homebrew formula for doing this:



  • Please note: you can load FileGDB directories into QGIS (the ones I tested) using GDAL with the shared plugin built off of the FileGBD 1.3 lib, but due to the incompatibility of the C libs GDAL and FileGDB are compiled against, QGIS may crash on some operations, like accessing the attribute table. I highly recommend just using the plugin for converting your FileGBD data to another geospatial format, until ESRI updates the libs to work with 10.9, i.e. do not use the plugin to write to an existing FileGBD, or use Kyngchaos builds.
    – dakcarto
    Jan 6, 2014 at 4:27

I don't have enough reputation points to post the answer with the necessary linked documentation. I've put my solution on a public gist to overcome that.

In a nutshell, though, you need to install gcc-4.9 from homebrew, do a netcdf workaround (if you want netcdf support in gdal), rebuild one dependency (ldap) with gcc-4.9, then install gdal using a custom gdal formula that I have available as a separate gist, also using gcc-4/9. Finally, you need to redirect lib references to point to the gcc-4.9 supplied libs with install_name_tool.

The details are available here.

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