[R] read ESRI file geodatabase feature classes

Michael Sumner mdsumner at gmail.com
Mon Dec 6 21:37:13 CET 2010

No there is no open software to read ESRI "file geodatabases" (the .gdb ones).

If it's not .gdb but .mdb ("personal geodatabase", built on Microsoft
Access database) then you can read it with generic tools (such as
RODBC package) or with an appropriate build of GDAL as part of the
rgdal package.

Some discussion here:


Cheers, Mike.

On Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 6:38 AM, Al Kirschbaum <aakirsch at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello-
> Does anyone know if R can read in ESRI file geodatabase feature
> classes, directly from the file geodatabase? I currently have to
> export the data out of Arc, to a csv file, then read the csv file. I'd
> like to bypass this step and read directly from the file geodatabase.
> Thanks for your help.
> -al
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Michael Sumner
Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania
Hobart, Australia
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