Personal GDB(.mdb) import tool

04-20-2018 09:32 AM
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Since ArcGIS PRO currently does not have a native method for reading data from Microsoft access databases(.mdb) we need a tool at least to import the data into a file geodatabase.  It would be best to natively read the personal geodatabases instead of importing.  

Many companies still use the personal geodatabase because of the ease of development in MS access for forms and reports.  

Please vote up this idea.Microsoft Access (.accdb) Support in ArcGIS Propug list #pug puc


Are you currently using ArcMap?  Just curious why the workflow wouldn't be to import the mdb contents into gdb in ArcMap/ArcCatalog.  Then use the gdb in Pro?


That workflow might make ArcMap users NOT want to transition to Pro though where everything can be done in one application instead of two.



  I do have ArcMap and ArcCatalog and could do the conversion.  But many of us are interested in testing for full parity so we can transition to a PRO primarily production environment.  This is one of those critical functionality missing from PRO that will have an impact on GIS users that ESRI may not recognize.  The personal GDB is a good storage medium with access by other non-GIS applications that make it very useful without the need for synchronization of files to switch formats between applications.