I have a large layer ~5,000,000 features that I need to export as a shapefile. I have read there is a 2gb limit for exporting shapefiles, is there any way around this? I was thinking maybe its possible to tile the layer I have and export each tile individually, but I haven't really been able to figure out if this is possible.
Ahh. Gotcha. If it were me, I'd contact the software vendor and ask them what you should do. I've used a number of third party software that only use shapefiles and I figured they do that because they are cheap and don't want to pay ESRI the licensing fees. But guess what? It limits the functionality of their products as you've discovered...
The limit is based on the .dbf file: https://www.dbase.com/Knowledgebase/faq/dBASE_Limits_FAQ.html
You could create a grid of the data and then clip the data by the grid. That would possibly allow you to get under the 2GB limit.
Here is a good thread on this: https://gis.stackexchange.com/questions/312739/why-are-shapefiles-limited-to-2gb-in-size
How much over the limit are you? If its just triage to get you over the line:
If you're way over the limit, that won't help. You have more than one option to partition the data, including but not limited to:
I was way over the limit. I ended up just selecting 500,000 records in the attribute table, exporting those, then doing that six more times until I had exported every row.