How to create a Geo database (.dgb) file from workspace (.mxd) file

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08-15-2017 03:04 PM
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How to create a Geo database (.dgb) file from workspace (.mxd) file

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I don't think you can. a gdb file is a geodatabase that contains feature classes. A mxd is a map document which has references to data-on-disk or web services. References, not the data itself so you can't export data out of an mxd file.

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Hi Robert,

It could be a feature class. How could export a Feature class to Geo database file (.gdb).

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Sarath Manatunga

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The Feature Class to Feature Class tool? Right-click the target geodatabase in ArcCatalog and use the Import option? Right-click the feature class (in ArcCatalog) and use the export button?

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Hi Robert,

It could be a feature class. How could export a Feature class to Geo database file (.gdb).

Kind Regards,

Sarath Manatunga

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Hi Sarath,

Have a look at Consolidate Map—Help | ArcGIS for Desktop. There's a CONVERT option that should convert all your map's data into a file geodatabase. I haven't used this tool personally so am not 100% sure how it will behave if you have "exotic" layers in your map, like rasters, network datasets, topology, etc. It's worth a shot, though.

Micah

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Are you looking for tutorials Sarath on how to do some of these basics?  There are a number of tutorials in this link that should get you going with working with data etc.