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Is licensed file geodatabase is really secure?

Question asked by irfan on May 9, 2018
Latest reply on May 9, 2018 by George_Thompson-esristaff

this is copy of question which i also asked here:


I am planning to deliver our geo data in Licensed File Geodatabase format. This option was quite impressive as customer can have good look of the data with limitation and expiry date before purchasing.

Before using this Licensed File Geodatabase, I have performed some tests how other software handle this Licensed File Geodatabase. Here are my observations:


  1. With in ESRI environment (tested Arcgis 10 and Arcgis 10.6) everything is perfect. You cannot open the data without installing license file.
  2. In Safe FME also you cannot open data.
  3. Most interestingly, Mr. QGIS 3.0 can open this secure data with possibility of export this data to any format


Here is the workflow to open this data in QGIS:

You should use QGIS OpenFileGDB (default driver) to open this data. If you have OGR FileGDB Driver installed on the machine then first uninstall it otherwise, you cannot open the data (Tested with QGIS version 3.0.0-Girona).

here you can find the Licensed File Geodatabase for your test.


Open for suggestions and comments.