Esri's New File Geodatabase API Brings Flexibility to C++ Developers

Interact with Esri's File Geodatabase without Using ArcObjects

Redlands, California—February 07, 2011—The beta release of the highly anticipated Esri File Geodatabase API is now available and will help developers improve the interoperability of applications. The API allows developers to create applications that can interact with a file geodatabase without using ArcObjects so that applications can be run on computers that do not have an ArcObjects license.

The File Geodatabase API is a C++ library that allows developers to

  • Create, open, and delete file geodatabases.
  • Read the schema of file geodatabases.
  • Create and edit schema for simple feature objects within a file geodatabase.
  • Read, edit, and delete simple features in a file geodatabase.
  • Perform attribute and limited spatial queries.

The API only creates and supports file geodatabases from ArcGIS 10 and is only supported on Windows. Esri still recommends using ArcObjects, a library of software components that form the foundation of ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Server, and ArcGIS Engine, to create and interact with file geodatabases.

For more information and to download the API, visit the Geodatabase Resource Center at

About Esri

Since 1969, Esri has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in geographic information system (GIS) technology, Esri software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world's mapping and spatial analysis. Esri is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at

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