ESRI Personal Geodatabase (MDB)¶
ESRI Personal Geodatabases are basically Microsoft Access files that contain spatial information. For more information see the ESRI description page.
Similar to other database formats, the mdb file consists of several tables. The geometry is held in a BLOB table column.
Data Access / Connection Method¶
Personal geodatabase access is available through OGR. See the OGR driver page for specific driver information. The driver is standard in any win32 build of GDAL/OGR version 1.3.2 or later. For Linux/Unix, MDBTools ODBC drivers can be used for this (with some difficulty).
OGR uses the names of spatial tables within the personal geodatabase (tables with a Shape column) as layers.
The CONNECTION parameter must include the mdb extension, and the DATA parameter should be the name of the spatial table (or OGR layer).
CONNECTIONTYPE ogr CONNECTION "pgeodatabase.mdb" DATA "layername"
First you should make sure that your GDAL/OGR build contains the personal geodatabase "PGeo" driver, by using the '--formats' command:
>ogrinfo --formats Loaded OGR Format Drivers: ... -> "ODBC" (read/write) -> "PGeo" (readonly) -> "PostgreSQL" (read/write) ...
If you don't have the driver, you might want to try the FWTools or MS4W packages, which include the driver.
Once you have the PGeo driver you are ready to try an ogrinfo command on your database to get a list of spatial tables:
>ogrinfo test.mdb INFO: Open of `test.mdb' using driver `PGeo' successful. 1: counties
Now use ogrinfo to get information on the structure of the spatial table:
>ogrinfo test.mdb counties -summary INFO: Open of `test.mdb' using driver `PGeo' successful. Layer name: counties Geometry: Unknown (any) Feature Count: 67 Extent: (-87.634943, 24.543945) - (-80.031369, 31.000975) Layer SRS WKT: GEOGCS["GCS_WGS_1984", DATUM["WGS_1984", SPHEROID["WGS_1984",6378137.0,298.257223563]], PRIMEM["Greenwich",0.0], UNIT["Degree",0.0174532925199433]] OBJECTID_1: Integer (10.0) OBJECTID: Integer (10.0) NAME: String (32.0) STATE_NAME: String (25.0) STATE_FIPS: String (2.0) CNTY_FIPS: String (3.0) FIPS: String (5.0) ...
Note that you can also use an ODBC connection to access all of the tables in your geodatabase:
>ogrinfo PGeo:testDSN counties -summary INFO: Open of `testDSN' using driver `PGeo' successful. 1: counties 2: counties_Shape_Index ...
(where "testDSN" is the name of your System DSN)
Direct Access to MDB¶
LAYER NAME my_geodatabase TYPE POLYGON CONNECTIONTYPE ogr CONNECTION "test.mdb" DATA "counties" PROCESSING "CLOSE_CONNECTION=DEFER" # for maximum performance STATUS ON CLASS NAME "counties" STYLE COLOR 255 255 120 END END END
Through an ODBC Connection¶
LAYER NAME my_geodatabase TYPE POLYGON CONNECTIONTYPE ogr CONNECTION "PGeo:testDSN" DATA "counties" PROCESSING "CLOSE_CONNECTION=DEFER" # for maximum performance STATUS ON CLASS NAME "counties" STYLE COLOR 255 255 120 END END END