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Create a file geodatabase

Creating a file geodatabase involves creating a special file folder on disk using ArcGIS. This can be done in several ways.

From the Catalog pane

Follow these steps to create a file geodatabase from the Databases folder or a sub folder under the Folders folder in the Catalog pane.

  1. Start ArcGIS Pro and open the Catalog pane, if necessary.
    Tip:

    To open the Catalog pane, click the View tab on the ribbon and click Catalog Catalog Pane.

  2. Right-click the Databases folder or a folder under Folders and click New File Geodatabase.
  3. On the New File Geodatabase dialog box, browse to the location where you want to create the new file geodatabase, enter a name, and click Save.

    A file geodatabase is created in the location you selected and is automatically added to the project under the Databases folder in the Catalog pane.

Run the Create File Geodatabase tool

The Create File Geodatabase geoprocessing tool allows you to create a file geodatabase that corresponds to an older release of ArcGIS. In this way, you can share data with people who are unable to open newer releases of the geodatabase.

  1. Open the Create File Geodatabase tool in ArcGIS Pro.
    Tip:

    On the ribbon, click the Analysis tab and click Tools Tools. In the Geoprocessing pane, type the tool name in the search box or browse to Data Management Tools > Workspace.

  2. Specify the folder location where you want the file geodatabase created.
  3. Type a name for the geodatabase.
  4. Choose which ArcGIS version you want the file geodatabase to be.

    The functionality available in the geodatabase will be limited to the release you choose.

  5. Click Run to run the tool.

    A file geodatabase is created in the location you specified.

Tip:

Alternatively, you can create a new file geodatabase by executing the CreateFileGDB_management function in Python. Read more about executing the CreateFileGDB geoprocessing tool using Python.