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difference between Shapefile and Geodatabase | Shapefile vs Geodatabase

This page compares Shapefile vs Geodatabase and mentions difference between Shapefile and Geodatabase.

Shapefile

shapefile

• Shapefile can be stored as files in a folder.
• Shapefile does not support topology.
• Shapefile supports only one user at a time.

Geodatabase

Geodatabase

• Geodatabase can be stored in a common file system folder, a microsoft access database, or a multiuser relational DBMS such as Oracle, Microsoft SQL server, PostgreSQL, Informix or IBM DB2.
• Geodatabase support topology for check rules, find data errors etc.
• Geodatabase support datasets such as add a network dataset, a geometric network, a terrain dataset, a parcelfabric, or run topology on an existing layer.
• Enterprise geodatabase supports multiuser controls (edit, access, privilege, etc.)
• Enterprise Geodatabase should be used for enterprise GIS systems.
•  Refer advantages and disadvantages of Geodatabase >>

It is easy to convert shapefile to geodatabase in ArcGIS.


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