I downloaded a file from here, and got something with extension .gdb.zip. I want to get one of the tables out of this "geodatabase" and into a format that's easily accessible to other programs; csv or some such would be the obvious goal but anything moderately open will work. The Census Bureau's description of the files is:

TIGER Geodatabases are spatial extracts from the Census Bureau’s MAF/TIGER database for use with Esri’s ArcGIS.

Since ArcGIS for home users costs $100, and I don't want any of its features other than the ability to read this file, I'm hoping there's an open source option.


Here is a guide for installing QGIS and PostGIS on Ubuntu 12.04.3. It looks like the Open Source QGIS may be a workable solution.

  • I'll try this, and accept it if it works. – Anschel Schaffer-Cohen Jan 25 '14 at 16:52
  • QGIS with SPIT accepts shapefiles (.shp and .dbf) but the data I want is in a geodatabase file (.gdb). If it's possible to import those with QGIS, that tutorial doesn't explain it. – Anschel Schaffer-Cohen Jan 25 '14 at 23:55
  • Would you be able to work with .gpx files? If so, it is possible to convert the .gdb files to .gpx using GPSBabel which is described here. – Timothy Martin Jan 27 '14 at 18:08
  • Looks like that'd work; not going to actually test it because I found the data I needed elsewhere. – Anschel Schaffer-Cohen Jan 28 '14 at 2:23

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