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FAQ: Is there a maximum TIFF file size ArcGIS can support?

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Is there a maximum TIFF file size ArcGIS can support?

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• ArcGIS and ArcSDE versions 9.2 to 9.3.1: The maximum TIFF file size supported is 4 gigabytes (GB).

• ArcGIS and ArcSDE versions 9.0 and 9.1: The maximum TIFF file size supported is 2 GB.

The largest size that a TIFF image can exist on disk is approximately 4 GB. This limitation is outlined in Adobe's 'TIFF Revision 6.0' white paper. A link to this white paper can be found in the Related Information section.

• ArcGIS and ArcSDE version 10.0: Esri supports Read and Write of BigTIFF, which exceeds the 4 GB limitation imposed by TIFF.

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