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FAQ: What is the maximum size file that can be handled?

Question

What is the maximum size file that can be handled?

Answer

The maximum size single file that ArcGIS, ArcInfo Workstation and ArcView 3.x can typically address is 2.147 GB. This is a normal limit for 32-bit software applications. The absolute number is 2**31 - 1 bytes (2147483647).

Note:
This is a signed value, thus half of 2**32.

This limit is in effect until ESRI software is re-coded fully for 64-bit operating systems and microprocessor architectures.

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