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FAQ: Can multiple users edit a file geodatabase at the same time?

Question

Can multiple users edit a file geodatabase at the same time?

Answer

Yes, it is possible to have multiple users edit a file geodatabase at the same time provided that they are editing:

• separate stand-alone feature classes at the root level
OR
• separate feature datasets (this is regarded as a workspace containing one or more feature classes)
OR
• the same feature datasets in the file geodatabase but different feature classes

If these rules are not followed, a schema lock error is received by all users editing the geodatabase, other than the primary user that locked the file geodatabase. If a file geodatabase is not editable at the current time, an appropriate message is received by the client application.

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