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FAQ: Is it possible to save a layer file into a file geodatabase?

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Is it possible to save a layer file into a file geodatabase?

Answer

No, it is not possible to save a layer file into a file geodatabase. Layer files store the properties of a layer (such as symbology, labels, and scale thresholds) in ArcMap, and cannot be stored inside of a geodatabase. This includes file geodatabases and enterprise (ArcSDE) geodatabases.

Refer to the Geodatabase: Data Storage page for more information.

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