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Is it possible to create a workgroup geodatabase in ArcGIS Pro?

Last Published: June 24, 2023


In some instances, an organization uses a workgroup geodatabase to create multiple maps and layouts in a single project. The maps and layouts may be edited simultaneously by organization members in ArcGIS Pro. However, it is not possible to create a workgroup geodatabase in ArcGIS Pro because the SQL Server Express instance is not available.

As a workaround, create the workgroup geodatabase in ArcMap and connect it to ArcGIS Pro. Connect the workgroup geodatabase to ArcGIS Pro using the ArcSDE connection file from ArcMap, or by creating a new direct database connection to the SQL Server Express instance. Follow the instructions described below:

  1. Create a workgroup geodatabase in ArcMap. For more detailed steps, refer to ArcMap Web Help: Create a desktop or workgroup geodatabase.
  2. Connect the workgroup geodatabase created in ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro by selecting one of the options below:

Database Connection dialog box

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