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What is the maximum size file that can be handled?

Last Published: April 25, 2020


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).

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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