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Shapefiles vs FGDB Feature Classes – The differences and the benefits of using Feature Classes

What is the difference?

Shapefiles are a type of feature class. A feature class is a collection of common features that share geometry, attribute fields and in GIS, a spatial reference. Geodatabase feature classes, which are more commonly referred to as just feature classes, are object based containers that store all of the above in a single item, rather than the multiple file structure we see in shapefiles.

Structure of Shapefiles – Multiple files required to make up same item
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