How to access the ArcSDE data feature in MapInfo Professional


Setting the ArcSDE Data Options

To access your ArcSDE data using this new feature, MapInfo Professional must have access to the following ArcSDE 9.2 client dynamically linked libraries (DLLs):

• sde.dll
• sg.dll
• pe.dll

These libraries are installed with the ArcGIS 9.2 desktop application, the ArcSDE SDK 9.2 or ArcReader 9.2 and they are present if you have installed ArcView® 9.2, ArcEditor® 9.2, or ArcInfo® 9.2. For more information about ArcGIS Desktop applications and the ArcSDE SDK, refer to the appropriate ESRI documentation.

Note: Download these DLLS at the ESRI ArcReader 9.2 web url:


The PATH environment variable in the system settings should reference the local folder that contains these DLLs. For example, if you have ArcGIS 9.2 Desktop installed to:

C:\Program Files\ArcGIS

then the following directory should contain the ArcSDE 9.2 client libraries, and this directory needs to be added to the PATH:

C:\Program Files\ArcGIS\ArcSDE\bin.

Similarly, if the ArcSDE SDK 9.2 is installed to the default location, then the required ArcSDE 9.2 client libraries should be in the following directory, which needs to be added to the PATH:


If user does not adhere to this path configuration, the Formats Gallery dialog box will display the ArcSDE data, but it will be grayed out and unavailable.

To ensure that MapInfo Professional finds DLLs, we recommend that users add their location to the system path or place them in the MapInfo Professional or Universal Translator paths.

To add the DLL location to your Windows path:
1.        Choose Start > Control Panel > System > Advanced to display the Advanced tab.
2.        Click Environment Variables to display the Environment Variables dialog box.
3.        In the System Variables list double-click the Path entry. Go to the end of the edit box, add a semicolon (;) and add the absolute path to the ArcSDE DLLs . Click OK to save your addition.

To set the ArcSDE data options:
1.        Select the ESRI ArcSDE format and appropriate data.
2.        Click Settings to display the ArcSDE Input settings. Select the appropriate options and click OK.


From the Help system:

Setting the ESRI Personal Geodatabase Data Options
To access Personal Geodatabase data using this new feature users must have an ArcGIS desktop application such as ArcView®, ArcEditor®, ArcInfo® version 8 or greater or the ArcGIS engine. If these applications are not present, the Formats Gallery dialog box will display the Personal Geodatabase format, but it will be grayed out and unavailable.


UPDATED:  July 26, 2017