Using Open Source FDO Providers
Concept Procedure

To make it easier to extend the capabilities of FDO Data Access Technology used within AutoCAD Map 3D, Autodesk has released FDO as an open source project under the Open Source Geospatial Foundation™ (OSGeo™).

This has enabled developers from all over the world to tap into powerful web mapping and geospatial data access technology and develop additional FDO data providers that work with AutoCAD Map 3D.

Often, developers make the providers they develop available for free. They can be integrated into AutoCAD Map 3D and then used to access additional data formats not included in the box.

Examples of Third Party and Open Source Providers Available Description
OGR Provider (supports vector formats such as ESRI Personal Database, GRASS, and SDTS). Open source, available on
GDAL Provider (supports raster formats such as NITF, Imagine, PCIDSK, and HDF). Open source, available on
SL-King Oracle Provider. Available on
Safe Software FME Provider for FDO. Available on

Check and periodically for additional providers.

If you are a developer, you can also create your own data providers. The open source version of FDO Data Access Technology and developer documentation is available on .

NoteFDO Providers from sources other than Autodesk are not supported or warrantied by Autodesk.