What is ArcGIS Data Interoperability?

ArcGIS Data Interoperability is an extension for ArcGIS Pro and ArcMap that allows you to integrate data from hundreds of sources into your ArcGIS environment. It includes tools for spatial ETL, data validation, data transformation, and workflow automation. It is based on FME Desktop, which is developed by Safe Software and sold by Esri.

How do I decide which option is right for me?

The short answer is that both options are valid. While there are some differences, as seen in the comparison table below, for the most part, it depends on your preferences.

FME Desktop Readers

Comparison of FME Desktop and ArcGIS Data Interoperability Extension

ArcGIS Data Interoperability FME Desktop
Graphical authoring environment
Direct read into ArcCatalog, ArcMap, ArcScene
Integration with ModelBuilder
Ability to publish to FME Server and FME Cloud for enterprise automation (scheduling, automations, etc.)
Access to FME Hub (hundreds of additional transformers, web connections, templates, and more) No for ArcMap version
Yes for ArcGIS Pro version
Ability to use most up-to-date version (ArcGIS Data Interoperability is typically based on a prior release of FME) - see the current version here.
Access to the stream of FME beta releases
Access to third-party plugins
Requires only a single FME license (i.e. doesn’t use up an Esri license too when only using FME Desktop)
Ability to run multiple versions of FME / ArcGIS Data Interoperability on the same machine
Operating systems Windows Windows, Mac, Linux
Language English English (+ localized into Japanese, German, French, Spanish, and Chinese)
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Compared to the FME Desktop Database Edition (see all editions of FME Desktop), ArcGIS Data Interoperability is missing the following readers/writers.

Format Name Capability
12d Model WRITER
Actian Ingres Non-Spatial READER, WRITER
Actian Ingres Spatial READER, WRITER
Adobe Illustrator - Avenza MAPublisher WRITER
Aircom ENTERPRISE Map Data/ASSET Data READER, WRITER
Apache Parquet (Tech Preview) READER, WRITER
APT READER
Autodesk AutoCAD Map 3D Object Data READER, WRITER
Autodesk AutoCAD RealDWG DWG/DXF READER, WRITER
Autodesk ReCap WRITER
B.C. MOEP READER, WRITER
Bentley i-model Interchange Format READER
Bentley Map XFM Design (V8) READER
Canadian Council on Geomatics Interchange Format (CCOGIF) READER
CARIS NTX READER, WRITER
CARIS Spatial Archive (CSAR) Point Cloud READER
CARIS Spatial Archive (CSAR) Raster READER, WRITER
CityJSON (Tech Preview) READER, WRITER
DES READER
EDIGéO READER
ER Mapper ECW READER, WRITER
FalconView File READER
Geographic Data Files (GDF) READER
Graphic Technologies, Inc. (GTI) GTViewer READER, WRITER
IBM Netezza READER, WRITER
IBM Netezza Spatial READER, WRITER
IMSpoor Reader 102.2.0 READER
Intergraph FRAMME Standard Exchange Format (SEF) WRITER
JPEG 2000 (GeoJP2/GMLJP2) READER, WRITER
LandXML WRITER
LDAP / Active Directory (Tech Preview) READER
Mapbox Vector Tile (MVT) (Tech Preview) READER
Mapbox Vector Tile (MVT) Tileset (Tech Preview) READER, WRITER
MapInfo Extended TAB READER, WRITER
MapInfo TAB (EFAL- Tech Preview) READER, WRITER
MapInfo TAB (MAPINFO) READER, WRITER
Marconi PlaNet READER, WRITER
Metria AutoKa Transfer File (FF) READER, WRITER
Microsoft DirectDraw Surface (DDS) WRITER
Microsoft MapPoint Web XML READER, WRITER
Northrop Grumman C2PC Magic (Tech Preview) READER
PHOCUS PHODAT READER, WRITER
Pitney Bowes Multi-Resolution Raster (MRR) READER
Planet Basemaps (Tech Preview) READER
Pointools POD READER, WRITER
SAP Cloud Platform HANA Service Non-Spatial WRITER
SAP Cloud Platform HANA Service Spatial WRITER
SQLite Spatial (FDO) READER, WRITER
Tableau Data Extract (TDE) WRITER
Tele Atlas MultiNet Interchange Format READER
Tobin TDRBM II Data Distribution Format WRITER
Vector Product Format (VPF) Coverage READER
Vector Product Format Database (VPF_DB) WRITER
VoxelGeo OpenInventor (VOIV) WRITER
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