FME Desktop

FME Desktop
FME Desktop - processing spatial data irrespective of the source

FME Desktop is the world's most frequently used and flexible spatial ETL tool for the integration, processing and quality assurance of all types of spatial information. A wide range of data sources can be imported quickly and efficiently into an FME process, restructured in whatever way might be required, and transferred into a user-specified target data model.




Unlimited flexibility in the processing of geometric and attributive data


Quick and efficient data transformation, migration, and conversion


Coordinate transformations (e.g. DHDN/GK to ETRS89/UTM)


Quality assurance of spatial and non-spatial data


Supports database and version updates


Simple schema mapping of different data models


Homogenisation of information taken from disparate sources


More than 400 predefined transformers for processing spatial information


Reading and writing of more than 300 data formats, including CAD formats, GIS formats, databases, raster data, standardised web services, 3D and BIM data, and non-spatial data formats such as CSV, Excel, XML and others.

FME processes created with FME Desktop can be published with the aid of FME Server or FME Cloud and in turn made available to others users without any knowledge of FME or an FME license.

Product features

User friendliness


Graphical user interface


Drag & drop operation


Data visualisation tools



Process automation


Ability to save workflows

No need for programming knowledge


Workflows can be configured quickly and easily


No programming required

FME Desktop

FME Desktop is available in various editions. The editions differ from each other in terms of the number and types of data formats they support. 

Professional Edition

The FME Professional Edition is a very powerful product that is conceived as an entry-level solution for processing, manipulating and converting spatial data. It already contains a full range of functions and many of the conventional data formats.

Esri Edition

The FME Esri Edition is of particular interest to users of Esri technology, because it supports all formats of Esri. The edition is supplied complete with an FME extension for ArcGIS, to ensure that FME functionality is directly available for use in ArcGIS products.

Intergraph Edition

The FME Intergraph Edition is intended especially for users of Intergraph products, as it supports specific Intergraph formats such as GeoMedia SQL Server. The FME Intergraph Edition is supplied complete with an extension for GeoMedia, to ensure that FME functionality is directly available for use in GeoMedia.

Database Edition

The Database Edition contains database-specific functionality for use with Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server and IBM DB2. In addition to the formats of the aforementioned editions, the Database Edition also supports writing spatial data into the database.

FME components

Every FME Desktop Edition comprises a number of optimally coordinated components.

FME Workbench

The FME Workbench enables the graphical and interactive definition of the required transformation processes. FME transformers can be arranged, combined and parameterised in a clearly laid out form using drag and drop. 

FME Data Inspector

The FME Data Inspector is a format-independent viewer component and the ideal graphical debugger for visually verifying the success of individual process steps during data processing.

FME Quick Translator

The FME Quick Translator performs standard conversions or transformation processes previously defined in FME Workbench, quickly and conveniently at the touch of a button.

FME Objects API and FME Plug-in Developer Kit

The FME Objects API and the FME Plug-in Developer Kit enable the integration of FME functionality in your own applications as well as the addition of further, regionally common formats or specific, technical functionalities, etc. 

Formats and transformers

A current overview of all formats and transformers can be found here:

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INSPIRE Solution Pack for FME

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FME Desktop Download

The latest version of FME Desktop 2020 is available from our download area. The version available is suitable for test users and existing customers who are in possession of a valid FME maintenance agreement with which to update their current installation. If you are interested in the latest FME maintenance offer, please contact


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