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Why FME Desktop?

Best Support for Spatial Data

Data Validation Capabilities

Scalable for The Enterprise

Top-Notch Support

FME Desktop

FME Desktop consists of three components: FME Workbench, FME Data Inspector and FME Quick Translator.

Everything starts in FME Workbench, the authoring environment where you configure and run your workspace. A workspace is the name of the workflow that you design on the canvas. It generally includes at least one reader to pull data into the workspace, transformers to manipulate data, and at least one writer to output data. You can build workspaces in a few quick clicks using FME Desktop’s drag-and-drop interface. Workspaces are repeatable and can be run again and again. No coding is required, which means you can spend more time using your data and less time fighting with it. (And if you really want, FME Desktop also supports Python).


FME Data Inspector is a viewing application that allows you to inspect data – before, after and during translation. Most users create workflows in FME Workbench before viewing the results in FME Data Inspector. Different options allow you to inspect your data in 2D mode, 3D mode, and in a table view.


For simple translations that do not involve any customization, you can get quick results by using the FME Quick Translator. Advanced FME users can also execute custom mapping files through this interface. Designed for quick translation, the FME® Quick Translator makes it easy for you to perform fast, easy conversions between hundreds of formats.