Connecting to a specific geodatabase version

By default, the Database Connection dialog box in the Catalog window connects to the DEFAULT version when connecting to a geodatabase. You might need to connect to a different version, though. Reasons for this include the following:

To connect to a version other than DEFAULT, follow these steps:

  1. Connect to your geodatabase in the Catalog window in ArcMap or ArcCatalog.
  2. Right-click your existing database connection and click Geodatabase Connection Properties.
  3. Choose to connect to either a Transactional version or an Historical version.
  4. Choose the version, marker, or date to connect to.
    • For transactional versions, choose the version from the list.
    • For historical versions, choose either an historical marker from the drop-down list or set a specific date and time.
  5. Click OK.

Each time you use this connection, you will connect to the version you specified. To change to a different version, repeat these steps.