Introduction to FME Desktop


This course introduces the essential components and capabilities of FME through hands-on problem-solving exercises. It is a condensed version of the more in-depth FME Desktop Basic training and is a great start to become an efficient user of FME.

The course covers:

  • Format Translations
  • Transformation Tools
  • Common Workflows

Learning Objectives

  • Learn what FME Desktop is and what it can do for you
  • Convert data from one format to another using FME Workbench
  • View and inspect data using the FME Data Inspector
  • Manipulate data structure and content with transformers
  • Work with multiple datasets in a single workspace
  • Apply best practices to workspaces


  • None

Training Resources

To complete this training, you need a licensed version of FME Desktop installed. You can request a free trial or may be eligible for a grant license. The training material is produced using FME Desktop 2018.1, but many of the steps are applicable to older versions.

You can download the data here. After downloading, extract the data to C:\FMEData2018.

Overlap with FME Desktop Basic Training

Introduction Basic
Introduction -
Getting Started (20 minutes) Similar skills as first half of Data Translation Basics
What is FME? What is FME?
FME Components FME Desktop Components
FME Workbench Introduction to FME Workbench
Exercise 1.1 Similar skills as Exercise 1: Exploring FME
Quiz -
Translations (30 minutes) Similar skills as second half of Data Translation Basics and first half of Data Transformation
Generate Workspace Creating a Translation
Exercise 2.1 Similar skills as Exercise 2: Basic Workspace Creation
Inspecting Data Introduction to the FME Data Inspector
Exercise 2.2 Similar skills as Exercise 3: Basic Data Inspection
Feature Caching Integrated Inspection
Exercise 2.3 -
Schema and Data Model Structural Transformation
Exercise 2.4 Similar skills as Ex 1: Schema Editing and Exercise 2: Structural Transformation
Quiz -
Transformations (45 minutes) Similar skills as first third of Practical Transformer Use
Transformers Transformation with Transformers
Exercise 3.1 -
Locating Transformers Locating Transformers and children
Exercise 3.2 -
Common Transformations Most Valuable Transformers
Exercise 3.3a -
Exercise 3.3b -
Quiz -
Workflows (30 minutes)
The Workflow Transformers in Series and Transformers in Parallel
Multiple Readers, Writers, and Feature Types Multiple Readers and Writers
Exercise 4.1 -
Best Practice Annotating Workspaces and Bookmarks
Exercise 4.2a -
Exercise 4.2b -
Quiz -
Wrap-up -

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