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.

Through this course, you will learn what FME is, how it works, how to accomplish basic data translation and transformation, and how to set up your FME workflows following best practices. By the end of the course, you will be ready to create workspaces or to take further training specific to your needs. Because a wide variety of industries use FME, this course is a general introduction to FME that will show how FME works with data regardless of format or structure.

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 FME Data Inspector and Visual Preview
  • 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 2020.0, but many of the steps are applicable to older versions.

You can download the data here. After downloading, extract the data to C:\FMEData2020.

If you wish to inspect the output data in a native application, you should download and install the free software Google Earth Pro, or follow instructions for viewing KML files in Google Earth Pro in Google Chrome.

Current Status

The current status of this manual is: COMPLETE. This manual CAN be used for training.

This manual applies to FME2020.0.

The status of each unit is:

  • Unit 1: complete content, complete exercises
  • Unit 2: complete content, complete exercises
  • Unit 3: complete content, complete exercises
  • Unit 4: complete content, complete exercises
  • FMEData: complete

NB: Even for completed content, Safe Software Inc. assumes no responsibility for any errors in this document or their consequences, and reserves the right to make improvements and changes to this document without notice. See the full licensing agreement for further details.

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 Desktop 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 FME Data Inspector
Exercise 2.2 Similar skills as Exercise 3: Basic Data Inspection
Feature Caching Feature Caching
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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