Category: Python

Support for OGC GeoPackage specification in ArcGIS.

Have you heard about the OGC GeoPackage specification (  It is a newly minted OGC spec that defines GeoPackages for exchange and GeoPackage SQLite Extensions for direct use of vector geospatial features and/or tile matrix sets. Esri has actively participated in the spec activity from the very beginning. To this end, we were one of the very early adopters of the specification ( early support even before the spec was approved by OGC membership). Continue reading

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Updating your hosted feature service for 10.2

In April 2013, we explained how you could use a Python script to automate the publishing and overwriting of your feature service on This post explains how to perform that same workflow using ArcGIS 10.2 or 10.2.1. The following instructions will get you started, or, scroll to the bottom of this post for extra information on what’s changed at 10.2. Continue reading

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PyCon 2014!

It is only a few short months until PyCon 2014 and this year Esri is proud to be a Gold sponsor of this wonderful gathering of Python developers! The conference will be held April 11 – 13 in Montreal, QC.

PyCon is an excellent place to learn about Python and get updated with what’s happening within the community and the language. For more information about the conference and how it is organized, please visit the PyCon website at

On Sunday April 13 from 10:00am to 1:00pm, meet us in the Job Fair to learn how to become a part of our innovative team or visit

We hope to see you at PyCon 2014!

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Quick Tips: Consuming Feature Services with Geoprocessing

Identifying a feature service

Do you work with Feature Services? Do you want to use geoprocessing tools or Python to perform analysis with ArcGIS for Desktop? Here’s a few quick tips for using a hosted feature service from or your own ArcGIS for Server … Continue reading

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Make Topographic Grid and Update Map Template Released!


Have you ever wanted to extend your map automation scripts to include layer masking and clipping without having to open the map document?  With the recent release of Esri Production Mapping 10.2 you can do just that and much more! … Continue reading

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Create Declination Diagram (North Arrow) with Python


A declination diagram shows the angular relationship between grid, magnetic, and true north using a series of graphic arrows. A previous blog article on declination diagrams with ArcMap discussed what declination diagrams/north arrows are, and the different options for adding … Continue reading

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Extending Geoprocessing through Python Modules


With the release of ArcGIS 10.2, you can utilize the Python Distribution Utilities (Distutils) as part of a process to efficiently distribute Python toolboxes and custom toolboxes containing Models and Script Tools in the form of Python modules. Once a … Continue reading

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Scheduling a Python script or model to run at a prescribed time


At the Spatial Analysis and Geoprocessing island at this year’s user conference, several folks asked us about running a Python script or ModelBuilder model at a prescribed time — usually in the early morning when their computers are bored and … Continue reading

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Choosing the right Python Integrated Development Environment


This blog is solely intended to be used as a reference to learn which Python integrated development environment (IDE) might be best for you or your organization. Since there are many IDEs to choose from, picking the right one can … Continue reading

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Invitation to participate in an Esri software Usability Study at the User Conference

The Esri development team would like to invite you to participate in a moderated and recorded usability study of a new application for GIS professionals currently under development.

Who we’re looking for…

  • Existing ArcGIS for Desktop users
  • ArcGIS Online and App users interested in professional GIS software
  • Users of Esri Solutions (Local Government, Water Utilities, Land Records, 3D cities and campuses)
  • Users with varying degrees of experience who author maps,  analyze \ edit data, and manage GIS content

In total, we’re looking for 30 committed testers.

How it works…
Our sole intent and goal for this study is to assess the usability of our next generation professional desktop software; we want you to test our software, we’re not testing your computer, nor ArcGIS skills.

To consider you as a usability tester, we require that you are registered and approved by your employer to attend Esri User Conference and complete a pre-screening questionnaire—details below. Your time in the test lab is about 40 minutes.

Your test session will be recorded and observed by one or more members of the development team.

Click here to sign up

We thank you in advance for your time and look forward to meeting you in San Diego.

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