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GDB FeatureClass properties

Summary

The Describe function returns the following properties for Geodatabase Feature Classes. FeatureClass Properties, GDB Table Properties, Editor Tracking Dataset Properties, Table Properties, and Dataset Properties are also supported.

A Geodatabase Feature Class returns a dataType of "FeatureClass".

Properties

PropertyExplanationData Type
areaFieldName
(Read Only)

The name of the geometry area field.

String
geometryStorage
(Read Only)

Returns the geometry field storage.

  • BinaryEsri Binary storage
  • LOBEsri LOB storage
  • WKBOGC Well Known Binary storage
  • STSpatial Type storage
  • SDOOracle Spatial Type storage
  • PostGISPostgreSQL / PostGIS storage
  • MSSQLGeometrySQLServer / GEOMETRY storage
  • MSSQLGeographySQLServer / GEOGRAPHY storage
Note:

Returns the storage type for enterprise geodatabase feature classes only; for all other feature classes, returns an empty string.

String
lengthFieldName
(Read Only)

The name of the geometry length field.

String
representations
(Read Only)

A list of Describe objects for the representations associated with the feature class.

Describe

Code sample

GDB FeatureClass properties example (stand-alone script)

The following stand-alone script displays the GDB FeatureClass properties.

import arcpy

# Create a Describe object from the GDB Feature Class
#
desc = arcpy.Describe("C:/data/chesapeake.gdb/chesapeake/bayshed_1")

# Print GDB FeatureClass properties
#
print("Area Field Name  : " + desc.areaFieldName)
print("Length Field Name: " + desc.lengthFieldName)