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Geoprocessing history

The geoprocessing tools you run are logged and saved with your project. You can view detailed information about each tool that was run and reopen them with the same settings you previously used. Geoprocessing history will help you be more productive and allow you to better understand the processes that created the data and layers in your project.

When you run any geoprocessing tool, an entry is added to Geoprocessing Geoprocessing History in the Catalog pane's History tab.

Geoprocessing History

History entries

Each history entry maintains detailed information about the tool, such as

  • The inputs, outputs, and other parameter settings
  • When the tool was run, when tool execution finished, and how long it took to execute
  • If the tool completed successfully or failed
  • Any information, warning, or error messages
  • Links to output reports or files, such as PDF or HTML documents, which will open in your default system application

Manage history

If you open the project at a later time to continue your work, all of your geoprocessing history will be available for review. You can easily reopen and run any of the tools in the history by double-clicking the entry. If you do not want the geoprocessing history maintained with a project, you can remove it. To remove individual tools, right-click an entry and select Remove. Single or multiple selected history entries can also be removed using the Remove button Delete.

Automate your geoprocessing work

You can use the geoprocessing tools you run from the Geoprocessing pane as a starting point to automate your work with Python and ModelBuilder.

  • Right-click any geoprocessing history entry and select Copy Python command to copy the geoprocessing tool command as a Python snippet. You can also directly add the Python snippet from a history entry to the Python window using the command Send To Python Window Show Python window.
  • Geoprocessing history entries can be drag and dropped into ModelBuilder. The tool and all parameter settings will be copied into the model.

Share your analysis

Geoprocessing history plays a key role when sharing your analysis as either a geoprocessing package or a web tool. Any analysis you wish to share must first have been run successfully and logged in your geoprocessing history.

Learn more about sharing analysis