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Export data

Exporting data allows you to share data with other users, across multiple geodatabases and optionally change the format of the data.

This can be done in two ways:

  • Using the context menu on items in the Project tab of the Catalog pane
  • Using geoprocessing tools

Exporting data using the context menu or through geoprocessing uses the Conversion tools in ArcToolbox. Refer to the Conversion toolbox help for information regarding these tools and their parameters.

Export data in a geodatabase

To export data stored in a geodatabase, right-click the geodatabase under the Databases folder in the Project tab of the Catalog pane and point to the Export pull-right menu.

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You can also export data stored in a file geodatabase by right-clicking it under the Folders folder in the Project tab of the Catalog pane and pointing to the Export pull-right menu.

The Export pull-right menu will give you the following options:

  • Feature Class(es) To CAD... — Converts all or a subset of feature classes contained in the geodatabase into one or more CAD drawings using the Export to CAD geoprocessing tool
  • Feature Class(es) To Geodatabase... — Copies all or a subset of feature classes contained in the geodatabase to a target geodatabase using the Feature Class To Geodatabase geoprocessing tool
  • Feature Class(es) To Shapefile(s)... — Converts all or a subset of feature classes contained in the geodatabase into one or more shapefiles in a target folder using the Feature Class To Shapefile geoprocessing tool
  • Table(s) To Geodatabase... — Converts one or more tables in a geodatabase to geodatabase tables in an output geodatabase using the Table To Geodatabase geoprocessing tool
  • Table(s) To dBASE... — Converts one or more tables in a geodatabase into a dBASE file in an output folder using the Table To dBASE geoprocessing tool
  • Geodatabase To XML Workspace Document... — Exports the geodatabase's data or schema only to an XML Workspace Document using the Export XML Workspace Document geoprocessing tool

Export data in a feature dataset

To export data stored in a feature dataset, right-click the feature dataset in the Project tab of the Catalog pane and point to the Export pull-right menu.

This will give you the following options:

  • Feature Class(es) To CAD... — Converts all or a subset of feature classes contained in the feature dataset into one or more CAD drawings using the Export to CAD geoprocessing tool
  • Feature Class(es) To Geodatabase... — Copies all or a subset of feature classes contained in the feature dataset to a target geodatabase using the Feature Class To Geodatabase geoprocessing tool
  • Feature Class(es) To Shapefile(s)... — Converts all or a subset of feature classes contained in the feature dataset into one or more shapefiles in a target folder using the Feature Class To Shapefile geoprocessing tool
  • Geodatabase To XML Workspace Document... — Exports the feature dataset's data or schema only to an XML Workspace Document using the Export XML Workspace Document geoprocessing tool

Export feature classes

To export a feature class, right-click it in the Project tab of the Catalog pane and point to the Export pull-right menu.

This will give you the following options:

  • Feature Class(es) To CAD... — Converts one or more feature classes into a CAD drawing using the Export to CAD geoprocessing tool
  • Feature Class To Feature Class... — Converts the feature class to another feature class using Feature Class To Feature Class geoprocessing tool
  • Feature Class(es) To Geodatabase... — Copies the feature class to a target geodatabase using the Feature Class To Geodatabase geoprocessing tool
  • Feature Class to Shapefile... — Converts the feature class into a shapefile in a target folder using the Feature Class to Shapefile geoprocessing tool
  • Feature Class(es) To Shapefile(s)... — Converts one or more feature classes into one or more shapefiles in a target folder using the Feature Class To Shapefile geoprocessing tool
  • Feature Class To XML Workspace Document... — Exports the feature class' data or schema only to an XML Workspace Document using the Export XML Workspace Document geoprocessing tool

Export tables

To export a table, right-click it in the Project tab of the Catalog pane and point to the Export pull-right menu.

This will give you the following options:

  • Table(s) To dBASE... — Converts one or more tables in a geodatabase into a dBASE file in an output folder using the Table To dBASE geoprocessing tool
  • Table To Table... — Converts the table to a dBASE or geodatabase table using the Table To Table geoprocessing tool
  • Table(s) To Geodatabase... — Converts one or more tables in a geodatabase to geodatabase tables in an output geodatabase using the Table To Geodatabase geoprocessing tool
  • Table(s) To XML Workspace Document... — Exports the table's data or schema only to an XML Workspace Document using the Export XML Workspace Document geoprocessing tool

Export shapefiles

To export a shapefile, right-click it in the Project tab of the Catalog pane and point to the Export pull-right menu.

This will give you the following options:

  • Shapefile To CAD... — Converts one or more shapefiles into a CAD drawing using the Export to CAD geoprocessing tool
  • Feature Class To Feature Class... — Converts the shapefile into a feature class using Feature Class To Feature Class geoprocessing tool
  • Feature Class(es) To Geodatabase... — Converts one or more shapefiles into one or more feature classes in a target geodatabase using the Feature Class To Geodatabase geoprocessing tool