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Table To dBASE


Converts one or more tables to dBASE tables.


  • This tool supports the following table formats as input:

    • Geodatabase
    • dBASE (.dbf)
    • Comma-separated values (.csv or .txt)
    • Microsoft Excel worksheets (.xls or .xlsx)
    • INFO
    • VPF
    • OLE database
    • In-memory table views

    For file input (.csv or .txt), the first row of the input file is used as the field names on the output table. Field names cannot contain spaces or special characters (such as $ or *), and you will receive an error if the first row of the input file contains spaces or special characters.

  • The name of the output dBASE tables will be based on the name of the input table. To control the output name and for additional conversion options, use the Table To Table tool.

  • The Copy Rows and Table To Table tools can also be used to convert a table to a dBASE file.

  • If the name of the output table already exists in the output folder, a number will be appended to the end of the name to make it unique (for example, OutputTbl_1.dbf).


TableToDBASE_conversion (Input_Table, Output_Folder)
ParameterExplanationData Type

The list of tables to be converted to dBASE.

Table View

The destination folder where the output dBASE tables will be placed.


Code sample

TableToDBASE example 1 (Python window)

The following Python window script demonstrates how to use the TableToDBASE function in immediate mode.

import arcpy
arcpy.env.workspace = "C:/data/Habitat_Analysis.gdb"
arcpy.TableToDBASE_conversion(["vegtype", "futrds"], "C:/output")
TableToDBASE example 2 (stand-alone script)

The following stand-alone script demonstrates how to use the TableToDBASE function.

# Name:
# Description: Use TableToDBASE to copy tables to dBASE format
# Import system modules
import arcpy
# Set environment settings
arcpy.env.workspace = "C:/data"
# Set local variables
inTables = ["vegtype", "futrds"]
outLocation = "C:/output"

# Execute TableToDBASE
arcpy.TableToDBASE_conversion(inTables, outLocation)

Licensing information

  • ArcGIS Desktop Basic: Yes
  • ArcGIS Desktop Standard: Yes
  • ArcGIS Desktop Advanced: Yes

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