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Create File Geodatabase

Summary

Creates a file geodatabase in a folder.

Usage

  • The output path must already exist.

  • If the output geodatabase name does not include a .gdb extension, one will be added.

Syntax

CreateFileGDB_management (out_folder_path, out_name, {out_version})
ParameterExplanationData Type
out_folder_path

The folder where the file geodatabase will be created.

Folder
out_name

The name of the file geodatabase to be created.

String
out_version
(Optional)

The ArcGIS version for the new geodatabase.

  • CURRENTCreates a geodatabase compatible with the currently installed version of ArcGIS. This is the default.
  • 10.0Creates a geodatabase compatible with ArcGIS version 10.
  • 9.3Creates a geodatabase compatible with ArcGIS version 9.3.
  • 9.2Creates a geodatabase compatible with ArcGIS version 9.2.
String

Code sample

CreateFileGDB example 1 (Python window)

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

import arcpy
arcpy.CreateFileGDB_management("C:/output", "fGDB.gdb")
CreateFileGDB example 2 (Python window)

The following Python window script demonstrates how to use the CreateFileGDB function in immediate mode to create a file geodatabase corresponding to a previous release of ArcGIS.

import arcpy
arcpy.CreateFileGDB_management("C:/output", "fGDB.gdb", "9.2")
CreateFileGDB Example 3 (Stand-alone Python Script)

The following Python script demonstrates how to use the CreateFileGDB function in a stand-alone script.

# Name: CreateFileGDB_Example2.py
# Description: Create a file GDB

# Import system modules
import arcpy

# Set local variables
out_folder_path = "C:/output" 
out_name = "fGDB.gdb"

# Execute CreateFileGDB
arcpy.CreateFileGDB_management(out_folder_path, out_name)

Licensing information

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

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