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Disable Attachments


Disables attachments on a geodatabase feature class or table. Deletes the attachment relationship class and attachment table.


  • This tool permanently deletes all attachments internally stored in the geodatabase and associated with the Input Dataset. If attachments are enabled after being disabled, no attachments that were previously associated with the feature class or table will be present.

  • If the geodatabase feature class or table does not have attachments enabled, a warning message will be delivered and no processing will take place.


DisableAttachments_management (in_dataset)
ParameterExplanationData Type

Geodatabase table or feature class for which attachments will be disabled. The input must be in a version 10 or later geodatabase.

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Code sample

DisableAttachments example (Python window)

The following code snippet illustrates how to use the DisableAttachments tool in the Python window.

import arcpy
DisableAttachments example (stand-alone Python script)

The following script illustrates how to use the DisableAttachments tool in a stand-alone script.

# Name:
# Description: GDB Attachments are no longer required, so disable
#              attachments on the input dataset

# Import system modules
import arcpy

# Set the geoprocessing workspace to the feature dataset LandRecord
# in the geodatabase City.gdb
arcpy.env.workspace = r"C:\Data\City.gdb\LandRecord"

# Set local variables
input = "Parcels"

# Use DisableAttachments to delete all attachment files from the gdb
# and disable attachment handling


Licensing information

  • ArcGIS Desktop Basic: No
  • ArcGIS Desktop Standard: Yes
  • ArcGIS Desktop Advanced: Yes

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