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Register As Versioned


Registers an enterprise, workgroup, or desktop geodatabase dataset as versioned.


  • Versioning tools only work with datasets in an enterprise, workgroup, or desktop geodatabase. File geodatabases don't support versioning.

  • Registering a feature dataset as versioned registers all feature classes within the feature dataset as versioned.

  • Versions are not affected by changes occurring in other versions of the geodatabase.

  • Archive-enabled datasets cannot be registered as versioned. If you've already enabled archiving on your data but you also want to register your data as versioned, you must first disable archiving, register the data as versioned, and re-enable archiving. You can enable archiving on versioned data, but you cannot register archived data as versioned.

  • Note:

    Once a dataset has been registered as branch versioned, the minimum client version for the dataset is ArcGIS Pro 2.1. This means that the dataset will no longer be available for use in ArcGIS Desktop.


RegisterAsVersioned_management (in_dataset, {edit_to_base})
ParameterExplanationData Type

The dataset to be registered as versioned.

Table View; Feature Dataset

Determines whether edits to the default version will be moved to the base tables.

  • NO_EDITS_TO_BASEDataset will not be versioned with the option to move edits to base. This is the default.
  • EDITS_TO_BASEDataset will be versioned with the option of moving edits to base.

Code sample

RegisterAsVersioned example (stand-alone script)

The following stand-alone script demonstrates how to use the RegisterAsVersioned tool to register a dataset as versioned.

# Name:
# Description: Registers dataset as versioned

# Import system modules
import arcpy

# Set local variables
datasetName = "c:/Connections/ninefour@gdb.sde/ninefour.GDB.ctgFuseFeature"

# Execute RegisterAsVersioned
arcpy.RegisterAsVersioned_management(datasetName, "NO_EDITS_TO_BASE")


Licensing information

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

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