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Remove Rasters From Mosaic Dataset


Removes selected raster datasets from a mosaic dataset.


  • There must be a selection or a query specified; otherwise, the tool will not run. If you want to delete all the records from the mosaic dataset, specify a query that would select all the rasters, such as "OBJECTID>=0".

  • You have the option to remove overviews but not to delete them. If the overviews are generated within the mosaic dataset, they will be deleted when they are removed, because they are managed by the mosaic dataset. If you have created the overviews in a folder, or nondefault location, they are not fully managed by the mosaic dataset; therefore, you can remove them but not delete them from disk. You may not want to delete overviews if you are using them elsewhere.

  • If you choose to mark the affected overviews but not delete them, you can use the Build Overviews tool to regenerate the affected overviews.

  • This tool will also delete the cache created for each item in the mosaic dataset. Both raster cache and LAS cache can be removed. The properties for the cache for these datasets is defined in their functions.

  • Database fragmentation and frequent data manipulation can dramatically increase the size of your mosaic dataset. If your database size is inflated due to constant transactions, run the Compact tool.


RemoveRastersFromMosaicDataset_management (in_mosaic_dataset, {where_clause}, {update_boundary}, {mark_overviews_items}, {delete_overview_images}, {delete_item_cache}, {remove_items}, {update_cellsize_ranges})
ParameterExplanationData Type

The mosaic dataset containing the rasters you want to remove

Mosaic Layer

An SQL expression to select the raster datasets that you want removed from the mosaic dataset.

There must be a selection or a query specified; otherwise, the tool will not run. If you want to delete all the records from the mosaic dataset, specify a query that would select all the rasters, such as "OBJECTID>=0".

SQL Expression

Updates the boundary polygon of a mosaic dataset. By default, the boundary merges all the footprint polygons to create a single boundary representing the extent of the valid pixels.

  • UPDATE_BOUNDARYThe boundary will be updated. This is the default.
  • NO_BOUNDARY The boundary will not be updated.

When the rasters in a mosaic catalog have been removed, any overviews created using those rasters may no longer be accurate; therefore, they can be identified so they can be updated or removed if they are no longer needed.

  • MARK_OVERVIEW_ITEMSThe affected overviews will be identified. This is the default.
  • NO_MARK_OVERVIEW_ITEMSThe affected overviews will not be identified.

Remove overviews associated with the selected rasters.

  • DELETE_OVERVIEW_IMAGESDelete overviews associated with the slected rasters. This is the default.
  • NO_DELETE_OVERVIEW_IMAGES Remove overviews associated with the selected rasters.

Remove cache that is based on any source raster datasets that you are removing from the mosaic dataset.

  • DELETE_ITEM_CACHERemove the item and its corresponding cache. This is the default.
  • NO_DELETE_ITEM_CACHEKeep the cache as part of the mosaic dataset.

Remove item, cache, overviews, and raster datasets. Or, remove only the cache and overviews, and keep the raster datasets.

  • REMOVE_MOSAICDATASET_ITEMSRemove the item from the mosaic dataset. This is the default.
  • NO_REMOVE_MOSAICDATASET_ITEMSRemove the item cache and any associated overviews, but not the item itself.

Update cell size ranges for the mosaic dataset. Choose this option if you are removing all of the imagery at a specific cell size.

  • UPDATE_CELL_SIZESUpdate the cell size ranges. This is the default.
  • NO_CELL_SIZESDo not update the cell size ranges.

Code sample

RemoveRastersFromMosaicDataset example 1 (Python window)

This is a Python sample for RemoveRastersFromMosaicDataset.

import arcpy
     "C:/Workspace/remove.gdb/md", "YEAR<1999", "UPDATE_BOUNDARY", 
     "MARK_OVERVIEW_ITEMS",  "#", "#", "#", "#")
RemoveRastersFromMosaicDataset example 2 (stand-alone script)

This is a Python script sample for RemoveRastersFromMosaicDataset.

#Delete Overviews with Query

import arcpy
arcpy.env.workspace = "C:/Workspace"

mdname = "remove.gdb/md2"
query = "#"
updatebnd = "#"
markovr = "#"
delitemcache = "#"
updatecs = "UPDATE_CELL_SIZES"

     mdname, query, updatebnd, markovr, delovr, delitemcache, 
     removeitem, updatecs)


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