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Parse Path


The Parse Path tool parses the input into its file, path, name, or extension. The output can be used as inline variable in the output name of other tools.

Learn how Parse Path works in ModelBuilder


  • This tool is intended for use in ModelBuilder and not in Python scripting.

  • Parsing results are controlled by the Parse Type parameter. Example: If the input to the Parse Path tool is C:\ToolData\InputFC.shp, then

    Parse TypeResult
    File name and extension InputFC.shp
    File pathC:\ToolData
    File nameInputFC
    File extensionshp

  • The same functionality can be accessed in scripting with the Python os module. For example if you pass an input variable:

    Input = "C:\ToolData\InputFC.shp", then

    • To get the file InputFC.shp
      import os
    • To get the file path C:\ToolData
      import os
    • To get the file name InputFC
      import os
    • To get the file extension shp
      import os

  • The output of Parse Path is a string and cannot be connected directly as an input to the tools such as Create Feature Class in parameters like Feature Class Location which requires a workspace data type as input. Use %Value% inline variable substitution in such cases as shown below:

    Parse Path with Create Feature Class tool


ParsePath_mb (in_data_element, {parse_type})
ParameterExplanationData Type

Input values that you want to parse.

Any value

The parse type. Given the input value of C:\ToolData\InputFC.shp:

  • FILEOutput will be the file. Example: InputFC.shp
  • PATHOutput will be the file path. Example: C:\ToolData
  • NAMEOutput will be the file name. Example: InputFC
  • EXTENSIONOutput will be the file extension. Example: shp


This tool does not use any geoprocessing environments.

Licensing information

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