Package Locator (Data Management)


Package a locator or composite locator to create a single compressed .gcpk file.

Learn more about sharing an address locator as a locator package


Locator package
The folder structures of an unpacked locator package that contains a locator, and an unpacked composite locator package that contains the composite locator and its participating locators.


  • If you want to create a package for a composite locator, make sure that the participating locators are stored in the file folder.

  • A warning is issued when this tool encounters an invalid locator. The invalid locator will not be packaged.

  • The locator package file (.gcpk) can be shared with other users.

    Learn more about sharing an address locator as a locator package.

  • You can use the Extract Package tool and specify an output folder to unpack a locator package. You can also specify a folder in which to unpack packages in the Share and download options.

  • Each locator will be copied to a unique folder created in the consolidated folder.


PackageLocator(in_locator, output_file, {copy_arcsde_locator}, {additional_files}, {summary}, {tags})
ParameterExplanationData Type

The locator or composite locator that will be packaged.

Address Locator

The name and location of the output locator package (.gcpk).


This parameter has no effect in ArcGIS Pro. It remains only to support backward compatibility.


Adds additional files to a package. Additional files, such as .doc, .txt, .pdf, and so on, are used to provide more information about the contents and purpose of the package.


Adds summary information to the properties of the package.


Adds tag information to the properties of the package. Multiple tags can be added or separated by a comma or semicolon.


Code sample

PackageLocator example 1 (Python window)

The following Python script demonstrates how to use the PackageLocator tool from within the Python window.

import arcpy
arcpy.env.workspace = "C:/MyData/Locators"
arcpy.PackageLocator_management('Atlanta_composite', 'Altanta_composite.gcpk', 
                                "", "#", "Summary of package", 
                                "tag1; tag2; tag3")
PackageLocator example 2 (stand-alone script)

Finds and creates individual locator packages for all of the locators that reside in a specified folder.

# Name:
# Description:  Find all the locators that reside in a specified folder and 
#               create a locator package for each locator.

# import system modules
import os
import arcpy

# Set environment settings
arcpy.env.overwriteOutput = True
arcpy.env.workspace = "C:/MyData/Locators" 

# Loop through the workspace, find all the locators, and create a locator package 
# using the same name as the locator.
for loc in arcpy.ListFiles("*.loc"):
    print("Packaging " + loc)
    arcpy.PackageLocator_management(loc, os.path.splitext(loc)[0] + '.gcpk', "", 
                                    "#","Summary of package","tag1; tag2; tag3")


Licensing information

  • Basic: Yes
  • Standard: Yes
  • Advanced: Yes

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