Copy Rows (Data Management)


Copies the rows of a table, table view, feature class, feature layer, or raster with attribute table to a new geodatabase, .csv, .txt, or .dbf table.


  • If the input is a table view or feature layer and has a selection, only the selected rows are copied to the output table.

  • This tool supports the following table formats as input:

    • Geodatabase
    • dBASE (.dbf)
    • Comma-separated values (.csv or .txt)
    • Microsoft Excel worksheets (.xls or .xlsx)
    • In-memory table views

    For file input (.csv or .txt), the first row of the input file is used as the field names on the output table. Field names cannot contain spaces or special characters (such as $ or *), and you will receive an error if the first row of the input file contains spaces or special characters.

  • All rows are copied if the input is a feature class or table. If the input rows are from a layer or table view that has a selection, only the selected features or rows will be used.

  • If the input rows are a feature class, only the attributes, and not the geometry, are copied to the output table.

  • To add or append the copied rows to an existing table, use the Append tool.

Syntax, out_table, {config_keyword})
ParameterExplanationData Type

The input rows to be copied to a new table.

Table View; Raster Layer

The table that will be created and to which rows from the input will be copied.

If the output table is in a folder, include an extension such as .csv, .txt, or .dbf to make the table the specified format. If the output table is in a geodatabase, do not specify an extension.


Specifies the default storage parameters for an enterprise geodatabase.


Code sample

CopyRows example 1 (Python window)

The following Python window script demonstrates how to use the CopyRows function in immediate mode.

import arcpy
arcpy.env.workspace = "C:/data"
arcpy.CopyRows_management("vegtable.dbf", "C:/output/output.gdb/vegtable")
CopyRows example 2 (stand-alone script)

The following stand-alone script demonstrates how to use CopyRows to copy the tables in a folder to a file geodatabase.

# Description: Convert all dBASE tables in a folder to geodatabase tables
# Requirement: os module

# Import system modules
import arcpy
import os
# Set environment settings
arcpy.env.workspace = "C:/data"
# Set local variables
outWorkspace = "c:/output/output.gdb"
# Use ListTables to generate a list of dBASE tables in the
#  workspace shown above.
tableList = arcpy.ListTables()
# Execute CopyRows for each input table
for dbaseTable in tableList:
    # Determine the new output feature class path and name
    outTable = os.path.join(outWorkspace, os.path.splitext(dbaseTable)[0])
    arcpy.CopyRows_management(dbaseTable, outTable)

Licensing information

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

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