Feature Vertices To Points (Data Management)

Available with Advanced license.


Creates a feature class containing points generated from specified vertices or locations of the input features.


Feature Vertices To Points
Feature Vertices To Points


  • The attributes of the input features will be maintained in the output feature class. A new field, ORIG_FID, will be added to the output feature class and set to the input feature IDs.

  • For multipart lines or polygons, each part will be treated as a line. Therefore, each part will have its own start, end, and mid points, as well as possible dangle point(s).

  • A parametric (true) curve has only the start and end points and will not be densified.

  • For the Dangle option of the Point Type parameter on the dialog box (the point_location parameter in Python), an additional field, DANGLE_LEN carrying the dangle length values in feature unit, will be added to the output feature class. For an isolated line, both endpoints are dangle points; therefore, the dangle length is the line length itself. For a dangle line that intersects another line at one of its endpoints, the dangle length is measured from the dangling endpoint to the intersection.


arcpy.management.FeatureVerticesToPoints(in_features, out_feature_class, {point_location})
ParameterExplanationData Type

The input features that can be line or polygon.

Feature Layer

The output point feature class.

Feature Class

Specifies where an output point will be created.

  • ALLA point will be created at each input feature vertex. This is the default.
  • MIDA point will be created at the midpoint, not necessarily a vertex, of each input line or polygon boundary.
  • STARTA point will be created at the start point (first vertex) of each input feature.
  • ENDA point will be created at the end point (last vertex) of each input feature.
  • BOTH_ENDSTwo points will be created, one at the start point and another at the endpoint of each input feature.
  • DANGLEA dangle point will be created for any start or end point of an input line, if that point is not connected to another line at any location along that line. This option does not apply to polygon input.

Code sample

FeatureVerticesToPoints Example 1 (Python window)

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

import arcpy
from arcpy import env
env.workspace = "C:/data"
FeatureVerticesToPoints Example 2 (stand-alone script)

The following stand-alone script is a simple example of how to apply the FeatureVerticesToPoints function in a scripting environment.

# Name: FeatureVerticesToPoints_Example2.py
# Description: Use FeatureVerticesToPoints function to get the mid-points
#              of input line features

# import system modules 
import arcpy
from arcpy import env

# Set environment settings
env.workspace = "C:/data"
# Set local variables
inFeatures = "majorrds.shp"
outFeatureClass = "c:/output/output.gdb/majorrds_midpt"

# Execute FeatureVerticesToPoints
arcpy.FeatureVerticesToPoints_management(inFeatures, outFeatureClass, "MID")

Licensing information

  • Basic: No
  • Standard: No
  • Advanced: Yes

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