Create datasets in a geodatabase

While working with your geodatabase in ArcGIS Pro, you can create empty datasets directly from the geodatabase. To do this, right-click the geodatabase in the Catalog pane and click New. Next, select the dataset type that you want to create from the context menu list. This opens the geoprocessing tool corresponding to the dataset type chosen. Enter the input parameters and run the geoprocessing tool to create the dataset in the geodatabase.

Create datasets

To create datasets, complete the following steps:

  1. In the Catalog pane, locate the geodatabase where the new dataset will be created.
    • For an enterprise geodatabase, this is under Databases after you create a connection to your database.
    • For a file or mobile geodatabase, this is located under Databases or Folders.
  2. Right-click the geodatabase, hover over New, and click the specific type of dataset you want to create.

    The geoprocessing tool corresponding to the dataset type chosen opens. See the table below for the dataset types that can be created in a geodatabase.

  3. Fill in the tool parameters and click Run to create the new dataset.

Dataset types to create in a geodatabase

The following table describes the types of datasets that can be created within a geodatabase and provides a link to its corresponding geoprocessing tool.


Feature dataset

A set of thematically related feature classes (typically used to manage a topology, network, or terrain).

Feature class

A collection of features of the same type (such as wells, parcels, and streets) with a common set of attribute fields.


A collection of nonspatial attributes of the same type (such as a table with information about parcel owners). Attribute tables can be used for many purposes.


You can define a database view on tables in your database.

Relationship class

Creates an association between records in one table and records in another.

Raster dataset

A single raster or image data layer covering an extent.

Raster datasets are not supported in a mobile geodatabase.

Mosaic dataset

Mosaic datasets are used to manage, display, serve, and share raster data.

Mosaic datasets are not supported in a mobile geodatabase.

Geoprocessing toolbox

A series of user-created geoprocessing tools, scripts, and models.

Toolboxes are not supported in a mobile geodatabase.