An overview of the Archiving toolset

The Archiving toolset contains tools for managing geodatabase archiving. Archiving in ArcGIS provides the functionality to record and access changes made to data in a geodatabase. Geodatabase archiving is the mechanism for capturing, managing, and analyzing data change.

Organizations need to preserve the changes made to their data in order to answer common questions, such as the following:

  • What was the value for a certain attribute at a specific moment?
  • How has a particular feature or row changed through time?
  • How has a spatial area evolved over time?


The tools in the Archiving toolset require an ArcGIS Desktop Standard or Desktop Advanced license.


Disable Archiving

Disables archiving on a geodatabase feature class, table, or feature dataset.

Enable Archiving

Enables archiving on a table, feature class, or feature dataset.

Trim Archive History

Deletes retired archive records from nonversioned archive-enabled datasets.

Tools in the Archiving toolset

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