Create File Geodatabase (Data Management)

Summary

Creates a file geodatabase in a folder.

Usage

  • The output path must already exist.

  • If the output geodatabase name does not include a .gdb extension, one will be added.

Parameters

LabelExplanationData Type
File Geodatabase Location

The folder where the file geodatabase will be created.

Folder
File GDB Name

The name of the file geodatabase to be created.

String
File Geodatabase Version
(Optional)

The ArcGIS version for the new geodatabase.

  • Current —Creates a geodatabase compatible with the currently installed version of ArcGIS. This is the default.
  • 10.0 —Creates a geodatabase compatible with ArcGIS version 10.
  • 9.3 —Creates a geodatabase compatible with ArcGIS version 9.3.
  • 9.2 —Creates a geodatabase compatible with ArcGIS version 9.2.
String

Derived Output

LabelExplanationData Type
Output File Geodatabase

The new output file geodatabase.

Workspace

arcpy.management.CreateFileGDB(out_folder_path, out_name, {out_version})
NameExplanationData Type
out_folder_path

The folder where the file geodatabase will be created.

Folder
out_name

The name of the file geodatabase to be created.

String
out_version
(Optional)

The ArcGIS version for the new geodatabase.

  • CURRENTCreates a geodatabase compatible with the currently installed version of ArcGIS. This is the default.
  • 10.0Creates a geodatabase compatible with ArcGIS version 10.
  • 9.3Creates a geodatabase compatible with ArcGIS version 9.3.
  • 9.2Creates a geodatabase compatible with ArcGIS version 9.2.
String

Derived Output

NameExplanationData Type
out_file_gdb

The new output file geodatabase.

Workspace

Code sample

CreateFileGDB example 1 (Python window)

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

import arcpy
arcpy.CreateFileGDB_management("C:/output", "fGDB.gdb")
CreateFileGDB example 2 (Python window)

The following Python window script demonstrates how to use the CreateFileGDB function in immediate mode to create a file geodatabase corresponding to a previous release of ArcGIS.

import arcpy
arcpy.CreateFileGDB_management("C:/output", "fGDB.gdb", "9.2")
CreateFileGDB example 3 (stand-alone script)

The following Python script demonstrates how to use the CreateFileGDB function in a stand-alone script.

# Name: CreateFileGDB_Example2.py
# Description: Create a file GDB

# Import system modules
import arcpy

# Set local variables
out_folder_path = "C:/output" 
out_name = "fGDB.gdb"

# Execute CreateFileGDB
arcpy.CreateFileGDB_management(out_folder_path, out_name)

Licensing information

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

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