InsertCursor establishes a write cursor on a feature class or table. InsertCursor can be used to add new rows.


When using InsertCursor on a point feature class, creating a PointGeometry and setting it to the SHAPE@ token is a comparatively expensive operation. Instead, define the point feature using tokens such as SHAPE@XY, SHAPE@Z, and SHAPE@M for faster, more efficient access.

Opening simultaneous insert or update operations on the same workspace using different cursors requires the start of an edit session.

The following includes some dataset types that can only be edited within an edit session:

  • Feature classes participating in a topology
  • Feature classes participating in a geometric network
  • Feature classes participating in a network dataset
  • Versioned datasets in enterprise geodatabases
  • Some object and feature classes with class extensions

Using an InsertCursor on a layer with a joined table is not supported.


InsertCursor (in_table, field_names, datum_transformation)
ParámetroExplicaciónTipo de datos

The feature class, layer, table, or table view.


A list (or tuple) of field names. For a single field, you can use a string instead of a list of strings.

Use an asterisk (*) instead of a list of fields to access all fields from the input table (raster and BLOB fields are excluded). However, for faster performance and reliable field order, it is recommended that the list of fields be narrowed to only those that are actually needed.

Raster fields are not supported.

Additional information can be accessed using tokens (such as OID@) in place of field names:

  • SHAPE@XYUna tupla de las coordenadas x,y del centroide de la entidad.
  • SHAPE@XYZUna tupla de las coordenadas x, y, z del centroide de la entidad.
  • SHAPE@TRUECENTROIDUna tupla de las coordenadas x,y del centroide de la entidad. Devuelve el mismo valor que SHAPE@XY.
  • SHAPE@XUn doble de la coordenada x de la entidad.
  • SHAPE@YUn doble de la coordenada y de la entidad.
  • SHAPE@ZUn doble de la coordenada z de la entidad.
  • SHAPE@MUn doble del valor m de la entidad.
  • SHAPE@JSONLa cadena de caracteres JSON de Esri que representa la geometría.
  • SHAPE@WKBRepresentación binaria conocida (WKB) para geometría OGC. Ofrece una representación portátil de un valor de geometría como una transmisión contigua de bytes.
  • SHAPE@WKTRepresentación en texto conocida (WKB) para geometría OGC. Ofrece una representación portátil de un valor de geometría como cadena de caracteres.
  • SHAPE@Objeto de geometría para la entidad.

Polygon, polyline, or multipoint features can only be created using the SHAPE@ token.


When features to be inserted have a different spatial reference than the target feature class, a projection will be performed automatically. If the two spatial references have a different datum, an appropriate transformation should be specified.

The ListTransformations function can be used to provide a list of valid datum transformations between two spatial references.

Learn more about datum transformations



PropiedadExplicaciónTipo de datos
(Sólo lectura)

A tuple of field names used by the cursor.

The tuple will include all fields (and tokens) specified by the field_names argument. If the field_names argument is set to *, the fields property will include all fields used by the cursor. When using *, geometry values will be returned in a tuple of the x,y-coordinates (equivalent to the SHAPE@XY token).

The order of the field names on the fields property will be the same as passed in with the field_names argument.


Descripción general del método

insertRow (row)

Inserts a row into a table.


insertRow (row)
ParámetroExplicaciónTipo de datos

A list or tuple of values. The order of values must be in the same order as specified when creating the cursor.

When updating fields, if the incoming values match the type of field, the values will be cast as necessary. For example, a value of 1.0 to a string field will be added as "1.0", and a value of "25" added to a float field will be added as 25.0.

Valor de retorno
Tipo de datosExplicación

insertRow returns the objectid of the new row.

Muestra de código

InsertCursor example 1

Use InsertCursor to insert new rows into a table.

import arcpy
import datetime

# Create an insert cursor for a table specifying the fields that will
# have values provided
fields = ['rowid', 'distance', 'CFCC', 'DateInsp']
cursor = arcpy.da.InsertCursor('D:/data/base.gdb/roads_maint', fields)

# Create 25 new rows. Set default values on distance and CFCC code
for x in range(0, 25):
    cursor.insertRow((x, 100, 'A10',

# Delete cursor object
del cursor
InsertCursor example 2

Use InsertCursor with the SHAPE@XY token to add point features to a point feature class.

import arcpy

# A list of values that will be used to construct new rows
row_values = [('Anderson', (1409934.4442000017, 1076766.8192000017)),
              ('Andrews', (752000.2489000037, 1128929.8114))]

# Open an InsertCursor
cursor = arcpy.da.InsertCursor('C:/data/texas.gdb/counties',
                               ['NAME', 'SHAPE@XY'])

# Insert new rows that include the county name and a x,y coordinate
#  pair that represents the county center
for row in row_values:

# Delete cursor object
del cursor
InsertCursor example 3

Use InsertCursor with the SHAPE@ token to add a new feature using a geometry object.

import arcpy

# Create a polyline geometry
array = arcpy.Array([arcpy.Point(459111.6681, 5010433.1285),
                     arcpy.Point(472516.3818, 5001431.0808),
                     arcpy.Point(477710.8185, 4986587.1063)])
polyline = arcpy.Polyline(array)

# Open an InsertCursor and insert the new geometry
cursor = arcpy.da.InsertCursor('C:/data/texas.gdb/counties', ['SHAPE@'])

# Delete cursor object
del cursor

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