shrug-l: making many files from 1 file

Fenwick, Larry Larry_Fenwick at
Fri Jan 8 07:31:24 EST 2010



Use the Split tool under the Analysis Tools toolbox - Extract toolset in
Arc Toolbox.  I've used this to pull a separate feature class for each
state out of the entire US States dataset.  Use the same dataset as the
Input feature and the Split feature.  The split field will be State
Name.  Target workspace is where you want to deposit the 50 individual
state shapes.




Larry Fenwick, LEED AP


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Jacksonville, FL 32202


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From: Moore, Chris P. [mailto:Chris.P.Moore at] 
Sent: Thursday, January 07, 2010 10:28 AM
To: shrug-l at
Subject: shrug-l: making many files from 1 file


Anyone know of a script or python code to make many GIS layers from 1


For example, if I have one polygon layer with 50 polygons, I need 50
separate files with 1 polygon each. Can be any file format, gdb, shp
file as long as it inherits the attribute table/attributes from the
original one. 


I can probably build it in Model Builder or use python, but if someone
else has already done it....




Chris Moore
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Water Information Technology Services (WITS)/GIS
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