Extending the character limit on a string field

05-06-2021 11:19 AM
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In ArcGIS Online: how do you increase the character limit on an existing text field? Currently the limit is 30 and I would like to increase it to 255.

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MVP Frequent Contributor

I would add a new text field specifying the max length as the default 256. Then run a calculate field to map the old string across, delete the old field and rename the newly created one.

MVP Esteemed Contributor

David is correct.  Existing fields can't be modified once they contain data.

... sort of retired...
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If you have access to the feature class on the database level.

My dataset is not versioned and in Oracle SDE.  

You first turn off all services reading using that feature class.

If someone else has 

Add it to Pro and use Design > Fields and you can increase the value of a String Field. Hit save.

I have used Davids Method many times with success. Other than I rename the old field to keep it for a little. 

I then rename the new field and make sure everything is working.  But if your services are just referencing the text field it is not that big a deal.