Open map after importing .mapx using arcpy

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ToyotaT18
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After importing a .mapx map file using importDocument(), it appears in the Catalog. Is there a way to then open that map window using arcpy?

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DanPatterson
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you can get the contents, but there is no "open" method if you follow the arcpy trail


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MatthewDriscoll
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You could try using the os.  

 

import os
myfile = r"C:\Path\TestProject.aprx"
os.system("start " + myfile)

* After some testing this works better.  You could also probably use the subprocess Popen too?

import os
myfile = r"C:\Path\TestProject.aprx"
os.startfile(myfile)

 

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ToyotaT18
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Hi Matthew, that seems to open the file in a new instance of ArcGIS pro, I need it to open in the current session. Do you know if this is possible?

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MatthewDriscoll
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Not that I can figure out.  When I run into situations like this in Pro I will use Tasks.  You can have the python script run but don't include the importDocument in a step, make a new step to Import Map (noting exactly how/where to get the map file), ect.  You can have each step run automatically one right after another.  Not ideal, but if you need a bit of handholding for those less familiar with the software it works great. 

Also,  you might be able to do this with the Pro SDK within IProjectItem then AddItem.  

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DanPatterson
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it opens a new instance.  

What is it you want to do? 

You can access properties of the aprx etcetera to add to the current project.

It isn't clear what your intent is.


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ToyotaT18
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Hi Dan, as stated in my initial post, my intent is to open a map window which has been imported from a .mapx file. I'm trying to get this to work from a custom geoprocessing tool which is run in ArcGIS Pro.

In the GUI if I select Insert -> Import Map and point to the .mapx file, it adds the map to the 'Maps' section of the catalog, and opens the map window too.

In Arcpy if I use aprx.importDocument('.mapx file') it adds the map to the catalog but doesn't open the map window. I'm trying to work out if I can then open the map window using arcpy.

Hopefully that makes the intent more clear, thanks.

 

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DanPatterson
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That's what I though.  In my initial post, I couldn't find any "open" method in either of the links... 

I am wondering if you have to construct it from an active mapview, but I definitely haven't tested.


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