explore GIS Connections with arcpy

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12-12-2016 06:36 AM
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New Contributor II

Dear all,

Has anyone tried to list the different GIS connections in the catalog side window using python?

I want to run a little script that lists all my ArcGIS, WMS, etc connections, so I can share it with colleagues.

I did some research and found nothing.

Can you point me in the right direction?

Kind regards,

Koen

ERCC

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MVP Regular Contributor

The examples below are for SQL Server and Oracle, but others will be similar:

Manage connections in SQL Server—Help | ArcGIS for Desktop 

Manage connections in Oracle—Help | ArcGIS for Desktop 

You can also directly query the Process_information table in the database, which will also provide the list of active connections.

https://community.esri.com/groups/geodatabase?sr=search&searchId=61d436cb-0eb1-4a29-a573-888872215f1...https://community.esri.com/community/gis/enterprise-gis?sr=search&searchId=094efce3-b418-4de4-8db9-8...

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Esri Frequent Contributor

Those connections are physically stored under C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\ESRI\Desktop<version>\ArcCatalog, so you can loop through the contents of that folder to find what you need.

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MVP Regular Contributor

Well, after reading Jonathan's reply, I re-read the question and looks like you were not asking for a way to list the active connections to an Enterprise geodatabase. Rather the GIS connections on a particular machine. That was a hurried response on my part.

If I understand correctly, looping through the contents of the folder will just give the name. Or it can list the properties as well through some functions?

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Esri Frequent Contributor

Only the names, unfortunately.  The arcpy.Describe function can return workspace properties for an SDE connection, but nothing currently exists for GIS connections.

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Esri Esteemed Contributor

Probably not the way to do it, ... but you could do this:

def main():
    import os
    import glob

    fldr_user = os.path.join(os.path.expanduser('~'), 'AppData\Roaming\ESRI')
    lst_desktop = glob.glob(os.path.join(fldr_user,'Desktop*'))
    fldr_desktop = sorted(lst_desktop)[len(lst_desktop)-1]
    fldr_catalog = os.path.join(fldr_desktop, "ArcCatalog")

    print fldr_user
    print fldr_desktop
    print fldr_catalog

    wildcards = ['*.sde', '*.ags', '*.wms']
    for wildcard in wildcards:
        print wildcard
        lst_conn = glob.glob(os.path.join(fldr_catalog, wildcard))
        for conn in lst_conn:
            print conn

if __name__ == '__main__':
    main()

 In my case with 10.3 installed at home it returns this:

C:\Users\Xander\AppData\Roaming\ESRI
C:\Users\Xander\AppData\Roaming\ESRI\Desktop10.3
C:\Users\Xander\AppData\Roaming\ESRI\Desktop10.3\ArcCatalog
*.sde
C:\Users\Xander\AppData\Roaming\ESRI\Desktop10.3\ArcCatalog\PROD.sde
*.ags
C:\Users\Xander\AppData\Roaming\ESRI\Desktop10.3\ArcCatalog\arcgis on epm-app25 (user) (2).ags
C:\Users\Xander\AppData\Roaming\ESRI\Desktop10.3\ArcCatalog\arcgis on epm-app25 (user).ags
C:\Users\Xander\AppData\Roaming\ESRI\Desktop10.3\ArcCatalog\arcgis on geo.molg.pna.ps_6080 (user).ags
C:\Users\Xander\AppData\Roaming\ESRI\Desktop10.3\ArcCatalog\arcgis on imagery.arcgisonline.com (user).ags
C:\Users\Xander\AppData\Roaming\ESRI\Desktop10.3\ArcCatalog\arcgis on mapas.catastrobogota.gov.co (user).ags
C:\Users\Xander\AppData\Roaming\ESRI\Desktop10.3\ArcCatalog\ArcGIS on sampleserver1.arcgisonline.com (user).ags
C:\Users\Xander\AppData\Roaming\ESRI\Desktop10.3\ArcCatalog\ArcGIS on sampleserver3.arcgisonline.com (user).ags
C:\Users\Xander\AppData\Roaming\ESRI\Desktop10.3\ArcCatalog\ArcGIS on server.arcgisonline.com (user).ags
C:\Users\Xander\AppData\Roaming\ESRI\Desktop10.3\ArcCatalog\arcgis on www.medellin.gov.co (user).ags
C:\Users\Xander\AppData\Roaming\ESRI\Desktop10.3\ArcCatalog\saint on sagisservices.thempc.org (user).ags
*.wms
C:\Users\Xander\AppData\Roaming\ESRI\Desktop10.3\ArcCatalog\Specialty_ESRI_StatesCitiesRivers_USA on sampleserver1.arcgisonline.wms

There are probably more searches (wildcards) you could include.

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MVP Esteemed Contributor

As Jonathan mentioned, they are all physically in  C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\ESRI\Desktop<version>\ArcCatalog unless you have connections in non-default folders. 

Why not just copy and paste?  Is there a reason you need it in a script? You can copy them to a shared network location and write a simple script to copy and paste to their Roaming file, or just have them share them from that location.  Just giving an alternative.

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New Contributor II

Dear all, 

I thank you kindly for the answers. 

I didnt know the links were in a folder stored. This would have made my life easier. 

Now I will test it (when I'm back on this project). 

Kind regards, 

Koen

ERCC

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