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How to Handle MultiValue Parameters in Python Toolbox Tool

03-06-2024 11:36 AM
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I am working on a tool for our Planning team. What this tool needs to do is take input parcel account numbers and a buffer distance before it selects the input parcels, creates a buffer, selects all parcels in the buffer, and then runs a bunch of calculations. Normally, a single parcel is used as the input, but on rare occasions multiple parcels are used as the input. 

I've set up a model in ArcGIS Pro and exported to python to help me get started. Here's what I've got so far:

import arcpy
from sys import argv

temp = r"\\\\Workspace\Location"
arcpy.env.scratchWorkspace = temp
arcpy.env.workspace = temp
arcpy.env.overwriteOutput = True
arcpy.overwriteOutput = True

class Toolbox:
    def __init__(self):
        """Define the toolbox (the name of the toolbox is the name of the
        .pyt file)."""
        self.label = "Toolbox"
        self.alias = "toolbox"

        # List of tool classes associated with this toolbox = [Tool]

class Tool:
    def __init__(self):
        """Define the tool (tool name is the name of the class)."""
        self.label = "Zoning Maps Tool"
        self.description = ""

    def getParameterInfo(self):
        """Define the tool parameters."""
        params = [
                            multiValue= True),
            arcpy.Parameter(displayName="Buffer (Feet)",
        return params

    def isLicensed(self):
        """Set whether the tool is licensed to execute."""
        return True

 Below is a picture of the input before I run the tool. 

Zoning Maps Tool.png

Is this the correct way to handle multiple input parcels? How should I set up the select tool to handle multiple parcels?

    def execute(self, parameters, messages):
        """The source code of the tool."""
        account_numbers = parameters[0].valueAsText
        buffer = parameters[1].valueAsText



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MVP Notable Contributor

Seems alright to me. Remember a multi-value comes back as semi-colon separated, so first thing I tend to do split it into a list. You can add the following line to your execute function to get an idea of what is returned.

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