List Feature Classes in Database

08-22-2017 12:11 PM
New Contributor II

I'm trying to create a list of features classes inside of our LGIM database for handouts to staff.  I can successfully print out a list of all of the feature classes using the code below, but I want to only list feature classes that have content in them.  Does anyone have a script they could share? Or has anyone done this before?  If it helps, the data I'm trying to access is in SDE.


import arcpy

import os

arcpy.env.workspace = "c:/base/gdb.gdb"

datasets = arcpy.ListDatasets(feature_type='feature')

datasets = [''] + datasets if datasets is not None else []

for ds in datasets:

    for fc in arcpy.ListFeatureClasses(feature_dataset=ds😞

        path = os.path.join(arcpy.env.workspace, ds, fc)


1 Reply
Occasional Contributor III

Heya Justin,

Check out the code example for the Data Access Walk function:

Walk—Help | ArcGIS for Desktop 

It will let you quickly list all your feature classes without needing separate code to peek in each feature dataset. Once you've got a nice list of all feature classes, you can identify which ones are populated with at least one feature using Get Count—Data Management toolbox | ArcGIS Desktop. Note with Get Count that you need to access the result as an integer in your script. So use something like:

for fc in fcs:
    if int(arcpy.GetCount_management(fc).getOutput(0)) > 0:

Happy listing!