Getting a spatial reference from a script tool parameter

Discussion created by GSCUser85 Champion on Mar 10, 2015
Latest reply on Mar 12, 2015 by GSCUser85

Been stuck on this for a while this afternoon.

I have been writing a script tool which loads some data from a table in a db.

I needed to then set the spatial reference of the coordinates.


So, in my script I had :

SR = arcpy.GetParameterAsText(1)

And in the tool properties, this is set to a Coordinate System data type. So you get the nice pull down list of the available coordinate systems.

However, this returns a text representation of the prj, not a spatial reference object.

Then I tried to do this :

SR = arcpy.SpatialReference(arcpy.GetParameterAsText(1))

But you get an error because SR objects can only be created using :

1. Get them from a describe object

2. The WKID of the SR

3. A path to a projection file.

You cannot use a text string.


The answer turned out to be :

SRtxt = arcpy.GetParameterAsText(1)

SR = arcpy.SpatialReference()  # an empty spatial reference object




Now on with the rest of it....