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Exporting to Shapefile Slow in Python

Question asked by jgarrido on Apr 13, 2017
Latest reply on Apr 13, 2017 by Dan_Patterson


I need to update a 3rd-Party vendor with updated centerlines, address points, and parcel shapefiles form our SDE.  I can do it though ArcMap and ArcCatalog  by right-clicking on the feature in the TOC and exporting to shapefile. It takes about 2 minutes to manually run the entire export process for all three.  When I try to do the same through Python, the address points and centerlines takes about a minute to process and the parcels takes over 12 hours.


My parcels are for the entire county and there are only about 67K records.  The shapefile DBF is 191Mb when I run it manually.   I have tried both FeatureClassToShapefile_conversion as well as CopyFeatures_management.  Both take a ridiculous amount of time to process parcels into a shapefile.