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Checking if field is unique value field

Question asked by johnmdye on Oct 16, 2017
Latest reply on Oct 17, 2017 by Dan_Patterson

I have a parameter in a python toolbox which allows a user to select a field from a dataset given in a previous parameter.

# Feature Class to absorb geometry from
param2 = arcpy.Parameter(
    displayName="Geometry Feature Class",

# Table ID field
param3 = arcpy.Parameter(
    displayName="Table Geometry ID Field",
param3.filter.type = "ValueList"
param3.filter.list = []


The updateParameters section contains logic to update Parameter 3 with the field names for all of the fields in the dataset provided in parameter 2 which have a datatype of string:

def updateParameters(self, parameters):
    """Modify the values and properties of parameters before internal
       validation is performed.  This method is called whenever a parameter
       has been changed."""

    # if 'in_geoFC' is populated with a value
    if parameters[2].value:
        # if 'in_geoFC' does not have an error set
        if not parameters[2].hasError():
            #  Create a list of all of the fields in the 'in_geoFC'
            # which have a datatype of 'String'
            fc_geoIDFields = [ for field in arcpy.Describe(
                              if field.type == 'String']
            # Enable the parameter
            parameters[3].enabled = True
            # Populate the parameter with the list of text fields in the
            # table
            parameters[3].filter.list = fc_geoIDFields

This all works just fine...


There's one more thing I need to do though. Whichever field the user selects for parameter 3, I need to ensure that the values contained in this field are unique - every record must have a unique value.


I know of a pretty easy and elegant way to get the number of unique values in that field:

len(set(r[0] for r in arpy.da.SearchCursor(parameters[1].valueAsText
                                           , parameters[2].valueAsText)))


What I don't know is the quickest and most elegant way to get the total number of features in that dataset so that I can compare it to the number of unique values in that field and thus, determine if all of the values in that field are unique.

Keep in mind that this would be occurring in the updateMessages function, so it needs to be a fairly quick process.


Any thoughts on how to get a record count super fast?