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Exporting WKT string from CSV to Shapefile

Question asked by terrafirma_theo on Jun 7, 2018
Latest reply on Jun 8, 2018 by Dan_Patterson


I have a CSV storing addresses, reference numbers, etc... and also a WKT string of boundary coordinates for each property:


The script (ammended from another user's post in 2012) sccessfully converts the CSV to a shapefile, with the spatial refeence set to EPSG- 27700:


# convert well known text to geometry, and compile shapes into a single feature class...
# 11/15/2012
import arcpy

File = "C:\\Users\\Team\\Documents\\Theo Laptop Folder\\Tasks\\Quick tasks\\WKTtest\\WKT_to_QGISmakealayerCSV2.csv"

# dimension the WKT string field and poly ID field...
# the field holding the WKT string...
field1 = "WKT"
# the field holding the unique ID...
field2 = "Our_ref"

# set up the empty list...
featureList = []

# set the spatial reference to a known EPSG code...
sr = arcpy.SpatialReference(27700)
# iterate on table row...
cursor = arcpy.SearchCursor(File)
row =
while row:
    print (row.getValue(field2))
    WKT = row.getValue(field1)
    # this is the part that converts the WKT string to geometry using the defined spatial reference...
    temp = arcpy.FromWKT(WKT, sr)
    # append the current geometry to the list...

    row =
# copy all geometries in the list to a feature class...
arcpy.CopyFeatures_management(featureList, "C:\\Users\\Team\\Documents\\Theo Laptop Folder\\Tasks\\Quick tasks\\WKTtest\\WKTShapes.shp")  

# clean up...
del row, temp, WKT, File, field1, featureList, cursor


This is in python 2.7 language fyi. (I'd love this in 3.6 if possible...)


Now when I drag the newly created shapefile into Arc it all looks great, but the fields from the CSV aren't carried across...


How can I ammend the code to include all the original string fields from the CSV?


thank you