Copy (Data Management)

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Copies input data and pastes the output to the same or another location regardless of size. The data type of the input and output data element is identical.



Copy_management (in_data, out_data, {data_type})
ParameterExplanationData Type

The data to be copied to the same or another location.

Data Element

The location and name of the output data. The file name extension of the output data must match the extension of the input data. For example, if you are copying a file geodatabase, your output data element must have .gdb as a suffix.

Data Element

The type of the data to be copied. The only time you need to provide a value is when a geodatabase contains a feature dataset and a feature class with the same name. In this case, you need to select the data type (feature dataset or feature class) of the item you want to copy.


Code Sample

Copy example 1 (Python window)

The following Python window script demonstrates how to use the Copy function in immediate mode.

import arcpy
from arcpy import env

env.workspace = "C:/data"
arcpy.Copy_management("majorrds.shp", "C:/output/majorrdsCopy.shp")
Copy example 2 (stand-alone Python script)

The following Python script demonstrates how to use the Copy function in a stand-alone script.

# Name:
# Description: Copy major roads dataset to preserve the original data

# Import system modules
import arcpy
from arcpy import env

# Set workspace
env.workspace = "C:/data"

# Set local variables
in_data =  "majorrds.shp"
out_data = "C:/output/majorrdsCopy.shp"
data_type = ""

# Execute Copy
arcpy.Copy_management(in_data, out_data, data_type)


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Licensing Information

ArcGIS for Desktop Basic: Yes
ArcGIS for Desktop Standard: Yes
ArcGIS for Desktop Advanced: Yes