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I have a several file geodatabase with seven features in it (polygon). I want to copy them to a new feature in a other empty file geodatabase (instead of deleting the fields...had same problems with that tool)

What I want: I just need 20 out of 60 fields and in the new feature in a new order. I tried to set up this in Modelbuilder, but there a several problems which I don't get. I will use the iterator for features thats clear. No problem. Then feature to feature tool. Up to this point is clear to me. I create a variable with my necessary field names in the order I want them. clear to me. But what is not clear:

  1. How to say take this list every time for each feature for the field map?
  2. How to reorder them? like variable-list has it?

Is it possible with model builder or do I need a script for that?

I have around three million polygons in each feature...

New edit:

Okay. I see my english expression was not the best. I am german ;-) I will simple it a bit easier.

One Filegeodatabase contents: 7 features(polygons) and around 3 million attributes and 60 fields. And I have 4 of this filegeodatabases... Each field in each feature is same by name. It is a result of many intersection steps. But for the end product, I just need 20 of this fields in my desired order. Yes, I agree to you, I can use the tool, but so I have to click 40 times of each to have my new feature but i cannot move the order in the "fieldmap"-window.

The other option what I could do is, to copy the feature first into the new filegeodatabase and delete the unwanted fields, but at the end it is same clicking time which i not have, so it must be working automated or? In the delete field tool, it brings check boxes, I can select all or unselect all and search through the fields where are my wanted and so i could get it. I can do it for one. And i can not recall the tool from the resultslist, because then he reads the list of the feature again, and i can start choosing again... is this cleared explained? On searching the net, i didnt find any useful solution. The example-code of delete-tool in the arcgis-help resource i could not get to run...

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Would you be able to edit your Question to indicate the version of ArcGIS for Desktop that you are using, please? – PolyGeo Jun 12 '14 at 12:54
Oh, yes I forget it. I use ArcGIS Desktop 10.1 SP1 with all Extensions(at University). – user32330 Jun 12 '14 at 13:01
Couldn't you just select the fields you want and then export them? – GISKid Jun 12 '14 at 13:30
Clarify. Several with seven features in it. Seven in each or seven total. You want to copy features to a new features? I ham having a hard time understanding what you want to achieve. It seems to me GISKid has a point. – If you do not know- just GIS Jun 12 '14 at 13:40
@GISKid, since each fc probably has a different database schema using an iterator there is not an easy way to select certain field(s) using ModelBuilder. – artwork21 Jun 12 '14 at 13:40

I've had little success in re-ordering fields in model builder, not sure if one can even do that? I had written a bit of python that could create a new table that would create an output table with the fields in a user specified order, the code is below, you could adapt it for your needs.

In this example a table with 4 fields is reordered and stored IN_MEMORY.

inputTable = "ABC" # This is a table loaded into ArcMap
outputTable = "XYZ"

# Get field mappings of Input Table
fieldMappings = arcpy.FieldMappings()

# Create an empty FieldMappings Object
newFieldMappings = arcpy.FieldMappings()

# Add fields in desired order. Note field index must be known

# Create Table
arcpy.TableToTable_conversion(inputTable, "IN_MEMORY", outputTable, None, newFieldMappings)
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