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I assumed this would be an easy thing to do. I'm loading a point shapefile into a map like this:

layer = arcpy.mapping.Layer(file_name)

Is there a way to get the number of points in the shapefile? I see using the 'Describe' command that I can get some info about things... For instance,


Gives me some info about the fields in the underlying table but I can't count the rows.

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up vote 15 down vote accepted

Try int(arcpy.GetCount_management(layer).getOutput(0)): here's the documentation.

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