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I have a layer which is a map of a town, and a shapefile which shows the boundaries within that town.

I wish to cut the layer up along each of the internal boundaries so that I end up with many layers, each containing the map of one small area as defined by shapefile. I know that I can use the clip tool to cut the map to the shape of the whole shape file, but I don't know how you use the boundaries contained within the shapefile to cut the map.

I am using ArcGIS Desktop 10 SP5 with the ArcView License

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There is a Split Tool (resources.arcgis.com/en/help/main/10.1/index.html#//…) But unfortunately it is available for only ArcInfo. –  Devdatta Tengshe Mar 8 '13 at 11:00
    
Try to use hawth tools . see (spatialecology.com/htools/splitfc.php) . i don't know you can use this tool for ArcGIS (Arcview) . –  wetland Mar 8 '13 at 11:13
    
The Identity tool was also useful –  falcs May 8 '13 at 20:48

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Since you mentioned that you have updated to an ArcInfo license, I would recommend looking into a script tool called Split Layer By Attributes from ESRI's Geoprocessing Model and Script Tool Gallery. The general workflow for this tool is as follows:

  1. Use Union or Intersect to assign attributes from your boundaries shapefile to your town shapefile.
  2. Run Split Layer By Attributes to export individual shapefiles based on an attribute field.
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you can use split tool instead of clip tool. see Split (Analysis)

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This is not available for ArcView; Only on ArcInfo License. –  Devdatta Tengshe Mar 8 '13 at 11:01
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This didn't answer the questions directly (as I said I only had ArcView) lucky I have and ArcInfo Licence lying around and I upgraded –  falcs Mar 8 '13 at 11:41
    
If you didn't have an ArcInfo license you could use the Split tool in QGIS to equal effect, although you may also need to do an intersect/union first as in Aaron's answer. –  Baltok Mar 8 '13 at 14:21

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