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I've been looking at the ArcGIS resources for python but I can't seem to figure this one out.
I'm looking for a method to gain access to the number of fields that are within a shapefile / feature class. Is this information available via Python?

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Use arcpy.Describe.

fieldcount = len(arcpy.Describe(featureClass).fields)
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Thanks a ton Jason! – user24645 Dec 5 '13 at 21:22

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