I have 100 different input vector layers and one clip feature vector layer.

I have to clip them 100 times but its a large amount of work.

Is there any Python script (ArcPy) in ArcGIS for Desktop to accelerate my work and avoid the one by one clipping?


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You can use a simple block of code either directly from Python window in ArcGIS or as a Python script or as a custom script tool.

Below is a sample code for a script tool. Just add your vector layers into a map document (.mxd) and specify the clip layer and the output geodatabase.

import os, arcpy
arcpy.env.overwriteOutput = True

clip_layer = arcpy.GetParameterAsText(0)
out_gdb = arcpy.GetParameterAsText(1)

mxd_obj = arcpy.mapping.MapDocument("CURRENT")

for lyr in arcpy.mapping.ListLayers(mxd_obj):
    out_layer = os.path.join(out_gdb,lyr.name)

In you case (only one tool), you can simply right click on the clip tool in your toolbox, and launch it as a "batch". See the ArcGIS help for more details


You can place all the feature classes within a single dataset then use model builder to clip all at once and output to a new dataset: enter image description here enter image description here

  • The images are nice for instant recognition, "yes, I'm in the right place". The parameters would benefit from being reiterated in the answer body as text; they're almost too small to read. Commented Jan 29, 2015 at 23:05

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