I have many dbf's created by the Spatial Analyst Sample tool. I would like to convert those dbf's into csv's or space delimited (or any text for that matter). I can't seem to find the ArcPy equivalent of "Right click table > Data > Export"

There are a few ideas I saw, which include the use of cursors: Exporting table to XYZ ASCII file via ArcPy? and Bulk convert DBF to CSV in a folder ArcGIS 10.1 using Python

Is there anything simpler and quicker? My tables have over 3 million rows each. I did see the mention of "arcpy.ExportXYv_stats", but that fails with input table is not recognized format etc.

Alternatively, where can I find their dbf specifications? Fortran should be faster.

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You should be able to use either the Copy Rows tool or the Table to Table tool to get the job done. Just make sure to give your out_table/out_name parameter ends with '.csv' and you should have no trouble.

EDIT: Due to another inexplicable Esri oversight, these tools do in fact force you to save as DBF if you're saving outside of a geodatabase. I maintain that you should be able to use those tools to achieve this, but at this point (ArcGIS 10.2.2) you can't. If it were me, I guess I would end up using an arcpy.da.SearchCursor (as in this answer), which are much faster than the old arcpy.SearchCursor.

  • Great thanks for that suggestion. However no matter what extension I use, that tool outputs a dbf. Here's what I use: infil="2010_LC_xyz.dbf" arcpy.TableToTable_conversion(infil, outpath, "test.csv") . I am now going to try and use sourceforge.net/projects/dbfpy so I just manipulate the dbf directly in Python.
    – tanksnr
    Commented Oct 28, 2014 at 8:27

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