I want to add photos in my attribute table. I have created a new field but I am not able to select "raster" in the field type. They only show "short integer", "long integer", "float", "double", "text" and "date".

  • Would you be able to edit your question to include the GIS software, version and license level that you are using, please? In this case, if you are using ArcGIS for Desktop, the latter two details will be important to know. Also, include where you are storing this data e.g. file geodatabase feature class, shapefile, etc.
    – PolyGeo
    Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 0:06
  • Arcmap v.10.2 Free trial.
    – Shari Hu
    Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 0:16
  • I store the data in my C:\student. I am using a laptop now.
    – Shari Hu
    Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 0:18
  • You can, of course, MIME encode the image and store it as a text field, but I'm guessing that's not the answer you seek?
    – user1462
    Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 1:26
  • A shapefile cannot contain an attribute field to hold raster datasets but if you are using a geodatabase it is doable.
    – Bowser
    Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 1:33

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It sounds like you want to associate a photo with a vector data set, such as a point or polygon, which could be accessed through a pop-up window. Although a photograph is indeed a raster, it sounds like you may be confusing raster data type with linking to a photograph. In ArcGIS the latter can be achieved in a couple ways:

(1) If you are using a shape or feature you could achieve this by using a hyperlink to link to your photo, either on your local drive or somewhere public on the web. ESRI has good documentation on this.

(2) If you are working in a geodatabase you could attach the photo, using the Add Attachments tool.


You can add the field "raster" to the atributte table just if you are working with geodatabase. I find this tutorial that I think is what you were looking for:



it here for you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62LlVqOo8RM You can insert an image to feature's attribute and show it in ArcMap

  • You aren't inserting an image to feature's attribute table, hyperlink isn't the same.
    – aldo_tapia
    Commented Nov 27, 2016 at 0:16

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