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 Oct 29 '14 at 0:06
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  • I store the data in my C:\student. I am using a laptop now. – Shari Hu Oct 29 '14 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? – barrycarter Oct 29 '14 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 Oct 29 '14 at 1:33

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.

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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:


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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

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

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