Is there a way to check if a feature class full path string is a path to a feature class within a file geodatabase feature dataset in arcpy?

For example:


I'd like to return testdataset.

I can't find it in any of the applicable Describe objects. I can do it with string manipulation...

fullpath = r"C:\test\test.gdb\testdataset\featureclass"
pathlen = len(fullpath.split (".gdb")[0]) + 4
namelen = len(fullpath.split ("\\")[-1])
dataset = fullpath[pathlen:-namelen].replace ("\\", "")

This seems like too much code though.

Is there a better way?


2 Answers 2


Maybe this:

>>> #testfc is a fc within a fd, as shown with this catalogPath statement:
>>> desc = arcpy.Describe('testfc')
>>> desc.catalogPath
>>> #this shows how to essentially use the Describe method twice to get the fd name:
>>> desc = arcpy.Describe(fc)
>>> if hasattr(desc, 'path'):
...     descPth = arcpy.Describe(desc.path)
...     if hasattr(descPth, 'dataType'):
...         if descPth.dataType == 'FeatureDataset': 
...             print 'the feature dataset name: {0}'.format(descPth.name)
    the feature dataset name: dataset1

Use Describe on the feature class parent directory.

if arcpy.Describe(os.path.dirname(path_to_featureclass)).dataType == 'FeatureDataset': 
    do something...
    do something else...

If you don't have the path already, you can get it with the catalogPath property:


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