This is my python script code in ArcGIS 10.3;

projectResult = arcpy.Project_management(fc, outFolder + "\\" + fc, template)
#Name of shapefiles re-projected       

Which gives me this in the geoprocessing dialog result box;


Can I remove the filepath to give me just the filename?;


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    Please note that the question you have asked here is pure Python and should probably be researched/asked at Stack Overflow rather than Geographic Information Systems. The distinction between the Python programming language and ArcPy (a Python site-package developed by Esri) will become more apparent as you work with them. – PolyGeo Apr 13 '15 at 6:21

It looks like you already have the shapefile names being held in your fc variable so I suggest that the simplest thing will be to just use that.

  • arcpy.AddMessage(fc) only gives me 1 shapefile name in the list. – Mark W Apr 13 '15 at 23:48
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    I'm assuming that your list arose by iterating/looping something - possibly a Python list created using arcpy.ListFeatureClasses - so just place it within the same loop. – PolyGeo Apr 14 '15 at 0:32
  • PolyGeo, Great Job. I had the arcpy.AddMessage(fc) in the loop area, but entered down a line for space and comment and maybe it broke out of the loop. – Mark W Apr 14 '15 at 1:17
  • How do I leave a line space between arcpy.AddMessage(arcpy.GetMessages()) and arcpy.AddMessage(fc) in the dialog result box or is this a new question? – Mark W Apr 14 '15 at 1:24
  • The code in your question (and my answer) does not include arcpy.AddMessage(arcpy.GetMessages()) so I think you should be researching/asking a new question. Strictly speaking that would be a Python question for Stack Overflow but they will not know about ArcPy. Search there (or Google) on something like "python new line". – PolyGeo Apr 14 '15 at 1:53

You can use the name property of the Describe object:


>>> abc.shp

Or you could aslo use the baseName property, to print the name without the .shp extension:


>>> abc

In fact there are two (may be more) ways to do this-

  1. Using arcpy completely
  2. using arcpy and builtin library

These are illustrated below

Suppose I have three folder input, output and template

Method One

import arcpy
arcpy.env.workspace = r"C:\Users\Winrock\Desktop\gstack\Project\input"
fcs = arcpy.ListFeatureClasses()
outputFolder = r"C:\Users\Winrock\Desktop\gstack\Project\ouput"
template = r'C:\Users\Winrock\Desktop\gstack\Project\template\Template.shp'
for i in fcs:
    arcpy.AddMessage("Projecting "+ i)

Method Two

If you want built-in library..

import arcpy,os
arcpy.env.overwriteOutput = True
inputFolder = r"C:\Users\Winrock\Desktop\gstack\Project\input"
outputFolder = r"C:\Users\Winrock\Desktop\gstack\Project\ouput"
template = r'C:\Users\Winrock\Desktop\gstack\Project\template\Template.shp'
fcs = []
for root,dirs,files in os.walk(inputFolder):
    for fc in files:
        if fc.endswith(".shp"):

for i in fcs:
    print i
    name =i.split("\\")[-1] 
    print name
    arcpy.AddMessage("Projecting "+ name) //you can add newline here e.g arcpy.AddMessage("Projecting "+ '\n'+name+'\n')

N.B. You can adapt this script to tool

  • While correct, you could give a bit more explanation. – John Powell Apr 13 '15 at 6:46
  • Take my apology, i did not get you. – SIslam Apr 13 '15 at 6:48
  • Slslam,For some reason it only gives my the name of the last shapefile. – Mark W Apr 14 '15 at 0:42

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