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I am trying to change a field name in featureclasses (shapefiles) using AlterField_management, however I receive the following error message:

Runtime error Traceback (most recent call last): File "", line 14, in File "c:\program files (x86)\arcgis\desktop10.3\arcpy\arcpy\management.py", line 3332, in AlterField raise e ExecuteError: ERROR 000664: Invalid input: The type of dataset is not supported.

The code:

import arcpy

from os import path

arcpy.env.overwriteOutput = True  

arcpy.env.workspace = r'C:\johnny\trial' 

    for fc in arcpy.ListFeatureClasses(): 

    fieldList = arcpy.ListFields(fc)

    for field in fieldList:

        #if field.baseName != "NEAR_DIST":

        arcpy.AlterField_management(fc, 'NEAR_DIST', 'distance', "distance", "DOUBLE")
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In the Help for arcpy.AlterField_management() it says with my bolding:

This tool provides the ability to rename fields or rename field aliases for any geodatabase table or feature class.

From your code the workspace that you have set, which is a folder, rather than a geodatabase, makes me think that you are trying to use this on shapefiles instead of feature classes.

  • yes, you are right, I was trying to use it with shapefiles rather than on feature classes. In this case, any thoughts? – Tre Sep 24 '15 at 9:30
  • Renaming fields in shapefiles has been covered in earlier Q&A here. If you do not find that already answered then you should ask a new question (but research first). – PolyGeo Sep 24 '15 at 9:31
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Looks like you have an indentation problem - is the example formatted correctly?

The last few lines should be

    for fc in arcpy.ListFeatureClasses(): 

        fieldList = arcpy.ListFields(fc)

        for field in fieldList:

            #if field.baseName != "NEAR_DIST":

            arcpy.AlterField_management(fc, 'NEAR_DIST', 'distance', "distance", "DOUBLE")

If fc has gone out of scope, it will be passed into AlterField_management as None and would generate an invalid input error.

  • it was not formatted correctly. in the arcpy code block it was as you typed. – Tre Sep 24 '15 at 9:28

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