In my organization, my group edits several Geodatabases and I am trying to find a way to keep track of them when GDBs are edited.

Is there an Esri function or possible an Excel script that would keep track of lock files?

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    Is this for SDE or just file/personal geodatabases?
    – crmackey
    Sep 29, 2015 at 19:57
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    Editor Tracking allows you to track when each individual feature in each feature class is edited in your GDB. This may be more granular than your specific needs.
    – John
    Sep 30, 2015 at 0:18

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If you are using File Geodatabase, the only option to track feature editions is Editor Tracking (@John Comment). It added 4 fields to each table namely: Creator,CreatedDate, Editor, EditedAt

If you are using Enterprise geodatabase then you can take advantage of versioning. You can create a version for each user and manage their editions, deletions, insertions (Version change viewer). In this way you have a fine grained control over any edits to your Geodatabase.

last not the least, geodatabase locks are temporary. once a user start editing a File Geodatabase, locks get created and when they are finished they get deleted.

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