I tried to add a new field to an existing feature class using ArcObjects and Java. This is the code:

IFeatureClass FcTes=sdeConnexion.connectionSDE().openFeatureClass("name of feature class");
    IField testField=new Field();
    IFieldEdit testField2=(IFieldEdit2)testField;
    FeatureClass FC=new FeatureClass(FcTes);
    ISchemaLock schemaLock = (ISchemaLock)FC;


    }catch(Exception e){

when I executed it, this exception fired:

AutomationException: 0x80040220 - The application is not licensed to create or modify schema for this type of data in 'Esri GeoDatabase' at com.esri.arcgis.interop.NativeObjRef.nativeVtblInvokeNative(Native Method) at com.esri.arcgis.interop.NativeObjRef.a(Unknown Source) at com.esri.arcgis.interop.NativeObjRef.a(Unknown Source) at com.esri.arcgis.interop.Dispatch.vtblInvoke(Unknown Source) at com.esri.arcgis.geodatabase.IClassProxy.addField(Unknown Source) at travaux.ConnectGeoDB2.main(ConnectGeoDB2.java:58)

Can anyone see what I did wrong?

I have ArcGIS 10.2 Advanced (Server and Desktop) and in my project I'm working with arcobject.jar of ArcGIS Server.

  • 1
    Please edit the question to contain the version of ArcGIS and license level.
    – Vince
    Oct 10, 2015 at 23:21
  • I'have arcgis 10.2 advanced(server and desktop) and in my project i'm working with arcobject.jar of arcgis server
    – ahlemg
    Oct 12, 2015 at 13:12
  • Please edit the question to contain critical details. It's not fair to those who would answer your question to need to mine the comments for this information.
    – Vince
    Oct 12, 2015 at 13:31
  • As the answer below indicates, you must tell ArcObjects about you license(s).
    – Vince
    Oct 12, 2015 at 13:34

2 Answers 2


Even if your ArcGIS license supports this particular feature (let's say you have an advanced license) you still need to specify the license level in your ArcEngine code. For example:

RuntimeManager.BindLicense(ProductCode.EngineOrDesktop, LicenseLevel.GeodatabaseUpdate);

It seems like a licence issue. Please have a look at the following link: http://resources.esri.com/help/9.3/ArcGISengine/java/doc/06e45adf-ad58-4c3b-8f79-4300a1ce045d.htm

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