I am very ill at ease with Python. I am working on ArcGIS 10.3. I am working on a table in a gdb.

I want to fill an empty field of this table with an expression (words) according to the value of a second field in the same table.

In my case, if my second field contain the word "roadway", I want to fill the empty field cells councerned by this expression "route à deux chaussées". I know that accents are not good in programming but I need to fill my field with (french...).

My script is below:

import arcpy


field1 = "NATURE"
field2 = "symbology"

cursor = arcpy.UpdateCursor(fc)
for row in cursor:
    if field1 == "roadway"
        field2 == "route à deux chaussée"
  • There are a few errors in your code as posted: you give the path to the geodatabase, but not a feature class in that geodatabase; field2 == isn't the right way to assign the column, but if it were, it would be field2 =; there's no : to follow the if statement; double backslashes are best for Windows paths in Python, or use the os.path module. Nov 24, 2015 at 10:28

1 Answer 1


This should do it, using the feature class "UneFC" inside DONNEES.gdb, and using the newer arcpy.da.UpdateCursor().

# -*- coding: utf-8 -*- # Should handle the French characters.

import arcpy


fields = ("NATURE", "symbology")

with arcpy.da.UpdateCursor(fc, fields) as cursor:
    for row in cursor:
        if row[0] == "roadway": # if NATURE is "roadway"...
            row[1] = "route à deux chaussée" # Voila votre traduction ;)

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