Using this example I am trying to loop through my Arcgis Online account using ArcREST in order to download feature layers locally. However I have not been able to drill down into each folder to acquire each service name with .content in order to run the .exportItem. I can get the folder names but I can't get access to the feature layers in the folders.

import os
import arcpy as env
import arcrest
import arcpy

arcpy.env.workspace = r"C:\xxx\temp"
uname = "xxx"
pword = "xxx"

site = "http://xxx.xxx.arcgis.com"

sh = arcrest.AGOLTokenSecurityHandler(uname,pword,site)
admin = arcrest.manageorg.administration.Administration(securityHandler=sh)

content = admin.content
user = content.users.user(uname)

for folder in user.folders:
    print folder
    #This line below was added after original post
    for sub_folder in folder:
       print sub_folder

Edit: added a for loop within the original loop to attempt to access the contents of the folders. The variable sub_folder prints only the contents of the root folder

  • You are saying that you cannot get access to features in subfolders. What is the response you get from the script?
    – Stefan
    Dec 21, 2015 at 11:50
  • It only prints the items in the root folder it does not loop through the contents of the other folders...i[title] returns all folder names but user.items only returns the roots content. i.items does the same. I need to be able to get to the contents of the folders to export them.
    – risail
    Dec 21, 2015 at 12:23
  • You also need to loop the subfolders in order to get the contents. Try to create a new for-loop in the existing one. Let me know if you need any help with it.
    – Stefan
    Dec 21, 2015 at 12:28
  • access to the sub folders is my question..Your help would be appreciated
    – risail
    Dec 21, 2015 at 13:36
  • Here is a start: for folder in user.folders: for subfolder in folder: print subfolder.items
    – Stefan
    Dec 21, 2015 at 13:54

2 Answers 2


I was not able to accomplish this solely with ArcREST. I solved it by creating a list with the urls to the folder. Which gave me the ability to perform actions on the Feature Services located within folders

p = {"f": "pjson", "token": token}
token = sh.token

url = []
for folder in user.folders:
    fld_id = str(folder['id'])
    user = str(folder['username'])
    fldr = root_url + "/users/" + user + "/" + fld_id 

for each in opp_url:
    #print each
    get = requests.get(each, params=p)
    obj = get.json()
    for fs in obj['items']:
        if fs['type'] == 'Feature Service':
            titelid = fs['title']
            exportedItemId = fs['id']
            print exportedItemId
            #Continue doing some operation on Feature Services once ids are obtained 

I finally figured this out...

admin = arcrest.manageorg.administration.Administration(securityHandler=sh)
content = admin.content
user = content.users.user(uname)

# Iterate through all content in each folder
for folder in user.folders:
    fName = folder['title']
    user.currentFolder = fName
    print ('--------------------------------------------')
    print ("In Folder: {}".format(fName))
    for item in user.items:
        print " - {}".format(item.title)

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