How i can link an ArcGIS table with Excel sheet, so the table updated automatically when i update the excel sheet?

Also, can i have sub-table in ArcGIS?

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    I don't think that you can (I'm really curious on how if I'm wrong!) have a dynamic link to an excel sheet. However, if you use Access databases (.mdb) for storing your feature classes, you can also edit their attribute tables i Access. Editing outside of Arcmap is risky, though. – Martin Jan 11 '16 at 11:39
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    Please ask only one question per Question (you'll need to define "sub-table" as well). – Vince Jan 11 '16 at 11:46
  • Have you tried doing exactly what you've asked? ArcGIS is capable of reading Excel spreadsheets as tables, and you can link them to other tables/featureclasses if you have appropriate keys.. – Evil Genius Jan 11 '16 at 11:59

You will not be able to edit a worksheet via ArcMap, they are read only. You can find out all about Excel worksheets and their limitations on the page Understanding how to use Microsoft Excel files in ArcGIS.

You need to export your data out of Excel: into a dBase, personal or file geodatabase table. I personally prefer using personal geodatabases as you can ODBC into these from other applications.

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    i'm talking about editing excel via Arcgis, i will update the excel outside arcgis, and i want the arcgis table to be updated automatically. – user3503064 Jan 11 '16 at 14:02

For the first question, this link might be promising: http://www.esri.com/news/arcuser/0104/files/excel.pdf

This blog claims that it is possible in 3 steps: "First, create an Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) data source in Windows, then reformat the data in Excel, and finally connect to the Excel file in ArcCatalog." This would create a live link, and each time you updated the data in excel, those changes would be reflected in Arc.

Personally, I would prefer to keep the two things separate and just join the data as necessary...


Answering the 2nd question here (although I would recommend putting it in a stand-alone question) "Also, can i have sub-table in ArcGIS?"

It sounds like you are interested in creating a relationship class, where in you would have 1 main table, then 1 or many secondary tables. For example, one table with names of property owners (Bill, John, Allison). And another table showing the contact info for those owners using the names as a primary key (Bill- 123 Main St, John- 321 Walker Ave....)

If this is what you are looking for, check out this link: http://blogs.esri.com/esri/esritrainingmatters/2009/02/26/relates-vs-relationship-classes/

Your data will need to be in a file geodatabase, and I would recommend setting the whole thing up in ArcCatalog.

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