I am creating a list of tuples of coordinates of a feature class.

Feature class is created as such:

inFC = arcpy.GetParameterAsText(0)

The inFC is a point feature class.

I then have the following code to get the coordinates of all points in the feature class:

field = ['SHAPE@XY']
coordsList = []
with arcpy.da.SearchCursor(fc, fields) as cursor:
    for row in cursor:

I was expecting an output of a list of tuples as below;

[(250000, 230000), (234567, 2859340)...]

However instead I am getting a list of tuples of a tuple and a commma, as below:

[((251075.0, 237048.0),), ((250687.0, 236717.0),),...]

What is the error in my code or my approach?

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    What is the length of "row"? Have you tried coordsList.append(row[0])?
    – Vince
    Jan 14, 2016 at 17:18

1 Answer 1


This is expected behavior. Each row is returned as a tuple of field values, as stated in the help docs. When you use the SHAPE@XY, it returns a tuple of the coordinates. If you only have one field and want to make a list of your xy tuples, As Vince mentioned you'll have to get by index:

with arcpy.da.SearchCursor(fc, ['SHAPE@XY']) as rows:
    coordList = [r[0] for r in rows]

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