How do you output the number of records in a table in ModelBuilder? I can open the table and see how many records are there but I want to tabulate the number of records available from a number of tables.

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You can use the Get Count tool from the Data Management toolbox, which

Returns the total number of rows for a feature class, table, or layer

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  • yes - but where is that information going? how do i point that into a table? I saw that model in the help.
    – val
    Feb 3, 2016 at 23:23
  • I think you might mean a Model Builder parameter? Feb 3, 2016 at 23:25
  • Thank you. Get Count outputs a row count - how does that get appended into a table. I have an iterator at the front end of my model which I use to calculate intersections from multiple feature classes against one common feature class. For each intersection I'm trying to state the number of records that intersected (one column) and the source table name (second column).
    – val
    Sep 26, 2018 at 3:38

You could use the Summary Statistics tool. The input table would be that which you want to count the records of. The statistics could be any field, but let's say ObjectID/OID. The statistic type would be COUNT. The output table could be whatever you like, possibly even stored in_memory.

Once the tool is run, the output table will have one record, and the value stored in the FREQUENCY field will the the number of records in the Input Table.

Have a look at the tool help for some more info, script examples etc.

  • thanks - when i previously tried this tool, i selected one my fields and got an error (red x) stating that "the value is not a member of SUM | MEAN | MIN | MAX..." Error 000800 The keyword used is not a member of the list of acceptable keywords. I don't know enough here to understand what the issue is.
    – val
    Feb 3, 2016 at 23:22
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    That's a bit of an idiosyncrasy with the validation of the tool. The red 'X' shows up until you add the statistic type to the table on the right of the field name. See this image for a pointer.
    – Adam
    Feb 4, 2016 at 1:59
  • WOW i feel dumb and grateful - that was it. ty.
    – val
    Feb 4, 2016 at 2:28
  • Don't feel dumb! It's whoever wrote the validation for that tool that should feel dumb!
    – Adam
    Feb 4, 2016 at 22:47

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