I have a table with field which contains path to database. The same thing in this field will be the extension of file. Here is how it looks like

D:\Проекты\Москва для тестов\Test.gdb\graf_fd

I need to have this

D:\Проекты\Москва для тестов\Test.gdb\

Probably I should replace everything after 'gdb\'. I know that I can type something like delete last 7 charachters, but the name of dataset can be another in other databases as well as the length of string data before 'gdb\'. So are there codes for removing or replacing the characters after certain word?

  • Even though you have a file geodatabase in your pathname, your pathname is simply a string, so the answer to this is pure Python (best researched at Stack Overflow) rather than ArcPy (best researched here at Geographic Information Systems). – PolyGeo Aug 17 '16 at 7:37
  • @PolyGeo, I believe Pavel wants to achieve this using ArcMap and field calculator even though you would need pure Python to split a string. Sounds like a GIS.SE question to me :) Please open it up so I could post an answer :) – Alex Tereshenkov Aug 17 '16 at 7:40
  • @AlexTereshenkov вы правы) – Pavel Pereverzev Aug 17 '16 at 7:42
  • @AlexTereshenkov I've re-opened it but I do think this is one that falls on the Stack Overflow side of the Python/ArcPy line. To help ArcPy users become more proficient in Python I think we should always remind them of the enormous Python resource that is Stack Overflow. – PolyGeo Aug 17 '16 at 7:42
  • @PolyGeo, I hear you, chief. Agreed. – Alex Tereshenkov Aug 17 '16 at 7:55

Provided you have two fields in the feature class, LongPath and ShortPath. Both are of Text type.

To calculate the ShortPath field, right-click the field name in the attribute table and choose Field Calculator, switch to Python parser and run:


This will construct a string path with all parts except the last one.

LongPath                                        ShortPath
D:\Проекты\Москва для тестов\Test.gdb\graf_fd   D:\Проекты\Москва для тестов\Test.gdb
D:\Проекты\Москва для тестов\Test.gdb\graf_fd   D:\Проекты\Москва для тестов\Test.gdb

More readings on Python used here:

str.split() and str.join()


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