I'm using arcpy to create a GUI in Arcmap that can import features and apply symbology with importing a list of symbology layers, but it doesn't work and without an error message.

    for x in range (0, (len(list2))):
          print('shp', list2[x])
          print('symb', list3[x])
          arcpy.ApplySymbologyFromLayer_management(list2[x] , list3[x]) 

list2: layers to apply symbology; list3: symbology layers

This is my code:

# Set outWorkspace
outWorkspace = r'c:\Users\HAIDRA\Documents\Desktop\essai'
mxd = arcpy.mapping.MapDocument("current")
style = askdirectory ()
# set the workspace
arcpy.env.workspace = style 
symbology_layers = arcpy.ListFiles("*")
print ('le premier boucle symbology_layers', symbology_layers)
print('list3', list3)
print ('list3', list3)
dfs = arcpy.mapping.ListDataFrames(mxd)[0]
lyrs = arcpy.mapping.ListLayers(mxd, "", dfs)
print ('lyrs', lyrs)
print('list2', list2)
print ('list2', list2)
for x in range (0, (len(list2))):
    print('shp', list2[x])
    print('symb', list3[x])
    arcpy.ApplySymbologyFromLayer_management(list2[x] , list3[x]) 
# Refresh the Table of Contents to reflect the change
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    How are list2 and list3 created? – GISGe Nov 3 '16 at 11:44
  • For list2, i listed layers existing in my mxd and i insert them in a list (with list2.append(lyrs)). And for the other list, the same thing, but symbology layers are existing in a folder that i opened it – Imen Dhifi Nov 3 '16 at 11:52
  • And could you show your code for this? It's difficult to find what's wrong without seeing it – GISGe Nov 3 '16 at 11:56
  • How can i insert a code in a comment please? – Imen Dhifi Nov 3 '16 at 11:59
  • Add it to your question – GISGe Nov 3 '16 at 12:01

You don't need to create list2 and list3, instead you can use lyrs and symbology_layers, respectively.

When using append, you add one new item to a list, so your list variable will contain only one item (a list):

list2 = [[lyrs[0], lyrs[1], ... [lyrs[x]]

Appending is not necessary since the result of the list functions is already a list.

I would personnaly use arcpy.mapping.UpdateLayer() to do what you're trying to do:

for x in range (0, (len(symbology_layers))):
    arcpy.mapping.UpdateLayer(dfs, lyrs[x], arcpy.mapping.Layer(symbology_layers[x]), 1)


Another equivalent option, if you want to match layers based on their name (if corresponding layers have the same basename but a different extension) instead of their index in the list:

for x in lyrs:
    lyrname = x.name.split(".")[0]
    arcpy.mapping.UpdateLayer(dfs, x, arcpy.mapping.Layer(lyrname + ".lyr"), 1)
  • But it doesn't work too when i don't use list – Imen Dhifi Nov 3 '16 at 12:20
  • Ok, i'll try it – Imen Dhifi Nov 3 '16 at 12:31
  • It's work, but only to the first layer – Imen Dhifi Nov 3 '16 at 13:02
  • Makes sense, there was an error in my code, I've fixed it: replace symbology_layers[0] with symbology_layers[x] – GISGe Nov 3 '16 at 13:06
  • Yes,i try it, and it gives me the same result – Imen Dhifi Nov 3 '16 at 13:12

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