I have created a Data Interoperability Spatial ETL tool. I do have a Data Interoperability license.

I want to create a nightly batch process to run this tool.

As suggested, I have created a python script.

import arcpy,ConfigParser

# Read Config file
Config = ConfigParser.RawConfigParser()

class LicenseError(Exception):

    if arcpy.CheckExtension("DataInteroperability") == "Available":
        print "Checked out \"DataInteroperability\" Extension"
        raise LicenseError
except LicenseError:
    print "Data Interoperability license is unavailable"
    print arcpy.GetMessages(2)

# Import custom toolbox

The value of TOOLBOXPATH is C:\Data Interoperability Tools\TransmissionDataRefresh\TransmissionDataRefresh.tbx.

But again I am getting below mentioned error while executing the script:-

Checked out "DataInteroperability" Extension Traceback (most recent call last): File "C:\Data Interoperability Tools\TransmissionDataRefresh.py", line 24, in <module> arcpy.ImportToolbox(TOOLBOXPATH,'DataInterop') File "C:\Program Files (x86)\ArcGIS\Desktop10.4\ArcPy\arcpy\__init__.py", line 125, in ImportToolbox return import_toolbox(input_file, module_name) File "C:\Program Files (x86)\ArcGIS\Desktop10.4\ArcPy\arcpy\toolbox_code.py", line 434, in import_toolbox toolbox = gp.createObject("Toolbox", tbxfile) File "C:\Program Files (x86)\ArcGIS\Desktop10.4\ArcPy\arcpy\geoprocessing\_base.py", line 381, in createObject self._gp.CreateObject(*gp_fixargs(args, True))) IOError: The toolbox file C:\Data Interoperability Tools\TransmissionDataRefresh\TransmissionDataRefresh.tbx was not found.

Please help

1 Answer 1


You can call that tool in a python script that you run every night.

In order to run that python script every night, you need to use Windows Task Scheduler.

You can get the python code snippet by running your tool in ArcGIS, open the Result Window (accessible from ArcGIS Desktop Menu --> Geoprocessing --> Results), and then right-click --> Copy as Python Snippet.

In response to the edit:

When calling the toolbox, follow this pattern:


If your tool expects any parameters, then add them within the brackets at arcpy.YourToolname_DataInterop(param1, param2).

You can get the tool name by right clicking on it in ArcGIS Desktop and access the properties. Use the tool name, not the tool label.

Here is an example of some of my code to call a tool called AttributeChecker in a some of my toolbox:

# Import my toolbox and give an alias DataInterop
arcpy.ImportToolbox(input_toolbox_path, 'DataInterop')
# Call the tool AttributeChecker
  • In python, do not forget to import your custom toolbox first. For example: arcpy.ImportToolbox(input_toolbox_path, 'DataInterop'). Full documentation is here: pro.arcgis.com/en/pro-app/arcpy/functions/importtoolbox.htm Feb 2, 2017 at 17:24
  • When I am trying to copy it as a python snippet and pasting it in a python IDE then it only show arcpy.SpatialETLTool() Feb 3, 2017 at 10:05
  • 1
    I am getting an error while using ImportToolbox() function IOError: The toolbox file C:\Data Interoperability Tools\TransmissionDataRefresh\TransmissionDataRefresh.tbx was not found I have my arcGIS toolbox there but still it gives this error Feb 3, 2017 at 14:03
  • Are you checking out the data interop extension first: arcpy.CheckOutExtension('DataInteroperability')? Feb 3, 2017 at 16:18
  • Please check out the code. I have edited the question. Thanks Feb 3, 2017 at 16:58

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