I am looking for a way to split a feature class into multiple feature classes based on the number of records, probably using python. E.g first 100, next 100, etc. I have so far only seen options to split by attributes.

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    Add a new field, calculate it to !Objectid! / 100. Use this new field in Split By Attribute.
    – klewis
    Jun 9, 2017 at 20:07
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    @ketar Have you tried that solution? Please don't say it doesn't work without trying it. Works perfectly for me.
    – Midavalo
    Jun 9, 2017 at 20:25
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    Please edit your question to include the code you used to split by attributes. Calculating !OBJECTID! / 100 should give you 100 records with the same ObjectID value, so when splitting by attributes the calculated value should put 100 records into each output feature class.
    – Midavalo
    Jun 9, 2017 at 20:39
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    @Bjorn There are ways around that if that is an issue. Calculating a new sequential field for example.
    – Midavalo
    Jun 9, 2017 at 20:42
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    The USGS offers a SplitByAttribute tool for ArcGIS 10.3. umesc.usgs.gov/management/dss/split_by_attribute_tool.html
    – klewis
    Jun 9, 2017 at 20:54

2 Answers 2


The following code will split the features into groups of 100 (or the value set in outputNum) then copy them to individual feature classes.

import arcpy

outputNum = 100
outputFCName = "OutputFC"

def listSplit(myList, n):
    for i in xrange(0, len(myList), n):
        yield myList[i:i + n]

arcpy.env.workspace = r"c:\gis\se\gisse.gdb"
lyr = arcpy.mapping.Layer("RandomPoints")
arcpy.SelectLayerByAttribute_management(lyr, "CLEAR_SELECTION")
fList = list()

with arcpy.da.SearchCursor(lyr, "OID@") as cursor:
    for row in cursor:

listGroup = listSplit(fList, outputNum)

for x in listGroup:
    lyr.setSelectionSet("NEW", x)
    arcpy.CopyFeatures_management(lyr, arcpy.CreateUniqueName(outputFCName))

As @klewis mentioned you could use the Split By Attribute feature:

Esri provides the following sample code that you could use as mentioned:

# Name: SplitByAttributes.py  
# Description: Use the SplitByAttributes tool to split a feature class by 
# unique values.

# Import required modules
import arcpy

#Set local variables  
in_feature_class = 'c:/data/base.gdb/ecology'  
target_workspace = 'c:/data/output.gdb'  
fields = ['REGION', 'ECO_CODE']  

arcpy.SplitByAttributes_analysis(in_feature_class, target_workspace, fields)
  • That would give me a feature class for each record. I want each feature class to have 100 features. E.g feature class 1 has 100 features, feature class 2 has the next 100, etc.
    – ketar
    Jun 9, 2017 at 20:14

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