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I have a file geodatabase with ~20 layers and I would like an XML file for the metadata for each layer that I can send with my data. I tried the "Export XML Workspace Document" tool but it only gives me one large file instead of individual files.

Is there a way to export individual XML layers of the metadata from a geodatabase?

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Try the export metadata tool http://desktop.arcgis.com/en/arcmap/latest/tools/conversion-toolbox/export-metadata.htm

You will need to export every layer separately.

  • I don't have the tool in front of me but I assume like most tools I could run it as a batch process. I have 4 geodatabases that are almost identical besides the location (each is a different US State) so I could see batch being useful to automate the exporting of metadata for all ~80 layers. – user3281667 Jan 17 '18 at 17:59
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    That should work. You could also write a python script using arcpy. First fetch all the layers, then use them as input for the tool one by one – Thomas Jan 17 '18 at 18:02

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