I want to create for each polygon of a shapefile a separate shapefile with the Split By Attributes tool. Input is a polygon shapefile and as split field I choose the ID. This tool works fine but in the results I cant find any shapefile, only .dbf , .dbf.xml and .cpg. But why is there no .shp?

As output I tried a workspace and a geodatabase, both didn't worked.

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    If you want shapefiles, your Target Workspace will need to be a folder – BERA Apr 16 '18 at 12:19
  • @BERA I tried both: like cou can see in the Folder above there are no shapefiles. – David Apr 17 '18 at 6:25

Your problem is that you use a Shapefile as an input.

Although this is a type of feature class, the Split by Attributes tool will treat this as a table. To fix this you will need to make sure that your input is in a geodatabase, either by:

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Your target workspace appears to be a file geodatabase, which means your output will be feature classes. Open the Target GDB in Catalog/ArcMap and you will see the split attributes as single Feature Classes.

The documentation for the tool states the outputs are either feature classes or tables

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Should you really desire to output Shapefiles, you can add the Feature Class To Shapefile (Conversion) tool to your model.

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  • But when I want to open the target GDB there are only tables and not a single shapefile. – David Apr 16 '18 at 12:20
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    @David You need to use Catalog to look inside the GDB. Split by Attributes will create multiple feature classes (or shapefiles if your output workspace is a folder), that is what the tool is made to do. You should never get a single feature class or shapefile if you use it the right way – BERA Apr 16 '18 at 12:27
  • @BERA Okay I tried to look in the GDB via Arc Catalog but also there are only tables and no shapefile – David Apr 17 '18 at 6:28
  • Have you checked your input shapefile to make sure it looks correct? – Dan Apr 17 '18 at 6:50

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