I want to create buffers around points in ArcMap. Using the Buffer (Analyst) tool, I indicated 100m buffers around my points of interest.

I get the error:

ERROR 000339: Input price, ads (v8) - school.csv Events does not have OIDs Failed to execute (Buffer). Failed at Wed Nov 07 16:49:00 2018 (Elapsed Time: 0.01 seconds)

The points are in a CSV file. How do I correct this error in order to generate the buffers?

  • To confirm - you have the XY events layer already? If so, right click on your Events layer, and export to a shapefile or feature class in a Geodatabase. This output can now be used for buffers.
    – SMiller
    Commented Nov 7, 2018 at 16:54
  • Thank you for our answer. I have the XY events layer. When trying to export, a message appears that says: 'There was an error exporting the layer'. Commented Nov 7, 2018 at 16:56
  • Any further details in the error message? Are you trying to put it in a Geodatabase with an accidental extension such as .shp?
    – SMiller
    Commented Nov 7, 2018 at 16:59
  • I have tried saving it in several locations. The same short message appears (no further details in the message I'm afraid). What I do know is that the csv file does not have an OID field, could this be an issue? Commented Nov 7, 2018 at 17:19
  • No, the CSV doesn't need one, it just needs a) X values (e.g. longitude), b) Y values (e.g. latitude) and c) other attribute(s) such as the name of a store. To confirm, did you create it by adding data then right clicking, add XY events, or something similar?
    – SMiller
    Commented Nov 7, 2018 at 17:21

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When adding the CSV via Add Data tool and using right click | Display XY Data or the tool Make XY Event Layer, it is normal to receive a "Table Does not have Object-ID field" message. Just make sure you remember to include the coordinate system the data was created in such as WGS84.

Example warning message in Display XY Data

After the event layer is created, Right click in the Table of Contents and Export the data.

Export Data screenprint

Export Data screenprint

Because the window here is pretty small, I find it easier to control the file name and location by clicking the little yellow folder icon on the right side.

Two of your export options are

  1. Feature Class in a Geodatabase. In this case, navigate to the geodatabase you want to store the data and provide a feature class name. Do not include a file extension.

Save dialog box for feature class in GDB

  1. Shapefile. In this case, navigate to the folder you want to store the data and provide a shapefile name. Change the type to Shapefile. The file extension automatically changes to .shp.

Save dialog box for shapefile

Once the data is exported, use the exported data as the input for your buffer process.

  • Thank you very much. I changed computers and followed your instructions and it is now working. Commented Nov 8, 2018 at 12:01
  • Great, I'm glad to hear that. If this was helpful for your issue, there's an option to set it as the accepted answer by clicking on the checkmark. (If you're still having trouble on the original computer, you can create a new question with additional details about any errors on the other machine and reference this question.)
    – SMiller
    Commented Nov 8, 2018 at 13:09

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