I have a script that starts by creating a FileGDB by calling arcpy.CreateFileGDB_management.

It runs without error on my own laptop, but raises an error when my colleagues try to run it outside of ArcGIS Pro.

This is the code I'm trying to run:

import arcpy
 arcpy.env.workspace = "C:\\LOCAL\\Project"
 home = "C:\\LOCAL\\Project"
 GDB = "test.gdb"
 arcpy.CreateFileGDB_management(home, GDB)

But it gives the following error:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
  File "C:\Program Files\ArcGIS\Pro\Resources\ArcPy\arcpy\management.py", line 20234, in CreateFileGDB
    raise e
  File "C:\Program Files\ArcGIS\Pro\Resources\ArcPy\arcpy\management.py", line 20231, in CreateFileGDB
    retval = convertArcObjectToPythonObject(gp.CreateFileGDB_management(*gp_fixargs((out_folder_path, out_name, out_version), True)))
  File "C:\Program Files\ArcGIS\Pro\Resources\ArcPy\arcpy\geoprocessing\_base.py", line 498, in <lambda>
    return lambda *args: val(*gp_fixargs(args, True))
RuntimeError: Object: Error in executing tool

When run from the Python window inside ArcGIS Pro there's no issue, it only happens when it's run from outside.

I've tried to run it in 2 different ways:

  • In PyCharm by setting the interpreter to C:\Program Files\ArcGIS\Pro\bin\Python\envs\arcgispro-py3\python.exe
  • Inserting the code one-by-one directly in C:\Program Files\ArcGIS\Pro\bin\Python\envs\arcgispro-py3\python.exe

I've tested this on 2 different devices, both giving the same error.

The complete script works on my own laptop but I can't seem to get it to work on other devices. It feels like I'm overlooking a setting somewhere.

  • Just thinking out aloud. Have they installed ArcPro not in the default install location?
    – Hornbydd
    Feb 11, 2019 at 14:24
  • They did install it in the default install location. I also compared their installation folders to mine (as mine is working) and I can't seem to find a difference. I thought maybe it has something to do with them having a previous installation of Python but I can't seem to find anything about that either.
    – Paul
    Feb 12, 2019 at 9:08

1 Answer 1


Since it's on another machine, perhaps it is possible that they don't have a C://LOCAL//Project folder.

Try adding this after you define the string value for home:

    import os
    if not os.path.exists(home):

If that doesn't work, try putting r in front of the string quotes:

home = r'C:\\LOCAL\\Project'

Also, if you've already run it from ArcGIS Pro, it could be failing because the GDB already exists. If so, try calling this at the top of the script to allow overwriting:

arcpy.env.overwriteOutput = True
  • of course, you'll import os at the top of the script with the arcpy import Feb 12, 2019 at 16:13
  • I tried this but none of it helped. It just seems so weird to me that I can't do the most basic Arcpy functions outside of ArcPro.
    – Paul
    Feb 15, 2019 at 8:18

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