I have an ArcGIS Pro Python script (please note it's version 3+ and to be precise shows as 3.66) and when I run the following command, I get an error.

arcpy.CreatePersonalGDB_management(out_folder_path, out_name)

The error is module 'arcpy' has no attribute 'CreatePersonalGDB_management'

The script runs fine when ran under Python 2.7 environment but that's not we need.

Basically, my goal is to copy all Features etc from a File Geodatbase into a Personal Geodatabase and that works by simply copying/pasting inside ArcCatalog. So I am pretty sure my issue is because of the limitation is ArcGIS Pro (and it's version of Python) support for Personal Geodatabase.

So how I do resolve this error? The users will likely not have Python 2.7 in their systems--only will have ArcGIS Pro. I am thinking of including path to a blank Personal Geodatabase .mdb file and simply use something like:

arcpy.Copy_management(target_gdb, target_mdb)

But throws an error that file maybe locked--which doesn't make sense because ArcCatalog is not open.

Any ideas?

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You receive the error module 'arcpy' has no attribute 'CreatePersonalGDB_management' because this tool does not exist in ArcGIS Pro.

ArcGIS Pro has no support for pGDB (personal geodatabases). Neither read, nor write.

You need to start with a supported datatype before moving to Pro. Shapefiles, fGDB, etc. So before moving to Pro, use ArcMap, ArcCatalog, or another software that supports pGDB to copy to a supported type.

Lots of discussion, grumbling and thoughts on the idea to support pgdb in Pro.

  • Thank you. A dead-end was ahead, thanks to ESRI, and you helped me save some time not pursuing this further. Apr 18, 2019 at 20:14

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