I have a feature service with several coded value domains that I'm accessing as a spatially enabled dataframe using the python API.

As far as I can tell, the dataframe only holds the code for each field. I'd like to update those to the description from the domain. Is there a way to access the domain of the feature service through the API?


I am not aware of a functionality in the ArcGIS API for Python to accomplish this. However, you can do a workaround and get the values by querying the domains of the feature service using the ArcGIS REST API.

Using Python you would simply make the following request:

import requests

url = 'https:// <featureservice-url>/queryDomains'
params = {'f': 'json', 'layers': [1]}

r = requests.get(url, params)
data = r.json()

If the request was made correctly, data should be a dictionary similar to this one (adapted from the documentation linked above):

 "domains": [
   "type": "codedValue",
   "name": "CDOM_3",
   "fieldType": "esriFieldTypeInteger",
   "codedValues": [
     "name": "code 100 description",
     "code": "code 100"
     "name": "code 200 description",
     "code": "code 200"
     "name": "code 300 description",
     "code": "code 300"
   "mergePolicy": "esriMPTDefaultValue",
   "splitPolicy": "esriSPTDefaultValue"

It should then be rather straight forward to replace the coded values with their respective descriptions in the DataFrame. However, if it is not the case and you have trouble, leave a comment and I'll gladly update my answer.

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    For whatever reason the /queryDomains request returns a 400 error. Is it possible for a feature service to not have it enabled? However, your answer led me to just grabbing the JSON for the layer, which also has the domains listed for each field. Thanks! – Cameron Dean Jun 25 '19 at 17:14

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