I'm looking for a similar functionality as this tool: Import Metadata in ArcGIS Pro. I am upgrading some of our older scripts and I can't seem to find a similar tool or even one that could do something somewhat similar.

Does ArcGIS Pro have any ArcPy options for this at 2.6 (which I am currently using)?

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    What version of ArcGIS Pro are you using?
    – PolyGeo
    Sep 4, 2020 at 20:23
  • @PolyGeo 2.6, probably 2.6.1 next week or so.
    – Cody Brown
    Sep 6, 2020 at 12:54

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It is discussed in the documentation here: https://pro.arcgis.com/en/pro-app/arcpy/metadata/migrating-from-arcmap-to-arcgis-pro.htm

I just use a simple wrapper:

import arcpy
from arcpy import metadata as md

def pro_import_metadata(source_metadata:str, import_type:str, target_metadata:str, enable_automatic_updates:bool):  
    target_item_md = md.Metadata(target_metadata)

    if enable_automatic_updates:
        target_item_md.metadata_sync_option = 'ALWAYS'

Do note that the Import_Type strings has changed from Desktop.

  • This works fantastic thank you!
    – Cody Brown
    Sep 8, 2020 at 13:10
  • So for the impossibly ignorant...how does this work, and could it be adapted to take parameters and be used flexibly in a model?
    – TravisB
    Oct 14, 2021 at 18:20

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