The X Coordinates and Y Coordinates exist in the csv. However, I still get this error. Can anyone help?

ExecuteError: Failed to execute. Parameters are not valid. ERROR 000728: Field X Coordinates does not exist within table ERROR 000728: Field Y Coordinates does not exist within table Failed to execute (MakeXYEventLayer)

# Description: Creates an XY layer and exports it to a layer file

# import system modules 
import arcpy
import csv

arcpy.env.workspace = "C:/GEO345/Lab4/Lab4/"
# Set the local variables
in_Table = "C:\\GEO345\\Lab4\\Lab4\\Crimes_-_2010.csv"
out_Layer = "crime_2010_layer"
saved_Layer = r"c:\GEO345\Lab4\Lab4\crime_2010.lyr"

# Set the spatial reference
sr = arcpy.SpatialReference(4326)

# Make the XY event layer...
arcpy.MakeXYEventLayer_management(in_Table, 'X Coordinates', 'Y Coordinates', out_Layer, 

# Save to a layer file
arcpy.SaveToLayerFile_management(out_Layer, saved_Layer)
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    probably a problem with the space in the field name, which could be confused with a field separator Try renaming your fields as Xcoordinates Ycoordinates
    – radouxju
    Commented Feb 23, 2021 at 10:24
  • Thanks a lot. That is what it was. Commented Feb 23, 2021 at 10:30
  • @radouxju I think you should write up a brief answer to this question.
    – PolyGeo
    Commented Feb 23, 2021 at 23:46

1 Answer 1


The field names contain spaces, which are non standard characters. Those special characters often cause problems, so you should either completely remove the space between X/Y and Coordinates, or replace it with "_" e.g. XCoordinates or X _Coordinates

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