A script I made creates domains within a selected geodatabase.
I need it to not create the domains if they already exist because if they do, it gives an error saying invalid domain name.
What's the best way to check if a domain exists?
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arcpy.Exists doesn't handle domains. The ESRI help indicates what it does handle.
So you'll need to get a list of existing domains, and then check your potential new name against the list. What version of ArcGIS are you using? 10.1 introduces a new
If you're on ArcGIS 10.0, then you don't have this
ListDomains. In that case I think you should go with the answer to How to check if domain already exists?, which describes how to use the workspace
Describe function to check for existence.
If you're on ArcGIS 10.1, then you can try out the new
ListDomains function (data access module) to get a list of existing domain names for a geodatabase, and then compare your potential new name to the list of existing names.
Something like this:
myNewDomains = ['new one', 'new two'] existingDomains = arcpy.da.ListDomains("C:/xyz/xyz.gdb") for myNewDomain in myNewDomains: # check if myNewDomain already exists found = False for domain in existingDomains: if domain.name == myNewDomain: found = True break # if myNewDomain doesn't already exist, then create it if found = False: # # drop in your domain-creation code # else: print "Domain already exists:", myNewDomain