I have a shapefile, that has lots of individual rows. My goal is simple, to export each row as a raster. I am trying to use SearchCursor, to select each row and perform a feature to raster conversion. However I am not getting the desired output, so I'm wondering where is a mistake (the tool runs, but creates a nonsense big and all the same rasters)

I didn't find any relevant info on how to combine Cursor with geoprocessing tools.

My code so far...

... all the variables, enviroments setting...

with arcpy.da.SearchCursor(input_file, ["FID"]) as tab:
    for count, row in enumerate(tab):
        arcpy.FeatureToRaster_conversion(input_file, input_field, output_location + str(count) + ".tif", cell_size)

I guess this is not the right way to combine cursors with geoprocessing tools. How can I do this?

  • Cursors do not tamper with the selection environment, so if you want to iterate the features as features, you need to use a Layer and SelectLayerByAttribute
    – Vince
    Jun 9, 2021 at 17:58
  • Use oid token in cursor, select by current row oid, feature to raster. Or use modelbuilder with iterator
    – BERA
    Jun 9, 2021 at 18:10

1 Answer 1


Try something like this...

with arcpy.da.SearchCursor(input_file, ["FID"]) as tab:
    for row in tab:
        arcpy.MakeFeatureLayer_management(input_file, "MyLayer", "\"FID\" = {0}".format(row[0]))
        arcpy.FeatureToRaster_conversion("MyLayer", input_field, output_location + str(count) + ".tif", cell_size)

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