There is a Geodatabase with several Feature Datasets (FD), because a requirement in Location referencing tools in ArcGIS Pro 2.6 and above, Feature Classes (FC) from one FD should be moved to another FD.

I have found several answers, like:

The answers can be summarized on:

  1. Drag-n-Drop from one FD to another FD

  2. Programmatically (Python) copy, delete, rename the FC using either:

    a. CopyFeatures_management

    b. FeatureClassToGeodatabase_conversion

This two programmatically options, sounds good from the point of view of the structure and content of the FC. But the underlying process is not the same as the option 1.

I moved a FC using Drag-n-Drop from the FD Integrity_Pub to Integrity: enter image description here

Properties before moving the FC:

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Properties after moving the FC: enter image description here

When the FC is moved using the Option 2.b. (it is recommended here):

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Is there a way to move the FC, programmatically and keep the Archiving and Versioning? Like the Drag-n-Drop does it.

1 Answer 1


Unfortunately, after taking this question directly to Esri, The answer is:

No, there is no way to programmatically replicate the same behavior with drag-n-drop.


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