I want to define the values of first row in a sorted table with search cursor. My code is working without sorting, but I don't know how can I integrate into sorting. I would like to see only the values of first row ("src_ORIG_FID","nbr_ORIG_FID"), with the smallest area and longer length. I want to sort rows first by "src_Shape_Area" Ascending, then by LENGTH Descending. After sorting, if the "if statement" is done, the first good row is needed.

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with arcpy.da.SearchCursor(tablaL,["src_ORIG_FID","nbr_ORIG_FID","src_Shape_Area","LENGTH","SUM"],"","","src_Shape_Area A;LENGTH D") as nCursor:
    for row in nCursor:
        if row [4]<50000.00 and row[3]> 0: #if it is TRUE
            for row in nCursor:
                orig1 = row[0] #only first row value is needed
                orig2 = row[1]
  • The documented syntax looks different from what you are providing (sql_clause is a two-element list). It also includes the text Note: DISTINCT, ORDER BY, and ALL are only supported when working with databases.
    – Vince
    Commented Jun 21, 2021 at 11:56
  • How many rows are there in your table?
    – Bera
    Commented Jun 21, 2021 at 12:18
  • More than 100 rows, and proximately 50% is out of "if statement".
    – GisT
    Commented Jun 21, 2021 at 12:20
  • Yes, it is in file geodatabase. I want to sorting, but the "if statement" is not come true go further the second row,etc... Vince what is your recomendation to solve this?
    – GisT
    Commented Jun 21, 2021 at 12:28

1 Answer 1


If you only have ~100 rows you can list all values, and then sort using python:

import arcpy

fc = r'C:\GIS\ArcMap_default_folder\Default.gdb\my_sample'

fields = ['OBJECTID', 'KKOD', 'Shape_Length', 'Shape_Area']

data = [row for row in arcpy.da.SearchCursor(fc, fields) if row[2]>0 and row[3]<50000] #List all rows meeting the if conditions

data.sort(key=lambda x: (x[2], -x[3])) #Sort by field index 2 and 3 (-3 for descending sort)
orig1, orig2 = data[0][:2] #Fetch first and second value of the first row in the sorted list of tuples

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