I created a Python Script tool to create a GDB inside of a user defined folder path. I am trying to find a way to add another parameter in my script tool for a user to input a shapefile after they created their GDB. The shapefile would be converted into a feature class and stored inside the user created GDB. I have been having trouble making a connection between the shapefile the user enters and then storing it inside the geodatabase.


#Importing Modules/Creating Function

import arcpy
import os 

#Function to create GDB

def gdbbuilder(gdbnames):
arcpy.AddMessage("...Starting Function")
  if arcpy.Exsists(currentdir):
currentdir =  arcpy.GetParameterAsText(0)
projectname = currentdir.split("\\")[-1]
for gdbname in gdbnames.split(";"):
    newgdbname= "{}_{}".format(projectname,gdbname)
    arcpy.management.CreateFileGDB(currentdir, newgdbname, "Current")

#Creating Second & Third User parameter

gdbnames = arcpy.GetParameterAsText(1)
inputlyr = arcpy.GetParameterAsText(2)

My thought process was that the user could create the gdb first then use the inputlyr(shpfile) and the currentdir(gdb) as parameters for the copy feature function to create a featureclass in that gdb. However, I recieve Creating GDB in folder. Traceback (most recent call last): File "C:\Arcpy\GDBcreator.py", line 31, in <module> arcpy.CopyFeatures_management(inputlyr,currentdir) NameError: name 'currentdir' is not defined as the output error.

  • 2
    I don't think this will cause that error but the code that you've presented has incorrect indentation after your def statement.
    – PolyGeo
    Aug 18, 2021 at 23:34
  • 1
    You are deleting the existing folder with arcpy.Delete_management(currentdir) but not re-creating it anywhere. Be very careful when using Delete. I have added an answer below. Aug 19, 2021 at 8:03

1 Answer 1


I have commented the code below. This will create multiple geodatabases and add the shapefile input to each of them.

import arcpy

currentdir = arcpy.GetParameterAsText(0)
gdbnames = arcpy.GetParameterAsText(1)
inputlyr = arcpy.GetParameterAsText(2)

def gdbbuilder(currentdir, gdbnames, inputlyr):
    arcpy.AddMessage("...Starting Function")

    ## folder name for the project
    projectname = currentdir.split("\\")[-1]
    folder_path = currentdir.rsplit("\\", 1)[0]

    ## if the directory already exists, delete it
    if arcpy.Exists(currentdir):

    ## create the folder
    arcpy.CreateFolder_management(folder_path, projectname)

    ## list of gdb names
    gdb_lst = gdbnames.replace("'", "").split(";")

    ## shapefile name without the shp to name the feature class
    ## make sure the feature class is a valid name
    fc_name = inputlyr.split("\\")[-1].replace(".shp", "").replace(" ", "_")

    ## for each gdb in the input gdb list
    for gdbname in gdb_lst:
        ## the name of the gdb to create
        newgdbname = "{0}_{1}".format(projectname,gdbname)
        ## the new gdb path
        gdb_path = "{0}\\{1}.gdb".format(currentdir, newgdbname)

        arcpy.AddMessage("Creating GDB: {0}".format(gdb_path))
        arcpy.CreateFileGDB_management(currentdir, newgdbname)
        arcpy.AddMessage("Converting Shapefile to Feature Class")
        arcpy.FeatureClassToFeatureClass_conversion(inputlyr, gdb_path, fc_name)

gdbbuilder(currentdir, gdbnames, inputlyr)
  • Thank you for your help @clubdebambos
    – Ryan Mags
    Aug 19, 2021 at 20:51

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