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I want to use arcpy/python to print out a list of all the field name aliases for a specified shapefile. So far I have been able to hack a script I found to list all the field name aliases associated with every layer file on my map, but I wish for it to reference one specific shapefile. Here's what I have so far:

Code:

import arcpy
mxd = arcpy.mapping.MapDocument("CURRENT")
for lyr in arcpy.mapping.ListLayers(mxd):
    desc = arcpy.Describe(lyr)
    print lyr.name
    fields =  desc.fields
    for field in fields:
        print field.aliasName

The above returns a list of all field alias names for ALL of the layers in the map. I want to return just a list for ONE shapefile.

How would I go about referencing just one shapefile/layer in a map document?

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Instead of iterating over the whole list returned by ListLayers, pass in the wildcard parameter using your layer name and just process the first item, e.g.

import arcpy
mxd = arcpy.mapping.MapDocument("CURRENT")
lyr = arcpy.mapping.ListLayers(mxd, "layer_name")[0]
desc = arcpy.Describe(lyr)
print lyr.name
fields =  desc.fields
for field in fields:
    print field.aliasName
  • excellent. I was looking at the wildcard parameter but wasn't quite sure as to how to use it properly. many thanks! – myClone Dec 16 '12 at 3:09
  • Just tried it. It executes perfectly, but it returns a list of the field names--not the alias name of the field. Interesting... – myClone Dec 16 '12 at 3:14
  • Are you sure they have aliases? – blah238 Dec 16 '12 at 3:20
  • Yes. The reason I know this is because if I run the code as I had originally, it generates all the field name aliases for that layer (the one I want) plus all the other layers that I don't want. I just want to print out the alias names for the specific layer. – myClone Dec 16 '12 at 3:26
  • Well there is no functional difference between the code you posted and the code I posted except which layer(s) are being processed, so I would check to see that you haven't overlooked something (are there two similarly named layers, for example?). – blah238 Dec 16 '12 at 3:42

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