I have a feature class and using arcpy.da.SearchCursor I'm getting unique values of a field (e.g. Name). How can I use this method to get the associated row value of a different field (diff field = Name2)?

So far I use this to get unique values on only field Name:

values = [row[0] for row in arcpy.da.SearchCursor(fc, ("Name"))]
    uniqueValues = set(values)
    for value in uniqueValues:  

When searching through the feature class how do I also get the value of another field, field Name2?

  • 1
    Can you provide a little more context? What are you looking to do exactly?
    – blah238
    Feb 4, 2013 at 20:46

2 Answers 2


Dictionary comprehension:

{row[0]: row[1] for row in arcpy.da.SearchCursor(fc, ("Name", "Name2"))}

Note this will only have ONE value per unique Name column value. You can also use collections to get a list of Name2 values:

import collections
names = collections.defaultdict(list)

for name1, name2 in arcpy.da.SearchCursor(fc, ("Name", "Name2")):

The help file on SearchCursor (arcpy.da) has Code Samples at the bottom. The first SearchCursor example 1 shows how to grab a list of fields. Assign the row[0] and row[1] to variable names to use in your code.

  • @con, The list of fields .format row method did not work for, for value in uniqueValues:
    – artwork21
    Feb 5, 2013 at 15:20
  • 2
    @artwork21 Can you post the modified code as an edit to your additional question?
    – Fezter
    Feb 6, 2013 at 4:33

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