Is it possible to enable time aware on a layer programmatically? I can add a time-enabled layer to a non-time aware data frame as shown here:


However, how can I get the layer to be time enabled in the first place (programmatically)?

I see that it is possible in arcobjects but I would rather not get into that.

  • I am having the same issues and was wondering if anyone knows if this is at all possible in Arc 10.1.
    – user16612
    Mar 28 '13 at 16:29
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  • Any updates on that problem? How can you enable time on a layer with Python? It's so simple in ArcMap, only a checkbox to check.
    – user41537
    Dec 4 '14 at 20:19

Time-aware layers are not in Python in 10.0, so at that version you'll need to use ArcObjects.

However, from What's new for automating map workflows in ArcGIS 10.1:

ArcGIS 10.1 provides access to a layer's time properties to perform analysis over time. You can also enable time on layers.


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