I have a dbf file with X,Y coordinates. I chose to display X, Y data in ArcGIS and got a temporary shapefile. However, when I try to export the temporary shapefile, I got an empty one.

There is nothing wrong with the titles of the variables in the table. And I tried to re-save the table in the other format and re-create the shapefile. It does not work.

Did anyone have this issue before? Thanks for your help!

2 Answers 2


Perhaps going into ArcCatalog and finding your dbf, rightclicking on then create feature class > From XY Table... will give you what you need.

  • Thanks, Moggy. I just tried it in ArcCatalog. It generated an empty shapefile. I don't know why I can only create temparary shapefile which can well present.
    – 12B01
    Jul 29, 2013 at 19:12
  • Check your DBF lat and columns
    – Moggy
    Jul 29, 2013 at 20:04
  • Thanks Moggy! It is the problem of the lat and long. The coordinates don't have decimals. Though GIS can create shapefile from coordinates without decimals, it can't export the shapefile.
    – 12B01
    Jul 29, 2013 at 21:14

I solved it by adding decimal points to the geographic coordinates.

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