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I always use arcpy.GetParameterAsText to get the spatial reference from the user. There should be a way to decide what is the spatial reference of a shapefile but I can't find it. Something like Describe....

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SR = arcpy.Describe(inFC).spatialReference

where inFC is an input shapefile or feature class. It returns a SpatialReference object.

  • Jason...The superfluous code was designed to be informative for the OP who doesn't appear to have much experience with the Describe object...I would wish that you returned it – user681 Aug 29 '13 at 22:55
  • I think the edit was appropriate. I am not sure what the other code demonstrates, but it does not seem to be relevant to the question at hand. – blah238 Aug 29 '13 at 23:07
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    Thirty years teaching down the drain :) it is amazing what someone can get out of a code snippet – user681 Aug 29 '13 at 23:24
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if you want to spell out the name of the Spatial reference for feature class fc, use:

# Get spatial reference of the feature class
spatialRef = arcpy.Describe(fc).SpatialReference

# print the spatial reference
print spatialRef.Name

Printing only the spatialRef (without .Name at the end) prints only

print spatialRef
<geoprocessing spatial reference object object at 0x06623080>

while

print spatialRef.Name

returns the name of CS:

GCS_WGS_1984

(based on GIS Programming and Automation class: https://www.e-education.psu.edu/geog485/node/115 )

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