I'm attempting to copy a single polygon and paste it 113 times to make "parcels" for a condominium building.

  • What software do you have access to to do this? Is this something you are going to do multiple times or is this just a one off?
    – dklassen
    Nov 26, 2013 at 18:05
  • Im using arcmap with an arcview license. I will need to do this a few more times with multiple condominium buildings.
    – Greg
    Nov 26, 2013 at 18:07
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    if you start with one and create 10, then copy the 10 selected parcels is will be much quicker. Ctrl+A then Ctrl+V will achieve this in editing mode.
    – Mapperz
    Nov 26, 2013 at 18:13
  • Using pure copy and paste, as @Mapperz said, will get you there in about 7 cycles if you do Ctrl+A, Ctrl+V every time as the features double with each cycle. 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128 Nov 26, 2013 at 18:41

2 Answers 2


In ArcMap - you could do the following: Select the polygon you want to copy. Open the Python window and type in the following code:

cur,row = None, None
cur = arcpy.SearchCursor("NAME OF THE LAYER HERE")

x = 113

for row in cur:
    shp = row.getValue("SHAPE")

cur,row = None, None
cur = arcpy.InsertCursor("NAME OF THE LAYER HERE")

for i in range(0,x):
    feat = cur.newRow()
    feat.shape = shp

This will add 113 copies of the selected polygon.

  • Just as a note - this script snippet will not copy any attributes from the source polygon - only the geometry.
    – dklassen
    Nov 26, 2013 at 18:38
  • One way this can be improved is by using the data access module to read/write all of the attributes. I got it to work using the SearchCursor and InsertCursor but needed to hardcode the fields in in order for it work. Dec 15, 2019 at 2:28

You can generate a big polygon covering the condominium buildings, then use the tool-cut polygon or reshape feature, to delete the roads between buildings. Actually I also did't find a better way to deal with it, cause I remember there is a method which can generate the array of features (like polygon), but unfortunately, I did't find it...Hope this will help you in some degree.

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