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ArcPy and ArcGIS - Second Edition

By : Silas Toms, Dara OBeirne
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ArcPy and ArcGIS - Second Edition

By: Silas Toms, Dara OBeirne

Overview of this book

ArcGIS allows for complex analyses of geographic information. The ArcPy module is used to script these ArcGIS analyses, providing a productive way to perform geo-analyses and automate map production. The second edition of the book focuses on new Python tools, such as the ArcGIS API for Python. Using Python, this book will guide you from basic Python scripting to advanced ArcPy script tools. This book starts off with setting up your Python environment for ArcGIS automation. Then you will learn how to output maps using ArcPy in MXD and update feature class in a geodatabase using arcpy and ArcGIS Online. Next, you will be introduced to ArcREST library followed by examples on querying, updating and manipulating ArcGIS Online feature services. Further, you will be enabling your scripts in the browser and directly interacting with ArcGIS Online using Jupyter notebook. Finally, you can learn ways to use of ArcPy to control ArcGIS Enterprise and explore topics on deployments, data quality assurances, data updates, version control, and editing safeguards. By the end of the book, you will be equipped with the knowledge required to create automated analysis with administration reducing the time-consuming nature of GIS.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)
Introduction to ArcGIS Online

Introducing the ArcREST module

The ArcREST package is a Python wrapper for the ArcGIS REST API. Before ArcREST, GIS Python developers working with the ArcGIS web infrastructure had to write multiple functions and many lines of code to administer the sites and web services related to that specific infrastructure. Now, with ArcREST, this has made developing with Python and the ArcGIS REST API much easier. You can find the ArcREST Python package, which was developed by ESRI, on GitHub at

It is important to note that ESRI does not officially provide technical support for ArcREST.

Because ArcREST is not provided as a part of the typical ArcGIS installation like ArcPy, we will have to install this ourselves.

Installing ArcREST