Rename (Data Management)


Changes the name of a dataset. This includes a wide variety of data types, among them feature dataset, raster, table, and shapefile.



Rename_management (in_data, out_data, {data_type})
ParameterExplanationData Type

The input data to be renamed.

Data Element

The name for the output data.

Data Element

The type of the data to be renamed. The only time you need to provide a value is when a geodatabase contains a feature dataset and a feature class with the same name. In this case, you need to select the data type (feature dataset or feature class) of the item you want to rename.


Code Sample

Rename example 1 (Python window)

The following Python window script demonstrates how to use the Rename function in immediate mode.

import arcpy
from arcpy import env

env.workspace = "C:/data"
arcpy.Rename_management("customers.dbf", "customers_2010.dbf")
Rename example 2 (stand-alone Python script)

The following Python script demonstrates how to use the Rename function in a stand-alone script.

# Name:
# Description: Rename fileGDB feature class

# Import system modules
import arcpy
from arcpy import env

# Set workspace
env.workspace = "C:/workspace/test.gdb"

# Set local variables
in_data =  "test"
out_data = "testFC"
data_type = "FeatureClass"

# Execute Rename
arcpy.Rename_management(in_data, out_data, data_type)


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