Extract Data Task (Server)


Extracts the selected layers in the specified area of interest to the selected formats and spatial reference, then returns all the data in a zip file.


This tool is intended primarily for use as a part of a geoprocessing service. When using this tool as a part of a geoprocessing service, copy the tool into a custom toolbox, edit the model, and reconfigure it as necessary.



ExtractDataTask_Server (Layers_to_Clip, Area_of_Interest, Feature_Format, Raster_Format, Output_Zip_File)
ParameterExplanationData Type

The Layers to be clipped. Layers should be either feature or raster layers.


The area by which the layers will be clipped.

Feature Set

The format in which the output features will be delivered. The string provided in the Feature Format parameter should be formatted as follows:

  • Name or format - Short Name - extension (if any).

The hyphen between the components is required, as well as the spaces around the hyphen.

For Example:

  • File Geodatabase - GDB - .gdb
  • Shapefile - SHP - .shp
  • Autodesk AutoCAD - DXF_R2007 - .dxf
  • Autodesk AutoCAD - DWG_R2007 - .dwg
  • Bentley Microstation Design (V8) - DGN_V8 - .dgn

Internally, this tool uses the Export to CAD tool to convert data to the .dgn, .dwg, and .dxf CAD formats. The list of short names supported includes DGN_V8, DWG_R14, DWG_R2000, DWG_R2004, DWG_R2005, DWG_R2006, DWG_R2007, DWG_R2010, DXF_R14, DXF_R2000, DXF_R2004, DXF_R2005, DXF_R2006, DXF_R2007, and DXF_R2010.

Exporting to non-default formats is supported using Quick Export Tool and that requires the Data Interoperability extension be installed. The Data Interoperability extension is not installed by default with ArcGIS Desktop or ArcGIS Server. If you have the Data Interoperability extension installed, here are the instructions to add another format to the default listadd, remove or modify default list


The format in which the output raster datasets will be delivered. Predetermined values are set in Value List.

The string provided in the Raster Format parameter should be formatted as follows:

  • Name of format - Short Name - extension (if any)

Any of the following strings will work:

  • File Geodatabase - GDB - .gdb
  • ERDAS IMAGINE - IMG - .img
  • Tagged Image File Format - TIFF - .tif
  • Portable Network Graphics - PNG - .png
  • Graphic Interchange Format - GIF - .gif
  • Joint Photographics Experts Group - JPEG - .jpg
  • Joint Photographics Experts Group - JPEG - .jp2
  • Bitmap - BMP - .bmp

Some of the above raster formats have limitations and not all data can be converted to the format. For a list of formats and their limitations, please read Technical Specifications for Raster Datasets


The Output Zip File that will contain the extracted data.



This tool does not use any geoprocessing environments

Related Topics

Licensing Information

ArcView: Yes
ArcEditor: Yes
ArcInfo: Yes