Get Data from ArcPad

This tool allows you to check in the edits made in ArcPad back into the geodatabase from which the data was checked out. You can also import ArcPad graphics files into ArcMap’s graphics layer.


ArcPad check in (and check out) differs to geodatabase replication. There is no conflict resolution performed at the time of ArcPad check in. If conflict resolution is important to your workflow, ensure geodatabase versions are planned and implemented before ArcPad check out is performed. For more information on versioning, refer to the ArcGIS Desktop help topics regarding working with versioned data, in particular Version scenarios.

You can check in edits from one or more ArcPad AXF files at a time, and from one or more feature classes at a time, allowing for a flexible field to office workflow. Summaries of all added, modified, and deleted features are presented for each feature class and its related tables.

All edits on related table records are checked in when their parent feature classes are checked in. All edits that occurred in ArcPad, including adding features and related table records; deleting features and records; modifying attribute values; and changing feature geometry can be checked back in to the geodatabase. Edits are replayed to the geodatabase in the same order as they occurred in ArcPad.

If during check out, you configured a path for photos to be copied to during check in, the check process will automatically copy photos to that location. For more information about this, see Incorporating photos in your workflow.

Get data from ArcPad

Add ArcPad AXF fileAdd ArcPad AXF file

Click to open the Select ArcPad File(s) dialog box for selecting an ArcPad AXF file to check in.

Remove ArcPad AXF file Remove ArcPad AXF file

Click to remove the selected ArcPad AXF file from the Get Data From ArcPad tool.

Checkout Name

Displays the name of the ArcPad AXF file.

Checkout Timestamp

Displays the date and time that the ArcPad AXF was created.

AXF File

Displays the folder location of the ArcPad AXF file.

Feature Class / Table

Check to select the feature class (and any associated related tables) to be checked in. Selecting the feature class automatically selects the associated related tables.


Displays the number of new features and records that were added to the feature class and related tables in ArcPad.


Displays the number of features and records that were modified in ArcPad. These modifications include both geometry and attribute changes.


Displays the number of features and records that were deleted from the feature class in ArcPad.

Select All

Selects all of the feature classes.

Clear All

Clears all the check boxes for check in.

Import Graphics

Click to import ArcPad graphics files into ArcMap. The contents of the selected ArcPad graphics file will be imported into the active annotation target.


ArcPad graphic elements that include text with the marker, line, or fill symbol, will be modified when imported into ArcMap. The symbol and its label will be separated into two graphics: a symbol graphic (marker, line, or fill) and a text symbol.

Check in

Click to perform the check in on the selected feature classes and related tables.

When you click on the Check in button, and the features are processed, a results summary dialog box will display.

Check in results

The Check in results dialog box displays the results of check in, including details about each AXF file processed. Following the list of ArcPad AXF files processed is an XML document that lists all the ArcPad edits that were replayed against the source geodatabase. The XML document consists of a parent <CHECKIN> element, followed by a <CHANGE> element for each edit. the <CHANGE> element has the following attributes.

The tablename attribute identifies the source geodatabase table.

The oid attribute identifies the source OID.

The status attribute identifies the type of edit. The value denotes the type of edit that has occurred.

The action attribute identifies the result of the edit. The value denotes the nature of the action.