When you upload a feature class to ArcGIS Online (AGOL), you have the option to publish those feature classes. Now let's assume you have enabled editing on that data set. The question is how do you pull down the data so you can have an updated version in office? Well luckily for us, you have ArcREST to automate this task! ArcREST can be found here (www.github.com/Esri/ArcREST) if you do not have it.
This example will show how to automate the download of a hosted feature class as a shapefile to a centralized storage location.
The workflow is as follows:
- Connect to the AGOL site
- Export the item to a shapefile
- Download the item to disk
- Erase the exported item
import arcrest import uuid import os import time # Inputs # itemID = "THE ITEM ID TO EXPORT" username = "SOME USERNAME" pw = "MY PASSWORD" url = "http://www.arcgis.com/sharing" filePath = r"c:\temp" # Logic # # Create security handler shAGOL = arcrest.AGOLTokenSecurityHandler(username, pw) # Connect to AGOL org = arcrest.manageagol.Administration(url=url, securityHandler=shAGOL) # Grab the user's content (items) content = org.content usercontent = content.usercontent(username=username) # Create a export item with a random name using UUID # and export it to a zipfile # result = usercontent.exportItem(title="%s" % uuid.uuid4().get_hex(), itemId=itemID, exportFormat=exportDataAs, exportParameters=None) exportedItemId = result['exportItemId'] jobId = result['jobId'] exportItem = content.item(itemId=exportedItemId) # Ensure the item is finished exporting before downloading # status = usercontent.status(itemId=exportedItemId, jobId=jobId, jobType="export") while status['status'].lower() == "processing": time.sleep(3) status = usercontent.status(itemId=exportedItemId, jobId=jobId, jobType="export") filePath = exportItem.itemData(f="json", savePath=filePath) # Erase the exported item to clean up # AGOL # usercontent.deleteItems(items=exportItem.id) del exportItem print 'finishe!'
So what we have is a quick little script that downloads a file to the temp folder. The key thing to look at is the while part of the code. When perform actions like publish, generateFeatures, export, and createService, they are performed asynchronously on the system. This means that you need to check if they are finished before performing further actions on the items. The status method returns a dictionary of values, and you need to ensure that the value is not equal to 'processing', or any further actions like itemData() will return invalid information or data. In the case of the itemData() you will download an empty zip file.
Enjoy and happy coding.