Error: 000732: Dataset does not exist or is not supported

Error Message

Using a geodatabase feature class or table as input to a geoprocessing operation returns the following error:

"000732: <value>: Dataset <value> does not exist or is not supported."

Also, attempting to drag and drop the dataset onto a tool parameter does nothing - the parameter is not updated.

This occurs even though the data clearly does exist on disk.


Most often this is due to the input data path being entered incorrectly, as in the following situations:

• Misspelled folder names
• Using backslashes instead of forward slashes
• Having spaces in the path names

If the data clearly does exist, then the problem may be one of two known limits. See the Solution section for details.

Solution or Workaround

Ensure the use of the full path as the data source, correct it as required and run the tool again.

Using the relative path results in an error.

If the data does exist, one of the following may be occurring:
  • If the input is a geodatabase feature class or table, an invalid subtype may exist on the dataset. To fix it, go to the feature class properties, then click the Subtypes tab and re-enter the default subtype code. If the default is zero (0), then click the cell with 0 and re-enter that same value. Apply the change by clicking the OK button. The dataset should now be usable.
  • If the tool is being run on UNIX or Linux and the input is a text file that is being used as input to a tool with an input table parameter, such as CopyRows or MakeXYEventLayer, this is a known limit. On the Windows operating system the text file is represented as a table using a module,which is not available on UNIX or Linux.
  • Change the data frame coordinate system to match the data being exported.
  • If applicable, turn off live database connections at the layer level, and not just the subgroup.
  • Turn off background processing. In ArcCatalog: Geoprocessing > Geoprocessing option > Clear Enable under Background Processing.

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