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The save () method for Arcpy.mapping.MapDocument does not properly save the map document as compared to saving the map document from ArcMap (File > Save).

Last Published: August 19, 2020 ArcGIS for Desktop
Bug ID Number BUG-000090523
SubmittedSeptember 3, 2015
Last ModifiedNovember 24, 2020
Applies toArcGIS for Desktop
Version found10.3.1
Operating SystemWindows
Operating System Version7
StatusWill Not Be Addressed

Additional Information

We apologize that we were unable to address this issue within the current product support cycle.  If the issue continues to affect your work in a supported release, please contact Technical Support.


Rather than saving the document with “.save()” use the Save A Copy method and save a version 10.0 copy of the document; saveACopy(in_MXD, "10.0").

Steps to Reproduce

Bug ID: BUG-000090523


  • ArcGIS for Desktop

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