Errors occurred during the buffering operation

Last Published: April 25, 2020

Error Message

When using ArcMap's Buffer Wizard to buffer selected features based on an attribute field, the following error message may be returned:"Errors occurred during the buffering operation".After dismissing the 'Buffering failed' message box, the Buffer Wizard exits.


Using the ArcMap Buffer Wizard when the attribute field used for buffering is in a joined table.

Solution or Workaround

  1. Select the features to buffer.
  2. Create a selection layer from the selected features.
    To create a selection layer

    A. In the ArcMap Table of Contents, right-click a layer with some features selected.
    B. Click Selection > Create Layer From Selected Features.

    A selection layer is added to ArcMap.

    [O-Image] How to create a selection layer
  3. Open the Buffer Wizard and buffer using the selection layer.

Article ID:000004421

  • ArcMap 8 x
  • ArcMap 9 x

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