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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