Attachments allow users to associate multiple files to a feature, store the attached files in the geodatabase, and access the files in many ways.
Attachments can be PDF files, images, text documents, videos, or many other types of files.
The following are a few examples of scenarios where attachments are used:
• Attaching picture files to geographic features that represent conditions at a specific time
• Attaching HTML documents to table records
• Attaching reports or graphs that provide additional information about features (for example, a profile graph created by a line-of-sight analysis for a waypoint or track)
Instructions provided describe how to add multiple attachments to a feature class using the Generate Attachment Match Table tool and the Add Attachments tool in ArcMap.
To attach documents to a feature class, it is necessary to create a match table, please see the Related Information section below.
The tools in the Attachments toolset require an ArcGIS for Desktop Standard or Advanced license.
Attachments must be enabled on the feature classes or tables before the documents are attached.
An edit session must be started before the attachment is added.
For the Generate Attachment Match Table tool input parameters, please refer to the following ArcGIS Web Help topic: Generate Attachment Match Table (Data Management).
For the Add Attachments tool input parameters, please refer to the following ArcGIS Web Help topic: Add Attachments (Data Management).