Error: Failed to rename selected object(s)

Error Message

When attempting to rename a data set in ArcCatalog, this error occurs:

Failed to rename selected object(s).


This error may occur under one of the following situations:

  • The data may have read-only permissions
  • The data is open in ArcMap

Solution or Workaround

Follow the instructions for the specific operating system in use to check and change file or folder permissions.

The Rename menu option is always enabled as permissions are only checked when actually executing the command. This was designed to improve the overall performance of ArcCatalog.