Problem: Creating a feature class from the XY table in ArcCatalog creates an empty feature class


No features are added when using ArcCatalog to generate a point feature class in a geodatabase from a table of x,y coordinates. Features are added if a shapefile is specified for the output feature class.


This occurs because the XY domain of the output spatial reference is outside the bounds of the data.

This is not an issue for shapefiles because they do not have an XY domain.

Solution or Workaround

When you specify the output in the Create Feature Class from XY Table dialog box, you may need to set the XY domain.

  1. Click Output Geometry Options.
  2. Click Edit in the Spatial Reference data frame.
  3. Click the X/Y Domain tab and set the appropriate X and Y domain.