Error: Input shapefile is invalid

Error Message

Using the Shapefile to DXF conversion utility in ArcToolbox returns the following error message:

"<path to shapefile> does not have an associated dBASE file. Input shapefile is invalid."


A folder in the path to the shapefile has a period in its name.

Solution or Workaround

There are two options to resolve this issue.

  • Remove the period from the directory name.
  • Move the shapefile to a directory without a period in the name.