Error: There were no valid features found in the selected file

Error Message

The following error can occur during the registration of ArcIMS, ArcSDE, ArcGIS Server, or ArcGIS Engine:

"There were no valid features found in the selected file."


The selected file is either not a valid Authorization File format, which are ECP or TXT, or it does not contain the correct feature information for the product being registered.

Solution or Workaround

There are several approaches to fix this issue:

  • Rename the file with either an ECP or TXT file extension.
  • Open the file in a text editor to verify the feature information matches the product being registered.
  • Contact ESRI Customer Service at http://service.esri.com to obtain a new Authorization File.