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Replace Data Source

 This Processing task replaces an old data source for selected layer files and map document layers with a new data source. This task can be used to change the workspace path (e.g. for maps with broken links), workspace type and/or change the dataset name.  

Navigo UI

To run this task in the Navigo UI:

  • Cick the Cart icon and select New Task from the drop-down menu

  • Select  Replace Data Source from the task menu

  • Select Create Backup - this is recommended before you replace workspace paths.
  • Enter the Old Data Source
  • Enter the New Data Source
  • Click Run Task to begin processing

Supported File Types

This task supports:

  • Layer files
  • Map document layers

Usage Notes

  • The input search results must be layer files or map documents.
  • By default, backups are created. Backups are created in the source location with a .bak extension.


  • The data source will only be updated if the new data source path is a valid.
  • A data source can be the the full catalog path to the dataset or it can be a workspace path when updating only the workspace portion of data.
  • If the dataset names are identical when switching workspaces, only the workspace paths are necessary. For example, a shapefile called Highways.shp can be redirected to a file geodatabase workspace if the dataset name in the file geodatabase is also called Highways.
  • If dataset names are different, full paths to the data source is required. For example, c:\data\highways.shp can be redirected to c:\data\usa.gdb\us_highways.

Requires ArcGIS 10.x

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