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ArcGIS Catalog is used for managing the spatial data holdings and database designs, and for recording and viewing Metadata.

What is ArcCatalog?

ArcCatalog application provides a catalog window that is used to organize and manage Databases for ArcGIS Desktop. The organized and managed in ArcCatalog include:

Overview of ArcCatalog

Catalog Tree

The Catalog Tree panel on the left side in your ArcCatalog application. It’s shows you a tree view of your GIS contents.

The Catalog tree allow to connect and manage toolboxes, workspace, and their contents:

  • Folder Connections—Connections to file folders containing datasets and ArcGIS documents.
  • Toolboxes—Geoprocessing tools and scripts used in ArcGIS.
  • Database Servers—SQL Server Express instances configured to store desktop or work-group geodatabases.
  • Database Connections—Connections to databases and enterprise geodatabases.
  • GIS Servers—Connections to ArcGIS Server and OGC server sites.
  • My Hosted Services—When you connect to and sign in to a portal, you can access the web layers and web maps you own or that have been shared with you.
  • Ready-To-Use_Services—When you connect to ArcGIS Online, you can access a set of publicly available, worldwide services.

Search in ArcCatalog

ArcCatalog allows the Search window, for quickly and easily, to find tools and data. It is open by clicking the Search button Search on the Standard toolbar.

Open Catalog window in ArcMap

If the Catalog window is not visible in ArcMap, you can open it by clicking the Catalog button Catalog on the Standard Toolbar or by clicking Windows > Catalog.

When the Catalog window is retracted,ArcMap-Catalog you’ll see a Catalog menu tab on the side of the application. Pausing on this tab will Open the Catalog window.

You can close the Catalog window by clicking Delete in the upper right corner.

Catalog Window Menu
  • Back Back—Go to the previous folder.
  • Forward Forward—Go to the next folder.
  • Up One Level Up One Level—Move up one level in the tree.
  • Go To Home Folder Go To Home Folder—Navigate to the Home folder.
  • Go To Default Geodatabase Go To Default Geodatabase—Connect to the default geodatabase.
  • Choose View Used In Contents Panel Details—Change the view used in the Contents panel. Options are large icons, list, details, and thumbnails.
  • Connect To Folder Connect To Folder—Connect to a folder location.
  • Toggle Contents Panel Toggle Contents Panel—Toggle the display of the Contents panel.
  • Options Options—Open the Catalog Options dialog box.

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