Zipping a shapefile using python

One of the tasks I’ve been automating is publishing a weekly data update to a website. The update consists of shapefile. The trouble with shapefiles is they consist of 3 or more files with the same basename but different extensions in the same directory.

Not an overly complicated situation but a common one that ArcGIS does not have a solution out-of-the-box. Below is a bare-bones code snippet to do it. It has both the input shapefile and output zip file hard-coded. The call to the subroutine that does the work is: zipShapefile(wellsShapeFile,wellsZipFile)

import zipfile
import sys
import os
import glob

wellsShapeFile = "C:/cwi5_bk/WELLS/wells.SHP"
wellsZipFile = "C:/cwi5_bk/WELLS/"

def zipShapefile(inShapefile, newZipFN):
    print 'Starting to Zip '+inShapefile+' to '+newZipFN

    if not (os.path.exists(inShapefile)):
        print inShapefile + ' Does Not Exist'
        return False

    if (os.path.exists(newZipFN)):
        print 'Deleting '+newZipFN

        if (os.path.exists(newZipFN)):
            print 'Unable to Delete'+newZipFN
            return False

    zipobj = zipfile.ZipFile(newZipFN,'w')

    for infile in glob.glob( inShapefile.lower().replace(".shp",".*")):
        print infile


    return True

print "done!"

2 thoughts on “Zipping a shapefile using python

  1. Pingback: Zipping a shapefile via ArcToolbox « Node Dangles

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