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Share a web map

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  • This video was created with ArcGIS Pro 1.4.

There are many ways to share your ArcGIS Pro work. You can share packages, such as project and geoprocessing packages, to exchange content and tools directly with other ArcGIS Pro users. You can also share maps, layers, and styles to the web for workflows that integrate desktop, online, and mobile apps. You can share items publicly or with your ArcGIS organization.

In this tutorial, you'll share a web map with your ArcGIS organization and view it on the web and in a mobile app.

  • Estimated time: 30 minutes (including optional section)
  • Software requirements:

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Open the project

Mangrove is a type of ecosystem that contains valuable natural resources and diverse animal species. The mangrove is a unique environment and interesting to ecotourists, so the conservation of this land cover is important.

You'll share a map of mangrove locations and walking trails on the North Island of New Zealand.

  1. Start ArcGIS Pro and sign in if necessary.
  2. On the start page, under your recent projects, click Open another project.

    If you already have a project open, click the Project tab on the ribbon. In the list of tabs on the left, click Open.

  3. On the Open project page, click Portal and click Browse.

    The Open project page

  4. On the Open Project dialog box, under Portal Portal, click All Portal All Portal.
  5. At the top of the dialog box, in the Search box, type Share a web map tutorial and press Enter.
  6. In the list of search results, click Share a web map to select the project package.

    If there is more than one project package with this name, look at the Owner column. Select the item with the owner name ArcGISProTutorials.

    If you don't get any search results, see Access the quick-start tutorials for help.

  7. Click OK.

    The project opens with a map zoomed in on the North Island of New Zealand.

    Map of the North Island of New Zealand

    The project is stored in your <user documents>\ArcGIS\Packages folder.

  8. On the ribbon, on the Map tab, click Bookmarks Bookmarks. Go to each of the four bookmarks to see different views of the mangroves.
  9. When you're finished, go back to the Okura Scenic Preserve bookmark.

    This will be the default view for your web map.

  10. On the Quick Access Toolbar, click the Save button Save to save the project.

Prepare the map for sharing

When you share a map as a web map, the web map includes the layers from your ArcGIS Pro map, as well as settings or properties of the map, such as bookmarks.

Multiple online items are created in your portal account: a web map, a web layer, and a service definition file that allows the web layer to be updated. The web layer is a single item that includes all the feature layers from your ArcGIS Pro map. If your map contains both feature and raster layers, two web layers are created: a web feature layer from the feature layers and a web tile layer from the raster layers. Esri basemaps and reference layers in your map are not shared because they are available in ArcGIS Online. (The same basemap used in your ArcGIS Pro map will be added in ArcGIS Online.)

An alternative to sharing your map as a web map is to share it as a web layer. In this case, only a web layer and service definition file are created in your portal account. Again, the web layer is a single item containing all the feature layers from your ArcGIS Pro map. If your map contains both feature and raster layers, you choose whether to share the feature layers or the raster layers. (You can repeat the process to share both types of layers.)

You may want to share a single layer from your map. You can do this by using the Share As Web Layer command Share As Web Layer on the layer's context menu instead of the ribbon command.

In this tutorial, you'll share your map as a web map.

  1. On the ribbon, click the Share tab. In the Share As group, click Web Map New Web Map.

    The Share As Web Map pane appears.

  2. At the top of the Share As Web Map pane, click the Map tab if necessary. In the Name box, replace the default name with New_Zealand_Mangrove followed by an underscore and your name or initials.

    A map or layer shared from ArcGIS Pro must have a unique name within your ArcGIS organization. If someone else has already shared a map with the same name as yours, you'll get an error message.

  3. In the Summary box, type Mangrove accessibility from walking trails.
  4. In the Tags box, type the following keywords: trails, mangrove, New Zealand. Make sure the keywords are separated by commas. Press Enter.
  5. Under Select a Configuration, make sure Copy all data: Exploratory is selected.

    There are three configuration options:

    • Exploratory—A web feature layer is created from feature layers in your ArcGIS Pro map. Users can change properties of the web layer, such as its style (symbology), and can perform analysis on it. Features and attributes cannot be edited.
    • Editable—A web feature layer is created from feature layers in your ArcGIS Pro map. Users can change properties of the web layer, perform analysis, and edit features and attributes.
    • Visualization—A web tile layer is created from all layers in your ArcGIS Pro map (excluding basemap and reference layers). Users can view the layer but can't change its properties or analyze or edit it.
    Use the Exploratory configuration if you want users to work with the web layer as they would work with feature layers in ArcGIS Pro. Use the Editable configuration to allow web-based editing of the data. Use the Visualization configuration if the web layer provides background or geographic context for other layers. See Share a web map for more information.


    There are more configuration options if you're sharing to an ArcGIS Enterprise portal.

  6. Under Location, accept the default setting: yourname (root). Optionally, if you have folders in your portal account, choose a folder to share to.
  7. Under Share with, select the check box next to the name of your ArcGIS organization.

    Share As Web Map pane
    The name of your organization is used, not the literal text Organization Name.

  8. At the top of the Share As Web Map pane, click the Configuration tab. Click the Input Layers tab Input Layers if necessary.

    List of web items that will be created

    You see the items that will be created in your portal account: a web map New Web Map and a web feature layer Web Feature Layer with sublayers corresponding to the three feature layers in the map.

  9. Click the name of the web feature layer (New_Zealand_Mangrove_yourname_WFL1).

    The Properties button Properties is enabled. Clicking Properties allows you to change general properties of the web layer, such as its name, and to configure specialized properties, such as editing, sync, and export options. You won't change any properties in this tutorial, but see Web feature layer for more information.

  10. Click the name of the Trails sublayer.

    The Split button Split Layers is enabled. This button allows you to create separate web feature layers instead of a single web feature layer with sublayers. In this case, however, you will share the default single web feature layer.

  11. At the bottom of the Share As Web Map pane, under Finish Sharing, click Analyze.
    Warning message

    Errors and warnings appear on the Messages tab. Errors prevent sharing and must be fixed. Warnings, such as 24041: Layer does not have a feature template set, may affect the web map performance or display but do not prevent sharing.


    You can right-click a warning or error to open a help topic. In this case, you need to expand the warning and right-click one of the three warnings grouped under it. The warning appears three times because it applies to each sublayer in the web feature layer.

Share the map

Sharing the map to your portal does not use service credits. After the map is shared, minimal service credits are used to maintain it in storage.

  1. In the Share As Web Map pane, under Finish Sharing, click Share.

    Progress is displayed at the bottom of the Share As Web Map pane. The process may take some time depending on network traffic, connection stability, and other factors. Occasionally, a job may fail and need to be shared again.


    To monitor the sharing process more closely, click Jobs under Finish Sharing to open the Job Status pane.

    When the map is shared, a success message appears at the bottom of the pane.

    Successfully shared web map message
  2. On the success message, click Manage the web map to open a browser window or tab. Sign in to your ArcGIS organization.

    The map's item details page opens. (Your page may look slightly different than that shown below.)

    Web map item details page

    Before opening the web map, you'll add a description and a terms of use statement.

  3. To the right of Description, click Edit.
  4. In the Edit Description box, type or copy and paste the following text: Map of mangroves and walking trails on the North Island of New Zealand. Trail segments within 150 meters of mangrove are indicated.
  5. Under the text box, click Save.
  6. Scroll down to the Terms of Use heading. To the right of the heading, click Edit.
  7. In the Edit Terms of Use box, type or copy and paste the following text: The data in this map is made available by the New Zealand Department of Conservation and is covered by the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 New Zealand license. It may be freely redistributed. See map layer metadata for more details.
  8. Under the text box, click Save.

Explore the web map

You'll open and explore the web map. You'll also look at the items created in your portal content.

  1. At the top of the item details page, click Open in Map Viewer.

    The web map opens.

  2. At the top of the Contents pane, click Legend to see the map legend.
    New Zealand Mangrove web map

    The layers have the same names and symbols as in your ArcGIS Pro map.


    Widen the Contents pane if you don't see the text labels for the buttons at the top of the pane.

  3. In the row of tools above the web map, click Bookmarks Bookmarks. Click each bookmark name to zoom to it. Pan and zoom to explore the map.
  4. At the top of the Contents pane, click Content. Hover over a layer to see the available commands.

    Contents pane of the web map with layer options displayed
    Options include opening the layer attribute table, changing the style, and performing analysis.


    As the web map owner, changes you make to the map or to layer properties will be saved with the map. Other users in your organization can also make changes, but will need to save a copy of the map.

  5. In the upper left corner of the page, click the Home button and click Content.

    On the Content page, on the My Content tab, you see the items created when you shared the map: the web map, the web layer, and the service definition file.

    Items listed on Contents page

  6. Click the name of the New_Zealand_Mangrove_yourname_WFL1 web layer to open its item details page.

    On the item details page, under the Layers heading, you see the three sublayers of the web feature layer. On the right side of the page, you see a list of options for working with the web feature layer.

    Options for working with the web feature layer
    The available options depend on your role in the ArcGIS organization and on how the web map was configured for sharing. For example, other map users won't see the Export Data option because you didn't enable it when you shared the map.

    For more information about these options, see Manage hosted feature layers in the ArcGIS Online help.

    Close the browser tab or window displaying the web layer item details page.

  7. In ArcGIS Pro, on the Quick Access Toolbar, click the Save button Save if necessary.
  8. Close any open panes other than the Contents and Catalog panes.

View the map in a mobile app (optional)

Your web map can be opened in various applications on different devices. You can open it in ArcGIS Pro, in ArcGIS web or mobile apps, or in your own app.

This section of the tutorial is optional. Explorer for ArcGIS is a free app, but it uses space on your mobile device. The images and steps in this section describe an iPhone workflow; you'll need to make minor adjustments if you have a different operating system or mobile device.

  1. Install Explorer for ArcGIS from your device's app store.
    Explorer for ArcGIS in the iPhone app store
  2. Start the app.
  3. Sign in with your ArcGIS organization account.
  4. In the search box at the top of the screen, type the name of your web map. Select Search on the keypad.

    One or more map cards are returned as search results. The map cards show the map title, creation date, and a thumbnail image. You can use Overflow Overflow to see map details.

  5. Select the map card for your map to open it.
    Web map on an iPhone
  6. On your own, see what you can do with the map in Explorer for ArcGIS. Use bookmarks Bookmarks, make measurements Measure Distance, or mark up Markup the map.
    Web map with markup

Web maps can be used to share geographic information within an organization, raise awareness on important topics for the general public, or publish map data for use in other projects. For a more advanced tutorial on sharing a 3D scene, try Author and share a local scene. (This tutorial requires the ArcGIS 3D Analyst extension.)

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