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About sharing your locator to your portal

Sharing a locator to your portal is the way that you make geocoding available to the web using ArcGIS. Once a locator is created, it can be shared on your active ArcGIS portal. Internet or intranet users can then use the geocode service in web apps, ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Online, and other client applications.

Publish your locator

Locators and composite locators can be shared using ArcGIS Pro. A locator is a GIS resource. If you have set up an instance of ArcGIS Server that is federated on your Portal, you can share your locator there and use it through a client application.

Learn more about working with ArcGIS Server

Prior to sharing your locator, there are a few options for managing locator data in the server. See the following topics to learn more about managing locator data:


Sharing a locator that contains a place-name alias table is not supported. Remove the place-name alias table on the Address Locator Properties dialog box prior to sharing the locator.


Sharing a locator requires that you be logged in to Portal for ArcGIS 10.5 or later with at least one federated server and that you have Publisher or Administrator privileges.

Access the published locator

Once a locator is shared, it can be accessed from the Portal tab of the Catalog pane. You can then add the locator to the project by right-clicking it and choosing Add to project. The locator can then be used from the Locate pane and in the geocoding geoprocessing tools.

The shared locator can also be consumed in a web app. See Using the geocode services to learn more about which web apps you can use to consume the locators that you share using ArcGIS Desktop.