The ArcGIS Online World Geocoding Service allows you to find addresses or places in the world, geocode a table of addresses, or reverse geocode a location without the need to purchase the reference dataset for creating the locators. The service references rich and high-quality point and street address data, places, and gazetteers that cover much of the world. The World Geocoding Service is widely available—all you need to access it is an Internet connection and the proper credentials. The service is intended to simplify the workflows of developers and GIS professionals.
The World Geocoding Service offers quick access for finding addresses or places interactively. Once you sign in to ArcGIS.com, the service is added to your project and is available on the Locate pane and for use with What's here?, along with any other geocoding services available through your organizational account. Geocoding performed on the Locate pane or using What's here? does not consume ArcGIS Online credits.
For geocoding tasks that save the geocoding results in a feature class or file on disk, the service operates under a credit-based usage model that allows you to pay only for what you use. If you don't already have a subscription, you can purchase one or request a free trial. For more information on credit-based usage, see service credits for geocoding.
To sign in to ArcGIS Online, click the Not signed in button in the upper right corner of the project. The ArcGIS Sign In dialog box appears.
If you have a paid subscription to ArcGIS Online, the World Geocoding Service and other geocoders available in the portal are automatically available for use in geoprocessing tools for batch geocoding or reverse geocoding. You can add additional geocoding services from server connections other than your active portal as follows:
- On the Insert tab, click Connections in the Project group, and click Add ArcGIS for Server.
- On the Add ArcGIS Server User Connection dialog box, type the server URL into the Server URL text box.
- Type your user name and password in the Authentication section.
- Check the check box next to Save Username / Password and click OK.
The service connection is now available in the Server Connections folder in the Catalog pane.