You can use Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC), Web Feature Service (WFS) services that are available on the web when using ArcGIS Pro. The WFS client support in ArcGIS allows you to access these services over the Internet and add a WFS layer to your maps.
The OGC Web Feature Service is an open specification for serving geographic features over the web that returns actual features with geometry and attributes. For more information regarding OGC WFS specifications, see the OGC website at www.opengeospatial.org/standards.
View WFS layers in the Contents pane
After connecting to a WFS server, a WFS service connection is shown in the Server folder in the Catalog pane. You can add the entire WFS service to a map or scene by selecting all layers in the WFS connection, or you can add the WFS layers individually. When you add a WFS layer to the map, the layer is added to the Contents pane.
Work with WFS layers from the web
Once a WFS layer is added to ArcGIS Pro, it behaves as a read-only feature layer from a geodatabase. To get information about the layer, access the Layer Properties dialog box by right-clicking the layer in the Contents pane and clicking Properties. From the layer properties dialog box, you can set definition queries and find information about the extent, data source (URL), coordinate system, and other layer properties.
To help ensure good performance with data from the web, display caching and feature caching are available for WFS layers. These are not enabled by default when you add a WFS layer to a map or scene project. The display cache uses a generalized and lightly attributed version of the currently displayed data to render features on the display quickly. The feature cache creates a local copy of the full-resolution data, which is used during editing and querying. The display cache is used by most types of vector layers in a map, while the feature cache is only used by web feature layers. See how feature caching works for more details on feature caching.
There are some known limitations for the WFS client in ArcGIS Pro 2.0:
- WFS with transactions is not yet supported. The layer behaves as a read-only data source.
- Sharing the WFS layer as a web map from ArcGIS Pro is not yet supported.
- WFS items in Portal for ArcGIS are not visible in the Catalog pane.
- There may be issues using the OID field for queries on the layer. If complex queries are required, it is recommended that you use compatible mode.
- Publishing a WFS service directly from ArcGIS Pro is not yet supported. You may share a web layer and then publish a WFS layer from it.
- An imported .mxd file with WFS layers that were created using the Data Interoperability extension is not supported.
- WFS server connections that are created for version 1.0.0 always open in a cached (compatible) mode.
- Esri WFS services at version 10.5 or older require using compatible mode.