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Add a feature service for editing

On the Insert tab, in the Project group, Connections adds connections to feature services. When you add a feature service to a map, feature templates published with the feature service appear in the Create Features pane.

Feature services allow you to edit feature layers and nonspatial tabular data published to the Internet with ArcGIS Server. You can create and modify features using the same editing tools you normally use to edit geodatabase feature layers.

You cannot undo changes made to layers in a feature service. By default, snapping is turned off for feature service layers to improve map performance.

Add a connection to the server

To add a connection to the server, on the Insert tab, click the Connections drop-down arrow, and click New ArcGIS Server New ArcGIS Server.

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Project group, click the Connections drop-down arrow, and click New ArcGIS Server New ArcGIS Server.

    The Add ArcGIS Server User Connection dialog box appears.

    Add ArcGIS Server User Connection
  2. In the Server URL text box, type the full URL for the server.

    For example, type http://sampleserver6.arcgisonline.com/ArcGIS/services.

  3. If required, type your credentials in the User Name and Password text boxes.
  4. Click OK.

    In the Catalog pane, the server connection is added to Servers Open Drafts folder.

Add the service to the map

To add a feature service to your map, in the Catalog pane, expand Servers Open Drafts folder, and drag the map service onto the map.

  1. In the Catalog pane, expand Servers Open Drafts folder and expand the ArcGIS Server connection containing the feature service.
    Feature Services
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Drag the map service onto the map.
    • Right-click the map service and click Add To Current Map Add Data.

    The service layers are added to the map and feature templates published with the service appear in the Create Features pane.