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Supported data types and items

ArcGIS Pro allows you to use a wide variety of items from databases, file-based datasets, and web services. You can also add shared maps, layers, tools, and other items to your project. This topic provides an overview of the datasets and other items you can use. The items listed below are available in the Catalog pane, the catalog view, and the browse dialog box. The tables indicate if the item can be created in ArcGIS Pro, displayed or edited in a map or table, added or imported to a project, and so on.

ArcGIS Online and Portal for ArcGIS

ArcGIS Pro supports many items that may be available from the active portal.

ItemCreateDisplay (Read)Edit (Write)Notes

Big data file shares

No

Yes

No

You cannot add big data file shares directly to a map. Big data file shares are used as input to GeoAnalytics Tools. The analysis results from these tools are added to a map. Note: You must have ArcGIS Enterprise 10.5 or later configured with a GeoAnalytics Server to use GeoAnalytics Tools.

Elevation layers

Yes

Yes

No

Elevation layers can be added to a scene as an elevation surface. When a web scene is published, local elevation surfaces used by the scene will be published as an elevation layer.

Feature layers

Yes

Yes

Yes

Hosted feature layers can be created. Layers and tables in a feature layer can also be accessed. Feature collection layers can be used in the same manner as other feature layers.

Geoprocessing packages

Yes

Yes

No

The package is downloaded and unpacked. Layers in the package are added to a map if one is active when the package is added to the project.

Layer packages

Yes

Yes

No

The package is downloaded and unpacked. A copy of the layer is added to a map.

Imagery layers

Yes

Yes

No

For imagery layers published from a mosaic dataset, images in an imagery layer can also be accessed.

KML layers

No

Yes

No

Layer files

No

Yes

No

The file is downloaded. A copy of the layer is added to a map.

Layer packages

Yes

Yes

No

The package is downloaded and unpacked. A copy of the layer is added to a map.

Layout files

No

Yes

No

The file is downloaded. A copy of the layout is added to the project.

Locators

Yes

Yes

No

The locator is referenced by the project.

Map image layers

Yes

Yes

No

Portal for ArcGIS 10.4 or later is required to create a map image layer. Layers in a map image layer can also be accessed if access to data is enabled.

Map files

No

Yes

No

The file is downloaded. A copy of the map is added to the project.

Map packages

Yes

No

No

The package is downloaded and unpacked. A copy of the map is added to the project.

Mobile map packages

Yes

Yes

No

The package is downloaded and unpacked. A copy of the map is added to the project.

OGC Web Feature Service (WFS) feature layers

No

Yes

No

OGC Web Map Service (WMS) map image layers

Yes

Yes

No

Portal for ArcGIS 10.4 or later is required to create an OGC WMS map image layer.

OGC Web Map Tile Service (WMTS) tile layers

No

Yes

No

WMTS tile layers can be added to a map.

Project packages

Yes

No

No

The package is downloaded, unpacked, and opened.

Project templates

Yes

No

No

The package is downloaded, unpacked, and opened.

Raster function templates

No

Yes

No

Route layers

Yes

Yes

No

Rule packages

No

No

No

Scene layers

Yes

Yes

Yes

Portal for ArcGIS 10.3.1 or later with Data Store is required to create a hosted scene layer. Scene layers published with ArcGIS Pro 1.3 may contain points, 3D objects, or an integrated mesh. Scene layers published with ArcGIS Pro 1.4 may contain point clouds. Layers in a scene layer can also be accessed. Editing for point and 3D object scene layers with associated feature layers is supported with layers hosted in ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6.1 and later. See Edit a scene layer with associated feature layer for details.

Scene layer packages

Yes

Yes

No

The package is downloaded and a layer referencing the package is created in the map.

Spatiotemporal layers

No

Yes

No

Spatiotemporal tables

No

Yes

No

Stream layers

No

Yes

No

Styles

No

Yes

No

The style (.stylx) file is downloaded and added to the project.

Tables

Yes

Yes

Yes

Hosted tables can be created. Individual tables can also be accessed. Feature collection tables can be used in the same manner as other tables.

Task files

No

Yes

No

The file is downloaded. A copy of the task is added to the project.

Tile layers

Yes

Yes

No

Hosted tile layers can be created. Layers and tables in a tile layer can also be accessed if access to data is enabled.

Tile packages

No

Yes

No

Vector tile layers

Yes

Yes

No

Vector tile layers can be created.

Vector tile packages

Yes

Yes

No

The package is downloaded and a layer referencing the package is created in the map.

Web maps

Yes

Yes

No

A copy of the map is added to the project. The map is linked to the original item.

Web scenes

Yes

Yes

No

A copy of the scene is added to the project. The scene is linked to the original item.

Web tools

Yes

Yes

No

Services

Connections can be created to ArcGIS servers and to Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) WCS, WFS, WMS, and WMTS services.

Connections to ArcGIS Server are only supported with user-level privileges. With ArcGIS Pro, you share web layers using the active portal; services cannot be published directly to an ArcGIS server. If you connect to a server associated with the active portal, you can access the hosted services associated with web layers; however, you will have access to the data only. Information determining how to draw the data on a map is defined in the web layer in the active portal, and is not available when you access the service directly.

The following information relates to services accessed from an ArcGIS server, WCS, WFS, WMS, or WMTS connection:

ItemCreateDisplay (Read)Edit (Write)Notes

ArcGIS feature services

No

Yes

Yes

Direct editing and querying is supported. Layers and tables in a feature service can also be accessed.

ArcGIS geocoding services

No

Yes

No

ArcGIS geoprocessing services

No

Yes

No

ArcGIS globe services

No

Yes

No

A scene's ground can leverage elevation data provided by a globe service.

ArcGIS image services

No

Yes

No

A scene's ground can leverage elevation data provided by appropriate image services. For imagery layers published from a mosaic dataset, images in an imagery layer can also be accessed.

ArcGIS map services

No

Yes

No

Layers and tables in a map service can also be accessed if access to data is enabled. Dynamic layers in a dynamic map service are only supported when added from a web layer or opening a web map.

ArcGIS scene services

No

Yes

Yes

Editing for point and 3D object scene services with associated feature services is supported with services hosted in ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6.1 and later. See Edit a scene layer with associated feature layer for details.

ArcGIS stream services

No

Yes

No

OGC Web Coverage Service (WCS)

No

Yes

No

OGC Web Feature Service (WFS)

No

Yes

No

OGC Web Map Tile Service (WMS)

No

Yes

No

OGC Web Map Tile Service (WMTS)

No

Yes

No

Geodatabase data

ArcGIS Pro supports file geodatabases and enterprise geodatabases. Versioning is supported in an enterprise geodatabase.

ItemCreateDisplay (Read)Edit (Write)Notes

Geodatabase feature classes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Dimension feature classes are supported for display only—they cannot be created or edited.

Geodatabase feature datasets

Yes

No

No

Geodatabase geometric networks

No

Yes

No

Network classes are available for display only. They cannot be edited, opened, or analyzed.

Geodatabase mosaic datasets

Yes

Yes

Yes

See the list of supported sensors.

Geodatabase network datasets

No

Yes

Yes

You cannot create a new network dataset, but some of the network dataset properties such as travel mode, costs, and restrictions can be edited. You can edit a network's source features and build the network.

Geodatabase parcel fabrics

No

Yes

No

Geodatabase raster datasets

Yes

Yes

Yes

See the list of supported sensors.

Geodatabase relationship classes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Creating a relationship class is supported using geoprocessing tools only. Attributed relationship class tables can be edited.

Geodatabase tables

Yes

Yes

Yes

Geodatabase terrains

Yes

Yes

Yes

Creating and editing a terrain is supported using geoprocessing tools only.

Geodatabase topologies

Yes

Yes

Yes

Geodatabase utility networks

Yes

Yes

Yes

Data Reviewer sessions

Yes

Yes

Yes

Database data

ArcGIS Pro supports a number of database management systems, as well as SQLite databases and geopackages.

ItemCreateDisplay (Read)Edit (Write)Notes

Database feature classes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Includes spatial tables and views that contain spatial columns.

Spatial tables that are not views can be edited if they're published as nonhosted feature layers. Add the feature layer to the map and edit its data.

Views are not supported in SQLite databases or geopackages.

Database tables

Yes

Yes

Yes

Includes nonspatial tables and views that do not contain a spatial column.

Tables that are not views can be edited if they're published as nonhosted feature layers. Add the feature layer to the map and edit its data.

Views are not supported in SQLite databases or geopackages.

Data stored in files

ArcGIS Pro supports several types of data that are stored in files.

ItemCreateDisplay (Read)Edit (Write)Notes

Bim File Workspace (.rvt)

No

Yes

No

CAD datasets (.dgn, .dwg, .dxf)

No

Yes

No

dBASE tables (.dbf)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Excel worksheets (.xls, .xlsx)

No

Yes

No

Function rasters (.afr)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Keyhole Markup Language files (.kml, .kmz)

No

Yes

No

LAS datasets (.las, .lasd, .zlas)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Motion imagery

No

Yes

No

See the list of supported formats that are available with Image Analyst.

Raster datasets

Yes

Yes

Yes

See the list of supported sensors.

Raster products

No

Yes

No

See the list of supported sensors.

Shapefiles (.shp)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Text tables (.csv, .txt)

No

Yes

No

TIN datasets

Yes

Yes

Yes

Items that can be added to a project

These items created by ArcGIS Pro can be added to an existing project. A copy of the item is added to the project, or the item is referenced by the project.

ItemNotes

ArcGIS Server connection (.ags)

A copy of the connection is created in the home folder with user-level privileges and added to the project.

Data Reviewer batch job (.rbj)

Data Reviewer workspace connection (.gdb)

Database connection (.sde)

Connections to enterprise geodatabases and databases are added to the project.

File geodatabase (.gdb)

Geopackage (.gpkg)

Geoprocessing package (.gpkx)

A tool is added to the project under Geoprocessing History. If the package contains data, a group layer is also added to the current map.

Layer package (.lpkx)

A copy of the layer is added to the map.

Layer file (.lyrx)

A copy of the layer is added to the map.

Layout file (.pagx)

A copy of the layout is added to the project.

Locators (.loc)

Map file (.mapx)

A copy of the map is added to the project.

Map package (.mpkx)

A copy of the map is added to the project.

OGC WCS server connection (.wcs)

A copy of the connection is created in the home folder and added to the project.

OGC WFS server connection (.wfs)

A copy of the connection is created in the home folder and added to the project.

OGC WMS server connection (.wms)

A copy of the connection is created in the home folder and added to the project.

OGC WMTS server connection (.wmts)

A copy of the connection is created in the home folder and added to the project.

Scene layer package (.slpk, .spk)

A layer referencing the package is created in the map.

Layer package (.lpkx)

A copy of the layer is added to the map.

Styles (.stylx)

Tasks (.esriTasks)

A copy of the task item is added to the project.

Toolboxes (geodatabase, .pyt, .tbx)

Vector tile packages (.vtpk)

A layer referencing the package is created in the map.

Workflow Manager database connection (.jtc)

Items that can be imported to a project

The original item is converted to the ArcGIS Pro format, and the converted item is added to the project or to a map in the project. A copy of the converted item is added to the project, or the converted item is referenced by the project. There is no link to the original item. These items were not created by ArcGIS Pro.

ItemNotes

ArcGlobe documents (.3dd)

A scene is added to the project. It will use the 3D global view.

ArcMap documents (.mxd)

A map is added to the project.

ArcScene documents (.sxd)

A scene is added to the project. It will use the 3D local view.

Map packages (.mpk)

A map is added to the project.

Mobile map package (.mmpk)

A map is added to the project.

Layer packages (.lpk)

A layer is added to a map or scene in the project.

Layer files (.lyr)

A layer is added to a map or scene in the project.

Styles (.style)

An ArcGIS Pro style (.stylx) file is created and saved in the project's home folder and added to the project.

Files available in a project

Some files are available in a project to support your work. For example, XML files may contain metadata describing a series of items from one source.

ItemNotes

Extensible markup language (.xml)

  • ArcGIS-format metadata XML files can be displayed and edited in the catalog view.
  • Display the log files produced when you import maps in the catalog view.
  • XML files containing geodatabase content are supported as inputs to and outputs from geoprocessing tools.

Rule package (.rpk)

Files supported as inputs or outputs

These files can be used as inputs or outputs to ArcGIS Pro operations or geoprocessing tools. For example, you can import the spatial reference from the appropriate file type (.prj) to a feature class to define its coordinate system. These files are available on the Browse dialog box but are not available in the Catalog pane or catalog view.

ItemNotes

3D Studio file (.3ds)

Adobe portable document format file (.pdf)

ArcGIS Server service definitions (.sd)

ASCII remap file (.rmp)

Collada file (.dae)

Colormap file (.clr)

Compressed archive file (.z, .zip)

Calculate field expression file (.exp, .cal)

Enhanced metafile (.emf)

Esri Classifier Definition file (.ecd)

Esri Classification Schema file (.ecx)

Exploratory analysis tool file (.eat)

Learn how to use these files to share configurations for exploratory analysis tools between projects and users.

Extensible stylesheet language transformations (.xsl, .xslt)

FDP file (.fdp)

FME Workbench file (.fmw)

The appropriate extension must be enabled.

GeoJSON file (.geojson)

Geoprocessing package (.gpk)

GPS exchange format (.gpx)

HyperText markup language (.html)

JavaScript object notation (.json)

Label expression file (.lxp)

Locator package (.gcpk)

Maplex abbreviation dictionary (.dic)

NetCDF dataset (.nc)

OpenFlight file (.flt)

OpenSceneGraph binary file (.osgb)

Python script (.py)

R script (.r)

Learn about using R scripts in ArcGIS Pro.

Random forest classification file (.rfm)

Raster function template (.rft.xml)

Raster catalogs

Migrate raster catalogs to geodatabase mosaic datasets.

Scalable vector graphic (.svg)

Service definition (.sd)

SketchUp file (.skp)

Spatial Analyst signature files (.gsg)

Spatial reference files (.prj)

Spatial weights matrix file (.swm)

Tile package (.tpk)

Topology rule file (.rul)

Wavefront object file (.obj)

World file (.wld)

World 3D file (.wld3)

Virtual Reality Modeling Language file (.wrl)

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