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Take a map offline

When your map includes web feature layers, you can take that map offline and complete your work without a network connection. Periodically, when a connection is available, you can synchronize your changes. This allows you both to receive updates others have made to the web feature layer and to share your changes with them.

The Download Map button Download Map is available to take a map offline only if layers in the map are configured to support synchronization.

Learn about configuring web feature layers for working offline

Only web feature layers that support synchronization will have their data taken offline and be available for editing. Other web layers in the map and layers that access datasets on the network will be broken when a network connection is not available. Layers that access datasets on the local machine will remain available.

  1. On the Map tab on the ribbon, in the Offline group, click Download Map.

    A progress bar appears while data for the web feature layers is taken offline. When the process is complete, a database containing the offline data will be present in the project's home folder and added to the project. Layers in the map are updated to access the offline data.

    Note:

    Annotation layers within the web feature layer cannot be taken offline at this time.

  2. Save the project.

Share your updates

  1. Connect your machine to the network.
  2. Save any edits you made to the offline data.
  3. On the Map tab on the ribbon, in the Offline group, click the Sync button Sync.

    A progress bar appears while your edits to the offline data are shared and you receive updates from others. When the process is complete, the map display updates to show the current offline data.

Remove your local copy of the data

  1. Connect your machine to the network.
  2. Save any edits you made to the offline data.
  3. On the Map tab on the ribbon, in the Offline group, click the Remove button Remove.

    Your edits to the offline data are shared. The database containing the offline data is removed from the project and deleted from the project's home folder. The map layers are updated to access the web feature layer again. When the process is complete, the map display updates to show the current data for the web feature layer.

Repair a project with offline data

If you did not save the project after taking a map offline, or if a map with offline layers is accidentally deleted, you can repair the project.

  1. Browse into the project's home folder.
  2. Right-click the database containing the offline data and click Add To Project Add To Project.
  3. Create a new map.
  4. Browse into the database.
  5. Drag the feature classes and feature datasets and drop them on the new map.
  6. Save the project.