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Share a web map

With ArcGIS Pro, you can share your maps as web maps to your active portal. A web map is an interactive display of geographic information you can use to tell stories and answer questions. Web maps are composed of web layers. In ArcGIS Pro, you can author your map with existing web layers or with data layers that are shared as web layers when you share your web map. Web maps can be opened in ArcGIS Pro as well as in standard web browsers.

Learn more about authoring web maps

To share a web map, you must have the following:

  • An account that is part of an ArcGIS organization with the privilege to create content.
  • If your map contains feature layers or raster layers, new web layers are shared when you share your map as a web map. In this case, your account must also have privileges to publish web layers.

You can continue to work with ArcGIS Pro while your sharing job is processing. You can even close ArcGIS Pro. You can monitor the status of your sharing jobs from the Job Status pane.

Share your map as a web map

  1. Open a map.
  2. On the Share tab, in the Share As group, click Web Map Map View.

    The Share Web Map pane appears.

  3. Provide a name for the web map.
  4. Complete the Summary and Tags fields.
  5. Specify how the web map will be shared:
    • My Organization—If you are signed in with an organizational account, you see this option. This option allows your content to be shared with all authenticated users in the organization.
    • Everyone—This option makes your content public. Anyone can access and see it.
    • Groups—You can share your content with groups you belong to and their members.

    When sharing with Everyone, verify that all existing web layers can be accessed by individuals consuming the web map.

  6. Select a configuration for your web map. Depending on your active portal, different configurations will be available to you.

    The Reference registered data configurations create web layers that reference the registered data sources, and updates to those data sources will be visible in the web layer. The Copy all data configurations copy all layers in the map to the server, including registered data. These configurations are described in the following table:

    Reference registered data: Exploratory

    Input layers are shared as a map image layer. This interactive map supports querying and is ideal for displaying regularly updated data.

    This configuration is not available when sharing to ArcGIS Online.

    Reference registered data: Editable

    Input layers are shared as map image layers with associated, editable feature layers. This editable map is ideal for enterprise editing workflows as the web layers honor data sources registered with the federated server.

    This configuration is not available when sharing to ArcGIS Online.

    Reference registered data: Visualization

    Input layers are shared as a cached map image layer. Data is displayed as pregenerated tiles for fast visualization.

    This configuration is not available when sharing to ArcGIS Online.

    Copy all data: Exploratory

    Input layers are shared as feature layers with editing turned off. Layers that are not supported by feature layers are shared as tile layers.

    Copy all data: Editable

    Input layers are shared as feature layers with editing turned on. Layers that are not supported by feature layers are shared as tile layers. This editable map is ideal for collecting data from external users who do not have access to your enterprise data.

    Copy all data: Visualization

    Input layers are shared as tile layers. Data is displayed as pregenerated tiles; their fast visualization makes them ideal for basemaps.

  7. Use the Folder drop-down arrow to specify where the web map will be stored in your portal content.

    All new web layers will also use the specified folder unless you configure them to use a different folder. Depending on the web map configuration selected, you may also be able to use the Server and Folder drop-down menu during configuration when sharing to ArcGIS Enterprise. With this option, you specify the federated server where the service will be published and the folder on the server where the service will be stored.

  8. Optionally click the Configuration tab. The following options are available:
    • Input Layers Input layers—View the new web map and new web layers that will be created when the web map is shared.
    • Existing Content Existing Content—View existing web layers contained in the map.
  9. Click Analyze to check for any errors or issues. You must resolve all errors. If any issues are discovered, they appear on the Messages tab. Right-click each message to get more information, read the help for the error or warning, and access suggested fixes. Learn more about analyzing GIS resources
  10. Once validated, click Share to share your web map using the default configuration.
  11. Once the process of sharing the web map has completed, click the Manage web map link to administer the web map.

Configure a web map

When you share a web map, the map configuration you selected determines what type of web layers are created. You can configure and split the new web layers referenced in your web map before sharing.

  1. Click the Configuration tab.
  2. Click the Input Layers tab Input layers if necessary.
  3. To configure a web layer, either right-click it and click Configure Web Layer Properties or select it and click Properties Configure Web Layer Properties. The Configure web layer pane appears. It contains three additional tabs:
  4. Click the back button Back to return to the Share Web Map pane.
  5. To split a web layer, select one of its sublayers and click Split Split.

    Any changes made to the web layer being split will not populate the new web layer. For example, if you set the time zone of a web layer before splitting, the new web layer will have the default setting of <None>.

    If you select the Reference registered data: Editable configuration, splitting is done with the map image layer, not the associated feature layer.

  6. To combine web layers, select two layers of the same type and click Combine Combine.

    All configurations except Copy all data: Exploratory and Copy all data: Editable require the web layers to be adjacent among their layer type. That is, if two map image layers have associated feature layers, they are still considered adjacent even though a feature layer is listed between them. If changes were made to the web layers before combining, the settings of the topmost web layer will be maintained.

    If you select the Reference registered data: Editable configuration, combining is done with the map image layers, not the associated feature layers.

  7. Click Analyze to check for any errors or issues. You must resolve all errors. If any issues are discovered, they appear on the Messages tab. Right-click each message to get more information, read the help for the error or warning, and access suggested fixes. Learn more about analyzing GIS resources
  8. Click Share.

Considerations when sharing to older portals

Although web maps can be shared to any portal, not all functionality is supported in every version of Portal for ArcGIS. Listed below are limitations when sharing to older versions.

Portal for ArcGIS 10.3.1 and earlier

  • The Reference registered data: Exploratory configuration is not available.

  • The Reference registered data: Editable configuration is not available.

  • The Reference registered data: Visualization configuration is not available.

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