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Vector tile layer

With ArcGIS Pro, you can author and share vector tile layers to your active portal. Similar to tile layers, these web layers are useful when you need to expose a relatively static map. Unlike tile layers, they can adapt to the resolution of their display device and be restyled for multiple uses. Raster datasets cannot be included in vector tile layers. The privilege to publish hosted tile layers is required to share a vector tile layer.

For guidelines on creating a map for vector tile layers, see Author a map for vector tile creation.

Note:

When sharing a vector tile layer to ArcGIS Enterprise, the data option Copy all data must first be selected to be able to select Vector Tile as the Layer Type.

Share a vector tile layer

  1. To share a vector tile layer with the default ArcGIS Online/Bing Maps/Google Maps tiling scheme, do one of the following:
    • Share the map and all its layers as a web layer. On the Share tab, in the Share As group, click Publish Web Layer Publish Web Layer.
    • Share selected layers from the map as a web layer. Select the layers in the Contents pane. Right-click the selected layers, point to the Sharing menu, and click Share As Web Layer Publish Web Layer.

    The Share As Web Layer pane appears.

  2. Provide a name for the web layer.
  3. Complete the Summary and Tags fields.
  4. If you are sharing to ArcGIS Enterprise, select Copy all data.
  5. For Layer Type, click Vector Tile.
  6. Use the Folder drop-down menu to specify where the web layer will be stored in your portal content. Optionally click the browse button Browse to create a folder or choose an existing one. You can also type the name of the desired folder in the text box.
  7. Specify how the web layer will be shared:
    • My Organization—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.
  8. Optionally click the Content tab to view the new web layer that will be created and all its components.
  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 Publish to share your web layer using the default configuration.
  11. Once the web layer has been successfully published, click the Manage the web layer link to view the vector tile layer.

Configure a vector tile layer

You can configure your web tile layer prior to publishing to specify a tiling scheme, the level of detail to cache, and where the cache will be temporarily stored.

  1. Click the Configuration tab. If your active portal is ArcGIS Enterprise, click Configure Web Layer Properties Configure Web Layer Properties to access the configurable properties.
  2. Choose a Tiling Scheme that defines the scale levels, tile dimensions, and tile origin for the cache. These properties define where tile boundaries will exist and are important to match when overlaying caches. Tiling scheme options include the following:
    ArcGIS Online/Bing Maps/Google Maps

    This is the default tiling scheme. The coordinate system of the web layer is reprojected on the fly to WGS 1984 Web Mercator (Auxiliary Sphere) to ensure your web tile layer overlays with these online services. The default tile width and height is 256x256 pixels. Scale levels for caching range from zero to 23. When you initialize a new cache, ArcGIS Pro examines the layers in your GIS resource and selects a default tile image format for you. If your GIS resource contains only vector layers, the default is PNG. If at least one raster layer is detected, the default is MIXED.

    Note:

    ArcGIS Online/Bing Maps/Google Maps is the only tiling scheme available when sharing to Portal for ArcGIS 10.4 or 10.4.1.

    WGS 1984 Geographic Coordinate System, Version 2

    This tiling scheme is based on the WGS 1984 Geographic Coordinate System. The coordinate system of the web layer is reprojected on the fly to WGS 1984 Geographic Coordinate System. The default tile width and height is 256x256 pixels. Scale levels for caching range from zero to 22. When you initialize a new cache, ArcGIS Pro examines the layers in your map and selects a default tile image format for you. If your GIS resource contains only vector layers, the default is PNG. If at least one raster layer is detected, the default is MIXED.

    Existing cached map/image service

    Use an existing hosted or ArcGIS Server web tile layer or an ArcGIS Server image service as the tiling scheme of your web tile layer. When you choose this option, the tiling scheme XML file associated with the existing service is downloaded to C:\Users\USERPROFILE\My Documents\ArcGIS\TilingSchemes\Downloaded. ArcGIS Pro will honor the parameters specified in the existing service, with the exception of antialiasing. Antialiasing options set for the application are used.

    Tiling scheme file

    Import a custom tiling scheme XML file you have created that contains your preferred scales and settings. Use the Generate Map Server Cache Tiling Scheme tool to create a custom tiling scheme XML file. Additional tiling scheme files can also be imported from C:\Program Files\ArcGIS\Pro\Resources\TilingSchemes. The tile image format will default to PNG if the tile image format is not defined in the tiling scheme file. ArcGIS Pro will honor the parameters specified in the tiling scheme file, with the exception of antialiasing. Antialiasing options set for the application are used.

    Auto-suggest

    A tiling scheme is suggested based on the coordinate system of your map. The levels of detail defined in this tiling scheme are valid for a global extent, so datasets in the same coordinate system that are cached using this tiling scheme can be displayed together in the future. Although the tiling scheme is valid for a global extent, only the extent defined in the map properties will be cached.

  3. Use the sliders to set the Levels of Detail. ArcGIS Pro examines the dependencies in your map or layer and attempts to suggest a minimum and maximum range of scales for caching. Depending on your map or layer, you may want to forego caching some of the extremely large or small scales in your tiling scheme.
  4. Optionally modify the Temp cache location if the default staging location does not have enough disk space for the temporary vector tile package.
  5. Choose a Tiling Format to determine whether the tile generation structure is optimized with an indexed structure or as a flat array of all tiles at all levels of details.
    Indexed

    Produce tiles based on an index of feature density that optimizes the tile generation and file sizes. This is the default.

    Flat

    Produce regular tiles for each level of detail without regard to feature density. This cache is larger than that produced with an indexed structure.

    1. If you selected Indexed for the Tiling Format, you can browse to a polygon dataset created using Create Vector Tile Index.

      If no index polygons are specified in this parameter, optimized index polygons are generated during processing to aid in tile creation, but they are not saved or output.

  6. Optionally, select the Allow clients to export cache tiles check box to allow clients to download map tiles for offline use.
    1. Specify a value to limit how many tiles can be downloaded in a single request using the Limit export to parameter.

Considerations when sharing to older portals

Vector tile layers cannot be shared to Portal for ArcGIS 10.3 or earlier.

ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6 and earlier

  • The option to allow clients to export cache tiles is not available.