Share a web imagery layer

From ArcGIS Pro, you can author and share web imagery layers to ArcGIS Enterprise. These web layers expose the selected raster dataset. The default configuration allows users to view the dataset and its associated metadata. You must be a member of a portal role that has the privilege to publish server-based layers to share a web imagery layer, and you must be signed in to the active portal as that member.


Web imagery layers are shared from the Catalog pane, not the Contents pane nor the Share tab on the main ribbon.

Share a web imagery layer using the default configuration

Follow these steps to share a web imagery layer to the active ArcGIS Enterprise portal:

  1. To share a web imagery layer, right-click a raster dataset in the Catalog pane and click Share as Web Layer Share as 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. Choose Reference registered data or Copy all data.

    Choosing Copy all data will create a copy of the dataset on the ArcGIS Image Server.

    When using Share As Web Layer to share web imagery layers to ArcGIS Enterprise, the default Layer Type is Imagery.
  5. Under Location, use the Folder menu to choose a folder in your portal content in which to store the web layer. Optionally create a folder.

    By default, the web layer is stored at the root level of your portal content.


    Click the Browse button Browse to browse to a folder in your portal content. You can also type a folder name in the text box.

  6. Use the Server and Folder drop-down menus to specify the federated server where the service will be published and the folder where it will be stored. Optionally create a folder.

    By default, the service is stored in the root folder of the server.


    The Server and Folder options appear only if you are sharing to ArcGIS Enterprise using the Reference registered data option. In this case, you can also click the Data Stores button Data Stores to open the Manage Registered Data Stores pane. Use this pane to register geodatabases and folders with federated servers.

  7. Under Share with, specify how the web layer will be shared:
    • Everyone—This option makes your content public. Anyone can access and see it.
    • My Organization—This option allows your content to be shared with all authenticated users in the organization.
    • Groups—You can share your content with groups to which you belong and their members.
  8. Optionally click the Content tab to see the folder structure and sublayers of the web layer.
  9. Under Finish Sharing, click Analyze to check for problems.

    Errors and warnings are listed on the Messages tab. Right-click a message to open its help topic or take corrective action in the software. Errors Error must be resolved before you can share the web layer. Resolving warnings Warning is recommended but not required.

    Learn more about analyzing GIS resources.

  10. After you have resolved errors, and optionally resolved warnings, click Publish to share the web layer.
  11. Once the web layer has successfully published, click the Manage the web layer link to manage the web imagery layer.

Web imagery layers cannot be shared to Portal for ArcGIS 10.3.1 or earlier.

Share data in the cloud

To access and share your data in the cloud, first you must create a connection to your cloud stores, access the data using the cloud store connection file .acs, and then follow the steps to share a web imagery layer.

To share your data in the cloud, you can use one of the following options:

  • Share by referencing the data.
  • Share by copying all data, which downloads a copy of the data from the cloud, packages it, and uploads it to the federated ArcGIS Server.


  • To share by reference, you must register either the .acs file location or the cloud path as a data store or data store item before sharing the data.
  • To share a mosaic dataset with data in the cloud, you must register the cloud path as a data store or data store item before sharing the data.

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