Use web tools in ArcGIS Pro

You can use web tools in ArcGIS Pro by accessing them in different ways. Tools shared on your portal are available from the Portal section of the Catalog pane. Alternatively, you can make a direct connection to your ArcGIS Server and use the geoprocessing service in much the same way.

Find and use web tools in ArcGIS Enterprise

When connected to a local portal, you can search and use web tools. The ability to find and use web tools depends on the sharing permissions set in your portal and your account permissions. If searching or browsing for a web tool does not produce any results, talk to your portal administrator about changing your account permissions.

To search for a web tool, complete the following steps:

  1. In the Catalog pane, select Portal.

    By default, only your items will be listed under My Content. You can search for items within a group or the entire portal.

  2. Web tools have a toolbox icon. You can either double-click the toolbox to find the tools inside or right-click and add the toolbox to your project.

Connect to ArcGIS Server and use the geoprocessing service

When you connect to an ArcGIS Server, you need a URL and possibly a user name and password. This URL will typically be given to you by the ArcGIS Server administrator. This URL generally looks like http://<server>.<domain>.com/arcgis/services. Once you have the URL of your ArcGIS Server, you can make a connection by completing the following steps:

  1. On the Insert tab, choose Connections.
  2. Choose New ArcGIS Server.
  3. Provide the server URL.
  4. Optionally provide a user name and password if your server is secure.
  5. In the Catalog pane, expand the Servers folder.
  6. Double-click the new ArcGIS Server connection to enable it.
  7. Expand the service and double-click the tool. This opens the tool in the Geoprocessing pane. If the tool accepts parameters, you can provide them and click Run.

Depending on the tool, the output result may be added automatically to a map or scene (if you have one open). Other tools may not provide geographic output, such as text, numbers, or files. In this case, you need to check the execution messages in the Geoprocessing History.


A service that returns feature or raster data will make a copy and place it in your project's default geodatabase after the tool has successfully run. This is an automatic process. The feature or raster data is transferred from the service, and your session of ArcGIS Pro will increment the local file name by one to ensure data is not overwritten.