Share a web tile layer

With ArcGIS Pro, you can share web tile layers to your active portal.

Web tile layers are best used with relatively static maps. When you share a web tile layer, the antialiasing settings in your display options are applied automatically. The default antialiasing mode is Fast. Learn more about web tile layers.

The privilege to publish hosted tile layers is required to share a web tile layer.

While in the process of sharing a web tile layer, you may decide to save a service definition instead. A service definition compiles information into a single file, allowing you to share the web tile layer at a later time. Information about saving a service definition is included in the workflow below. To learn more, see Introduction to saving service definitions.

Share a web tile layer using the default configuration

This workflow explains how to share a web tile layer with default settings. To change the default configuration, see Configure a web tile layer. You can also use ArcPy to share a web tile layer to a portal. To learn more, see Introduction to arcpy.sharing.

  1. To share a web tile layer with the default tiling scheme, do one of the following:
    • Share all usable layers in the map as a web layer. On the Share tab, in the Share As group, click the Web Layer drop-down arrow and click Publish Web Layer Publish Web Layer.
    • Share selected layers in the map as a web layer. Select the layers in the Contents pane. Right-click any selected layer, point to Sharing, and click Share As Web Layer Publish Web Layer.

    The Share As Web Layer pane appears.


    For a web tile layer, the tiling scheme default is ArcGIS Online/Bing Maps/Google Maps.

  2. Provide a name for the web layer.
  3. Complete the Summary and Tags fields.

    You can enter a maximum of 128 tags.

  4. If your active portal is ArcGIS Online, for Layer Type, click Tile.

    If your active portal is an ArcGIS Enterprise portal, click Tile under Copy all data.

  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. Under Share with, specify how the web layer will be shared:
    • Everyone—Share your content with the public. Anyone can access and see it.
    • My Organization—Share your content with all authenticated users in the organization.
    • Groups—Share your content with groups to which you belong and their members.

    Leave all options unchecked to set the sharing level to the owner of the item.

  7. Optionally, click the Content tab to see the folder structure and sublayers of the web layer.
  8. Under Finish Sharing, click Analyze Analyze to review 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 your GIS resource. Resolving warnings Warning is recommended but not required.

    Learn more about analyzing GIS resources

  9. After you have resolved errors, and optionally, resolved warnings, click Publish to share the web layer.

    If you want to save a service definition for the web layer instead, click the Publish drop-down arrow and click Save As SD. To learn more, see Save a service definition for a web layer.

  10. When the web layer is successfully published, click the Manage the web layer link at the bottom of the pane to access the web layer in your portal.

    If the web layer will be drawn from cache built automatically on the server, the web layer may not be viewable while cache generation is in progress. Click Jobs Check Sharing Job Status to view the cache status in the Job Status pane.

Considerations when sharing to older portals

Web tile layers can be shared to all versions of ArcGIS Enterprise and Portal for ArcGIS. However, not all functionality is supported by earlier versions. Limitations are listed below.

ArcGIS Enterprise 10.5 and earlier

  • Allow clients to export cache tiles when caching locally is not available.

Portal for ArcGIS 10.3.1 and earlier

  • Cache locally is not available.

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