Rebuild a web scene layer

After edits have been applied, the web scene layer must be rebuilt to reflect the changes stored in the system of record. You have the option to rebuild the entire cache, do a partial update, or only update the attributes changed.

If you are editing a large portion of the scene layer, perform a full update. For example, perform a full update if you have added multiple quarters of a city in your 3D object scene layer. When you do a partial update, only the modified features are updated in the scene layer. This decreases the time it takes to create the updated cache, but over time, the scene layer cache can become unbalanced and may cause drawing performance issues in ArcGIS clients. Use partial updates to change features and make the scene layer available for users as quickly as possible. After using partial updates several times, rebuild the entire cache to ensure the web scene layer cache is well balanced and can perform optimally. In the case where you have changed all attributes on a scene layer but no geometry, do an attribute update. Only the attributes are changed, and the web scene layer cache remains balanced. A typical scenario is if you have a building scene layer and you have to update attributes for a field for all category layers.


Partial updates are only available for 3D object scene layers in ArcGIS Enterprise 10.7 or later.

Rebuilding the cache of a web scene layer on ArcGIS Online consumes credits. For more information on credits, see Understand credits.

To rebuild a web scene layer, follow these steps:

  1. Open the item details page of the web scene layer in ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise.
  2. On the Settings tab, click Manage Cache.

    The Manage Cache dialog box appears.

  3. On the Manage Cache dialog box, select Full Cache to rebuild the layer, Partial Update to only update the features modified , or Update Attributes to only update attributes.
  4. Select the layers for which to rebuild the cache.
  5. Click Rebuild Cache.

    All edits stored with the associated feature layer are now part of the web scene layer and can be viewed by all users who have access to the web scene layer.

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