Author a web scene

In ArcGIS Pro, you can author and share web scenes to your active portal. Web scenes are interactive displays of geographic information that are useful to expose 3D data on the web for visualization and analysis.

A global or local scene that contains existing web layers or publishable data layers can be shared as a web scene. Existing cached layers, including web scene layers, web tile layers, and elevation layers, should be in the coordinate system of the basemap, if present. For more information about basemap and elevation layers, see Basemap and elevation layers.

You can share scene layers in a global or local scene with the web scene. Both scene layer packages and scene services are supported. When a scene layer package is shared with the web scene, the package is published as a web scene layer.

Both 2D and 3D layers can be published when sharing a web scene. All new web layers are shared in the coordinate system of a scene. For more information about how different layers are published, see Operational layers in web scenes.

You can specify the coordinate system of a scene in the scene properties. Local scenes support all coordinate systems including custom coordinate systems.

The illumination and shadow settings saved in the scene properties are maintained through the sharing process. You can modify these settings in the scene viewer after sharing. Bookmarks are also included in the web scene.

Scene viewing modeSupported coordinate systemsSupported clients


WGS 1984, CGCS 2000

Desktop, web, and mobile


Projected, custom, and WGS 1984

Desktop and web


Custom coordinate systems are supported at ArcGIS Enterprise 10.9 and later. WGS 1984 in a local scene is supported at ArcGIS Enterprise 11.0 and later.

Local scenes

Use local scenes, which can be shared to ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise, when you need to use a projected or custom coordinate system to maintain the integrity of your data or to reduce distortion. Also use local scenes if operational layers are enabled for editing.

Open local scene in full screen

Global scenes

Global scenes are ideal when sharing data that has a global extent. Global scenes only support WGS 84 and China Geodetic Coordinate System 2000.

Global scene showing the population of United States cities
A global scene shows the population of United States cities.

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