Using 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 a similar 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 in a group or in the entire portal.

  2. Double-click the toolbox for a web tool to see the tools it contains, or right-click and add the toolbox to your project.

Connect to ArcGIS Server and use the geoprocessing service

When you connect to ArcGIS Server, you need a URL and possibly a username and password. This URL is typically be given to you by the ArcGIS Server administrator and 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 username 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. The tool opens 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 tool run messages in the geoprocessing history.


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

Interactive feature input

A web tool can also support interactive feature input. The interaction with interactive feature input is slightly different from that in ArcGIS Pro. For more information, see Web tools and geoprocessing services.