Save a web feature layer

With ArcGIS Pro, you can save updates to web feature layers in an ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise portal. You can use ArcGIS Pro to modify and save changes to the appearance of existing web feature layers, including labels, visibility range, symbology, pop-ups, and charts.

Saving updates to a web layer stores changes in the existing web layer item but does not alter the item ID, configuration settings, or the source data. To change a web feature layer's source data or configuration, see Overwrite a web feature layer.

The following conditions must be met when saving a web feature layer:

  • The active portal must be the portal where the web layer resides.
  • You must be signed in as the owner of the web layer item, an administrator, or a member of the shared update group to which the web layer is shared.
  • Your account must have privileges to create content.

Save a web feature layer in a portal

Before saving a web feature layer, there are considerations to be aware of. The following workflow saves updates to a web feature layer in a portal:

  1. Browse to a web feature layer in your portal in one of two ways:
    • In the Catalog pane, click the Portal tab and click the My Content tab My Content under it.
    • On the ribbon, on the Map tab, in the Layer group, click Add Data Add Data. On the Add Data dialog box, under Portal Portal, click My Content My Content.
  2. Add a web feature layer Feature layer to a map or scene. Alternatively, add a web map or web scene containing a web feature layer.
  3. Modify the appearance of the web feature layer as desired.

    If the web layer contains multiple sublayers, modify one or more of these layers.

  4. To save a web feature layer, do one of the following:
    • Save a single layer or sublayer. Right-click the layer, point to Sharing, and click Save Web layer Save Web Layer.
    • Save multiple sublayers. Press the Ctrl key while clicking the desired sublayers. Right-click any selected layer, point to Sharing, and click Save Web layer Save Web Layer.
    • Save all sublayers. Click the List By Data Source tab List By Data Source at the top of the Contents pane. Right-click the feature service name and click Save Web Layer Save Web Layer.

    The Save Web Layer pane appears.

    The source layer being saved and the sublayers being updated are displayed.

  5. Under Finish Saving, click Analyze Identify potential performance bottlenecks and errors to review for potential 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. You must resolve errors Error before you can save the web layer. Resolving warnings Warning is recommended but not required.

    Learn more about analyzing GIS resources

  6. After you have resolved errors, and optionally, resolved warnings, click Save Save to update the web layer in the portal.

    The updates are saved to the existing web layer.

  7. Click the Manage the web layer link at the bottom of the pane to manage the web layer in the portal.

Considerations when saving a web feature layer

If there are multiple users in your ArcGIS organization who can update the web layer, it is recommended that you determine whether the web layer was modified since you added it in ArcGIS Pro to avoid overwriting changes other users may have made. To work with the latest version of the web layer, re-add it to your map or scene.


Be careful when re-adding web layers in a web map. If you save your web map after re-adding a web layer, applications such as ArcGIS Dashboards that reference the web layer may need to be reconfigured.


The following are some known limitations to consider before saving a web feature layer with ArcGIS Pro:

  • Some display properties are not preserved after saving a web feature layer. For example, feature blending and layer masking will be lost. In the case of layer blending, some blend modes configured in Map Viewer may be lost if no equivalent mode exists in ArcGIS Pro.
  • Updates saved to a web feature layer that references registered data will not appear in its associated map image layer, vector tile layer, or web scene layer.
  • When saving a web feature layer used in a web map, some settings such as pop-ups and transparency will not appear in the web map. To update the web map with these settings, save the web map instead. Changes will be stored in the web map item instead of the web layer item. For more information, see Save a web map.

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