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Manage hosted scene layers

When you publish a scene layer from a hosted feature layer, the two layers are associated with one another. If the feature layer is enabled for editing and it contains point features, you can update the scene layer to pick up edits made to the feature layer. To do that, rebuild the scene layer cache.

Only the owner of the hosted scene layer or an administrator in the ArcGIS Online organization can rebuild cache on the scene layer.

Rebuild scene layer cache

When editors make changes to the feature geometry or attributes in the feature layer associated with your scene layer, you can rebuild the scene layer cache to bring those changes into the scene layer.

For example, if the associated feature layer contains points that represent street furniture—such as benches, fountains, and planters—and the locations of some of the benches change, you can rebuild the scene cache to reflect the new position of those benches. Similarly, if some of the benches are rebuilt out of a different material, and the symbology in the scene layer varies depending on material type, rebuild the scene layer to pick up the new attribute and, therefore, new symbology.

Identify the geometry type

Follow these steps to identify if the scene layer is connected to a point feature layer:

  1. Open the item details for the hosted scene layer and check the Created from value under Details on the Overview tab.
  2. If the Created from value is Feature Layer, click the name of the feature layer to open its item details.
  3. Click the name of the layer under the Layers section of the Overview tab to open the ArcGIS REST Services Directory page for the layer.

    The Geometry Type indicates what feature type is stored in the layer. Only esriGeometryPoint types are supported.

Rebuild cache

If your scene layer has an associated point feature layer that has been edited, follow these steps to rebuild the scene layer to incorporate those changes.


Rebuilding the scene layer consumes credits.

  1. Sign in to ArcGIS Online as the scene layer owner or an administrator.
  2. Open the item details for the scene layer, click the Settings tab, and scroll down to the Scene Layer Settings section.
  3. Click Manage Cache.
  4. Choose the point layer from the list of layers and click Rebuild Cache.
  5. To confirm you want to rebuild the cache, click OK.

    Note that this dialog box indicates the number of credits that rebuilding the cache will consume. Rebuilding the scene cache may take a long time because all the data from the associated feature layer is cached. The time it takes to rebuild the cache depends on the size of your data.