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Item details

Each item in ArcGIS Online includes an item page with a variety of information, actions, options, and settings organized by tab: Overview, Data, Visualization, Usage, and Settings. The tabs you see, as well as the options and information available on the tabs, depends on the item type, your privileges, and whether you are the item owner or administrator.

Item pages allow you to explore items in-depth in a variety of ways. For example, an interactive attribute table integrates related records and attachments, allowing you to navigate attribute data and view all aspects of a field together, including field values, summary statistics, and settings. Content creators and administrators can change an item's settings without having to go to other places on the site. For example, you can configure an app from a scene on the Overview tab or edit app settings directly on the Settings tab. Feature layer styles, pop-ups, and other layer properties can be configured on the Visualization tab as an alternative to opening the layer in Map Viewer.

To access an item page, click Details under an item's thumbnail or, from the gallery, hover over the thumbnail and click Details. If you own the item, you can access the item page through the My Content tab of the content page.

View and edit overview information

The Overview tab includes overview information about an item, such as a description, tags, data source information, creation date, size, sharing status, and whether the item has been designated authoritative or deprecated. It also includes a status bar and interactive checklist that help item owners and administrators provide more complete item information. Most of the information on the Overview tab can be edited by item owners, administrators, and others with the appropriate privileges. Others can use the overview information to help them better understand the item before using it.

The Overview tab also includes options to open, add to favorites, categorize the item, share the item, edit metadata, and add ratings and comments. Some types of item pages have additional options; for example, you can publish apps from the item page of configurable apps, update or download files such as CSV files, create an app from a web map or web scene, and export data from export-enabled hosted feature layers. If you have the correct privileges, you can publish maps and data as hosted web layers. Administrators and those with the correct privileges can also change the owner of an item in their organization.

Open items

By default, items open in the most appropriate app. For example, maps open in Map Viewer, scenes open in Scene Viewer, and layer packages open in ArcGIS Desktop. Optionally, you can sometimes choose a different option. For example, you can choose to open a map in ArcGIS Desktop instead of Map Viewer. Some items can only be downloaded and some do not have an option to open or download. The action buttons you see on the right of the item page Overview tab depend on the item type. The most appropriate option for opening, downloading, and so on, is provided as the first action button.

For a comprehensive list of supported item types, see What can you add to ArcGIS Online?


The title is the name people see when they access the item and the name you see on the My Content tab on the content page. The title should represent what the item contains.


This short description is returned in the results list when people search for content in the website.


People see this in-depth description of the item when they open the item page.

Thumbnail image

A thumbnail image is created by default when you add the item to the site. It appears in galleries, search results, contents, and the item page. You can create and load a different image if the default image does not convey the information you want.

You can drag an image or browse to a file. For best results, add an image that is 600 pixels wide by 400 pixels high or larger with an aspect ratio of 1.5:1 in a web file format such as PNG, JPEG, or GIF. Pan and zoom to what you want to appear in your thumbnail. Depending on the size and resolution of your image file and how far you zoom in to customize the thumbnail, the image may be resampled and scaled when it's saved. If you add an image in GIF or JPEG format, it will be converted to PNG when it's saved.

Terms of Use

This section provides information about how the item can be used and by whom. For example, you might have a use constraint for a map layer that requires others to display copyright information on any screen capture that includes the layer.


If an organization has enabled metadata, a Metadata button appears on the Overview tab of the item pages. Initially, only the item owner and the administrator can see the button. Once the owner or administrator uses the Metadata button to access a built-in editor and include additional standards-based metadata, anyone with access to the item also sees the Metadata button and can use it to view the metadata in the metadata style configured by the organization.

You will also see a Metadata link in the Layers list for any hosted feature layer that has associated metadata. The link allows anyone with access to the hosted feature layer's item page to view the individual layer's metadata in the metadata style configured by the organization. Similarly, if a table was published with metadata, you'll see a Metadata link in the Tables list.

Item Information

You can help others find, understand, and use your items by providing complete item information. The Item Information section helps item owners and administrators identify missing or incomplete item information and provides suggestions for improving it, such as adding more tags or a summary. Click the Top Improvement suggestion to go directly to the section where you'll make the biggest impact, or click Learn more to make your way through a full interactive checklist of suggested improvements. As you make improvements, such as adding terms of use or making the description longer, the checklist tracks the sections you updated and the status bar changes to reflect your progress.

Change Owner

If you are an administrator of your organization or you have the correct privileges, you can change the owner of an item in your organization.

Folder location

You can move an item you own to a different folder in My Content.


Categories make it easier for others to find content in your organization. If your organization has configured categories, you can assign up to 20 categories to your item. If you have privileges to update organizational content, you can also categorize items owned by other organization members. To create or edit categories for an item, click Edit next to Categories and select the categories you want to assign. You can also use the Filter categories box to narrow the categories. Click Save when you are finished.


Tags are used to find items when people search for them. The tags you specify should correspond to keywords you think people will use to search for your item.

Credits (Attribution)

Your item may contain data from different agencies or individuals. This is the place to give credit to the data providers.


You can copy and paste the URL of an app or ArcGIS Server layer and use it elsewhere. For example, developers might want to include the URL of a hosted web layer in apps they build.

For image items that are shared with the public (everyone), the URL field can also be used to include the image in pop-ups.

Add ratings and comments

Each item page includes a rating. Ratings are based on a weighted average of five stars, with one star reflecting a poor item and five stars reflecting a great item. The rating value provides a weighted average that factors in the number of ratings an item has received as well as the average rating. Therefore, an item with two ratings of four stars each has a higher rating than an item with one rating of four stars. To rate an item, you must be logged in and can only rate items you don't own. You can only add one rating per item. While you can change your rating, the count remains the same. To rate an item, click the appropriate star in the Details area on the right side of the Overview tab.

Item pages may also include a section for comments, depending on whether your organization chooses to enable them. Comments appear at the bottom of the Overview tab and can be added by the item owner or other logged in users. Once you've published a comment, you can delete it but you can’t edit it. People who are logged in can also reply to a comment. Item owners receive email notifications of new comments and can delete comments published for items they own. Comments can be sorted from newest to oldest (New) or by most recent reply (Latest Reply). You can subscribe to an RSS feed of comments for an item that is shared with everyone (public). You cannot subscribe to comments on an item that is only shared with your organization (or that is private).

Add to favorites

You can create a list of favorites from items you've added and that you see in search results, on the gallery page, on the Living Atlas website, and in other ArcGIS apps. View your list from the My Favorites tab on the content page and when you search for layers to add to your map.

To mark an item as a favorite, click Add to Favorites below the thumbnail of the item on the Overview tab.

To remove a favorite item from your list, click Remove from Favorites below the thumbnail of the item.

Share item

Depending on your privileges, you can share your item directly from the Share button on the item page.

Share item page through Facebook or Twitter

If your organization allows sharing outside the organization and you have privileges to share with the public, the item page includes Facebook and Twitter buttons. Use the buttons to share an item page through your Facebook and Twitter accounts. You can share the item page of any item in the website, including those owned by others. It's a good idea to share item pages only for content that you know has been shared with everyone; otherwise, some people may not be able to access the links. When you use the Facebook and Twitter links on an item page, you are sharing the item page, not the map or app itself. To share a map (as opposed to its item page), use the Share button on the map.

Share item page using a short URL

If you want to share an item page with others by providing a link to the page, use the Short URL button Short URL in the Details section. Clicking the Short URL button generates a short URL for the item page that you can copy and paste into emails, text messages, and other communications. You can share the item page short URL for any item in the website, including those owned by others. However, before sharing the short URL, ensure that the item has been shared with the recipients of the link; otherwise, some people may not have access to the URL. For example, if you provide the short URL to individuals inside and outside your organization but the item has only been shared with the organization, those who are outside the organization will be unable to access the item.


Use Update to replace a file with an updated version from your computer. The file names must match. When you update an item, the download count is maintained. Use Overwrite to update hosted feature layers.

Work with attribute data

Using the Data tab, you can work with attribute data in a feature layer's attribute table. You can view and sort the data, and get more information about the layer by viewing any available related data tables, as well as any related photos or other file attachments.

If a feature layer is editable, its attribute table is always editable. If you have privileges to edit the layer, you can edit or delete the attributes in the layer's attribute table and in any related tables, as well as attach additional related photos and files. If you are the owner of a hosted feature layer, or an administrator of your organization, you can add, delete, and calculate fields on hosted feature layers. Some restrictions apply.

You can also learn more about the individual fields—for example, see whether a field is required or view its default value—by clicking the column header for the field you are interested in and clicking Show Detailed View. The table shrinks to a more focused view of the field you selected, with a Summary section; a Settings section with field attribute rules, such as required fields and default value; and a Details section with information like the field name and type. The information you see in each section depends on the field type and your privileges. For example, in the Summary section, you will see a histogram for numeric and date fields, or a list of the top 10 unique values and associated count information for text fields.

To choose a different field to explore without going back to the full table, click the Options button Options on the left and select a different field. After you are finished viewing detailed information about a field, you can return to the full table view by clicking the Close (X) button.


For feature layers that contain multiple layers, you can work with the attributes and fields of the individual layers by first selecting the layer from the Layer drop-down menu.

Visualize layer

Using the Visualization tab, you can make changes to the default properties of a feature layer without having to open the layer in Map Viewer. You can change the layer’s style, apply a filter, configure pop-ups, or label the features in the layer. You can also hide the layer in the legend or change the refresh interval. As in Map Viewer, the Visualization tab provides navigation tools to explore the layer, access to the basemap gallery, and a search box to find an address or place.

If you own the item, you can save any changes you make to the layer. Both the item owner and those who have privileges to create content might also choose to save a copy of the layer as a new item in My Content.

To work with a feature layer using the Visualization tab, do any of the following:


If the feature layer contains multiple layers, first select the layer you want to work with from the Layer drop-down menu.

  • Click the Change Style Change style button to change the default style of the layer.
  • Click the Filter Filter button to apply a filter to the layer.
  • Click the Configure Pop-up Configure Pop-up button to configure pop-ups for the layer.
  • Click the Create Labels Create Labels button to label the features in the layer.
  • Click the More Options More Options button and click Zoom to to show all the features in the layer.
  • For feature layers with edit tracking enabled, click the More Options More Options button and click Filter Edits to filter the edits you see on the map.
  • Click the More Options More Options button and click Hide in Legend to hide the layer in the legend.
  • Click the More Options More Options button and click Refresh Interval to set the layer’s refresh interval.
  • Click the Search button on the map and enter an address or place-name to find specific locations or features.
  • Pan the map or use the navigation tools to zoom or go to the default extent.
  • Click the Basemap Gallery Basemap Gallery button on the map to select a different basemap.
  • Click Save layer to save your changes to the layer. This button is available for item owners, administrators, or shared update group members.
  • If you have privileges to create content, click Save as new layer to save a copy of the layer as a new item in My Content. In the Save as New Layer window, add a title, tags, and summary and choose a folder to store the item as needed, and click Save. If the feature layer has multiple layers, you have the option of saving all layers or only the current layer.

Monitor usage

For item owners and administrators, the Usage tab provides usage details about an item that help you gauge its popularity. Usage details show how many times the item has been used for the time period you select. Historical usage information is available for the past year. Depending on the item type, usage details can include the number of views, requests, or downloads, and the average number of views, requests, or downloads per day.

Views refers to the number of times the item has been viewed or opened. For maps, scenes, nonhosted layers, and web apps, the view count is increased by one when you open the item page or open the item in Map Viewer. For example, if you opened the item page for a map image layer and clicked Open in Map Viewer, the count would increase by two. For other items such as mobile apps, KML, and so on, the view count is increased by one when you open the item; the count does not increase when you open the item details page.

For hosted web layers (feature, tile, and scene), the number of requests is provided instead of views. Requests refers to the number of times a request is made for the data within the layer. For example, someone might open an app that contains a hosted feature layer. Opening the app counts as one view for the application, but multiple requests may be necessary to draw all the features in the hosted layer and are counted as such.

For downloadable file item types such as CSV, SHP, and so on, the number of downloads is displayed. For registered apps, the Usage tab also displays the number of times users have logged in to the app. Apps that allow access to subscriber content through the organization subscription show usage by credits. You can change the time frame for the credit usage reporting period.


The number of views displayed in search results may be smaller than the number listed on the details page. The details page has the more accurate number.

Edit settings

Depending on your privileges and the item type, you can use the Settings tab to configure settings on an item to attach code to apps, change the extent, create an ArcGIS Marketplace listing, allow others to save a copy of the item, and so on. Hosted feature layers include additional settings related to who can edit and export your layers. The Settings tab is also the place where item owners can delete their items. Settings for locator views are also configured on the Settings tab.

General settings

The following general settings can be configured.

Content Status

Items can be designated as authoritative or deprecated. Designating items as either authoritative or deprecated makes it easier for others to find authoritative items while discouraging the use of items that are out of date.

Organization administrators and those with administrative privileges to update content can specify that an item is authoritative using the Mark as Authoritative button. Items designated as authoritative are identified to members of the organization with an Authoritative badge on the Overview tab.

If you are the item owner or an administrator, or you have administrative privileges to update content, you can use the Mark as Deprecated button to designate an item as deprecated. Items marked as deprecated are identified to all users with a Deprecated badge.

Organization members can use the Status filter to find content marked as authoritative or deprecated when they browse or search for content in their organization. Organization members can also limit searches to layers marked as authoritative when adding layers to a map in Map Viewer.

Delete Protection

Check this option when you do not want the item to be accidentally deleted, for example, if it is a layer used in a map featured in your gallery.

Delete Item

To remove your item from the site, click Delete. To prevent accidentally deleting an item that is part of your organization's featured content—for example, a layer in a featured map—you can enable delete protection as a setting of the item.


The extent is the geographic boundary you specify for the item. It is defined using the minimum and maximum x and y coordinates of the area.

To set or change the extent, click Set Extent and do any of the following in the Set Extent window:

  • Use the geocoding box at the top to find a place or address on the map. The extent adjusts to center on the place or address.
  • Click Draw Extent and draw a box to define the area. ArcGIS Online updates the coordinates of the extent based on what you draw. Click Enable Map Navigation to stop drawing and pan or zoom to the area you want.
  • Type the coordinates of the area in the Top, Bottom, Left, and Right boxes.


You can create an ArcGIS Marketplace listing of your private items if you have the correct privileges.

Web map settings

The following settings are available for web maps.

Offline Mode

Uncheck the Enable offline mode box to disable offline use. If your map supports offline use—that is, if all layers in the map were enabled for offline use when the map was saved—this option is automatically enabled. If the map does not support offline mode, this setting is ignored. To change the default offline settings, click Show advanced options. For more information, see Take maps offline.

Save As

Check this option to allow others to save a copy of your map. Uncheck it when you want your map to be viewed as you configured it and you do not want it to be easily copied and saved by others.

Application Settings

Set map options for routing, measuring, finding locations, and other tools and capabilities in ArcGIS apps.

Layer Settings

Use the utilities in this section to batch update the URLs of layers in your map as needed.

  • Update layers to HTTPS—As the owner or administrator of a web map, you can update all layers in the web map to use HTTPS. It is recommended that all layers are accessed using HTTPS, which encrypts the information in the layer when it's transmitted over the Internet. To use HTTPS when accessing layers, click Update Layers to HTTPS and click Update Layers to confirm the change. ArcGIS Online inspects each layer in the map to determine whether it needs to be updated to HTTPS. If any layers are found to use HTTP, ArcGIS Online attempts to make a request to the same layer using HTTPS and then updates the map and any associated layer items you own or administer. If a layer does not support HTTPS, you are notified of this fact and the layer is not updated in the map. If the layer is reported to not support HTTPS, contact the owner of the layer, who can either configure the layer to support HTTPS or provide an alternative resource.

    When you attempt to update layers in your map to use HTTPS, any custom symbols that use HTTP are automatically updated to use HTTPS if the source of the custom symbols supports it. Other layer customizations, such as images embedded in pop-ups, are not updated to HTTPS. To update these references to use HTTPS, open the layer (or map) in Map Viewer and update the references there.

  • Update ArcGIS Server site references—If you are moving your ArcGIS Server layers from a staging site to a production site or migrating them to a new domain, click Update References to update the layer URLs to reference the new site. ArcGIS Online inspects the layers in the map and presents the ArcGIS Server sites available to update. Layers that use the reference you select are updated to use the new site specified as the replacement. ArcGIS Online updates all ArcGIS Server layers referencing the site, as well as any associated layer items you own or administer.

    The layers at the specified replacement site must exactly match the existing layers. If the layers do not match, layers may not draw or perform as expected. ArcGIS Online makes a connection to the replacement site to confirm the layers are available there. If they are not available, you are notified, and the unavailable layers are not updated.

Hosted web layer settings

Hosted feature layers and hosted tile layers have additional settings for managing data.

App settings

The following settings apply to apps. Some settings only apply to specific types of apps.

  • URL—You can edit the URL of your web mapping, mobile, or application extension app. For example, if the URL of your app changes, you can use the URL setting to point the app item to the new URL.
  • Code Attachment—You can attach code (as a ZIP file) to your apps. This can be helpful if you are sharing a sample or a configurable app and want others to have access to your code.

    To update a code attachment without resetting the download counter on the item, use Update Code and upload a ZIP file with the same name as the original ZIP file. If you want to attach a new file, first delete the existing file; then use Attach Code. This will reset the download count on the item.

  • Purpose—For web mapping, mobile, or desktop apps, specify the purpose of the app you've added.
  • Platform—For desktop apps, specify the platform of the app you've added.
  • API—For web apps, specify the API on which your app is built.
  • SDK—For mobile apps, specify the SDK on which your app is built.
  • Configuration Parameters—You can add configuration parameters for your configurable app when its Purpose is set to Configurable.
  • App Registration—You can register your app to allow others to sign in to ArcGIS. You can also view and update registration information and view details about who has logged in to the app and the number of credits they've consumed.

Locator view settings

In ArcGIS Online, you can create a new view of ArcGIS World Geocoding Service to search only for specific types of locations within an area of interest. Once the locator view is created, you must configure it in the Locator (view) Settings section of the Settings tab. If you share it with your organization or with the public, an administrator can then make your locator view available for members to use in geosearches and batch geocoding.