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Manage hosted scene layers

Publishing a scene from ArcGIS Pro can create both a scene layer and an associated feature layer. Publishing a scene layer from a hosted feature layer also associates the two layers with one another. If data in the associated point or multipatch feature layer changes, you can rebuild the scene layer cache to include changes for specific layers or changes from all layers in the feature layer.

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

Rebuild the scene layer cache

When editors change the feature geometry or attributes in the point feature layer associated with your scene layer, you can rebuild the scene layer cache to bring the changes for specific layers into the scene layer. Similarly, if you or the administrator update or append rows in the associated point or multipatch feature 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 with a different material, and the style in the scene layer varies depending on material type, rebuild the scene layer to include the new attribute and, therefore, the new style.

Rebuild the cache

Follow these steps to rebuild the scene layer to incorporate changes from the associated point or multipatch feature layer.


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 what you want to rebuild.
    • To rebuild the entire hosted scene layer, choose Full cache. This will pick up schema changes on all layers.
    • To only rebuild geometry changes for specific point layers in the hosted scene layer, choose Selected layers. This will pick up geometry and attribute changes on the selected layers.
  5. If you're rebuilding to get changes in specific layers within the feature layer, choose the layers from the list.
  6. Click Rebuild Cache.
  7. Click OK to confirm you want to rebuild the cache.

    This dialog box indicates the number of credits that rebuilding the cache consumes. 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.

    To monitor the status of the cache, click Job Status. If the cache fails to rebuild, click the job ID for information about why it failed.