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What can you add to ArcGIS Online?

If you have privileges to create content, you can add many different types of content as items to ArcGIS Online. You can add most item types through Content > My Content > Add Item. Other types of items, such as a web map item, are automatically added to ArcGIS Online when you create and save them through a related app or workflow—for example, creating a map in Map Viewer.

Items you add to ArcGIS Online

The following table shows the types of items you can add through Content > My Content > Add Item. The table also indicates whether and where the item type can be displayed, as well as whether it can be published as a hosted web layer or downloaded.

You can upload files up to 1 GB in size to My Content through a web browser. You can upload larger files through ArcGIS Pro and ArcMap to support publishing layers to ArcGIS Online.

Item typeNotes

360 VR Experience (.3vr)

  • Display not supported
  • Download

AppBuilder widget package (.zip)

  • Only organization administrators can add this type of item
  • Display not supported
  • Download

Application (URL)

  • Display in web apps

ArcGIS Desktop add-in (.esriaddin)

  • Display in desktop apps

ArcGIS Explorer add-in (.eaz)

  • Display in desktop apps

ArcGIS Explorer application configuration (.ncfg)

  • Display in desktop apps

ArcGIS Explorer document (.nmf)

  • Display in desktop apps

ArcGIS Explorer layer (.nmc)

  • Display in desktop apps

ArcGIS for Windows Mobile package (.wmpk)

  • Download

ArcGIS Pro add-in (.esriaddinx)

  • Display not supported
  • Download

ArcGIS Pro configuration (.proconfigX)

  • Display not supported
  • Download

ArcGlobe document (.3dd)

  • Display in desktop apps

ArcMap document (.mxd)

  • Display in desktop apps

ArcPad package (.zip)

  • Display not supported
  • Download

ArcReader document (.pmf)

  • Display in desktop apps

ArcScene document (.sxd)

  • Display in desktop apps

CityEngine web scene (.3ws)

  • Display in web and desktop apps
  • Download

Code sample (.zip)

  • Display not supported
  • Download

Comma-separated values (CSV) collection (.zip)

  • Display not supported
  • Download

Comma-separated values (CSV) file (.csv)

  • Display in Map Viewer
  • Publish as a hosted web layer
  • Download

Computer-Aided Design (CAD) drawing (.zip)

  • Display not supported
  • Download

Desktop application (.zip)

  • Display not supported
  • Download

Desktop application template (.zip)

  • Display not supported
  • Download

Desktop style (.stylx)

  • Display not supported
  • Download

Document link (URL to online document)

  • Display not supported

Feature service (URL)

  • Display in Map Viewer, Scene Viewer, and desktop apps

File geodatabase (.zip)

  • Publish as a hosted web layer
  • Download

Geocode service (URL)

  • Use in web and desktop apps
  • Display not supported

Geodata service (URL)

  • Use in web and desktop apps
  • Display not supported

GeoJSON file (.geojson or .json)

  • Publish as a hosted web layer
  • Download

Geometry service (URL)

  • Use in web and desktop apps
  • Display not supported

Geoprocessing package (.gpk)

  • Use in desktop apps
  • Download

Geoprocessing sample (.zip)

  • Display not supported
  • Download

Geoprocessing service (URL)

  • Use in web and desktop apps
  • Display in desktop apps

Globe service (URL)

  • Display in desktop apps

Image file (.jpg, .jpeg, .png, .tif, or .tiff)*

  • Download

Image service (URL)

  • Display in Map Viewer, Scene Viewer, and desktop apps

iWork Keynote (.zip)**

  • Display not supported
  • Download

iWork Numbers (.zip)**

  • Display not supported
  • Download

iWork Pages (.zip)**

  • Display not supported
  • Download

Keyhole markup language (KML) collection (.zip)

  • Display not supported
  • Download

Keyhole markup language (KML) file (.kml, .kmz)

  • Display in Map Viewer and desktop apps
  • Download

Layer (.lyrx)

  • Display in desktop apps

Layer file (.lyr)

  • Display in desktop apps

Layer package (.lpk or .lpkx)

  • Display in desktop apps

Layout (.pagx)

  • Display not supported
  • Download

Locator package (.gcpk)

  • Display in desktop apps
  • Download

Map package (.mpk or .mpkx)

  • Display in desktop apps
  • Download

Map service (URL)

  • Display in Map Viewer, Scene Viewer, and desktop apps

Map service definition (MSD) (.msd)

  • Display in desktop apps

Map template (.zip)

  • Display not supported
  • Download

Microsoft Excel document (.xls or .xlsx)**

  • Publish as a hosted web layer
  • Download

Microsoft PowerPoint document (.ppt or .pptx)**

  • Display not supported
  • Download

Microsoft Visio document (.vsd)**

  • Display not supported
  • Download

Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx)**

  • Display not supported
  • Download

Mobile application (URL)

  • Display in mobile apps

Mobile basemap package (.bpk)

  • Display not supported
  • Download

Mobile map package (.mmpk)

  • Display not supported
  • Download

Network analysis service (URL)

  • Use in web and desktop apps
  • Display not supported

Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Web Feature Service (WFS) (URL)

  • Display in Map Viewer and desktop apps

Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Web Map Service (WMS) (URL)

  • Display in Map Viewer, Scene Viewer, and desktop apps

Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Web Map Tile Service (WMTS) (URL)

  • Display in Map Viewer, Scene Viewer, and desktop apps

Operations Dashboard add-in (.opdashboardaddin)**

  • Display not supported

Operations Dashboard extension (URL)

  • Display not supported

Portable Document Format (PDF) (.pdf)**

  • Display not supported
  • Download

Pro map (.mapx)

  • Display not supported
  • Download

Project package (.ppkx)

  • Display not supported
  • Download

Project template (.aptx)

  • Display not supported
  • Download

Raster function template (rft.xml)

  • Display not supported
  • Download

Rule package (.rpk)

  • Display not supported
  • Download

Scene layer package (.spk or .slpk)

  • Display not supported
  • Can be published as hosted scene layer
  • Download

Scene service (URL)

  • Display in Scene Viewer and desktop apps

Service definition (SD) (.sd)

  • Display not supported
  • Publish as a hosted web layer
  • Download

Shapefile (.zip)

  • Display in Map Viewer
  • Publish as a hosted web layer
  • Download

Stream service (URL)

  • Display in Map Viewer and Scene Viewer

Tile package (.tpk)

  • Display in desktop apps
  • Publish as a hosted web layer
  • Download

Vector tile package (.vtpk)

  • Display not supported
  • Publish as a hosted web layer
  • Download

Web mapping application (URL)

  • Display in web apps

Workflow Manager service (URL)

  • Display not supported

Workflow Manager package (.wpk)

  • Download

*If you publish a hosted feature layer, only feature classes (x,y features only), tables, attachments, and relationship classes will be published.

**You must have an organizational account to add this item.

Items you create in ArcGIS Online

Some item types are automatically added to My Content when you create and save them through a related app or workflow, but they can't be added through Add Item. For example, a web map item is created through Map Viewer, ArcGIS Pro, or Content > My Content > Create, and a web scene item is created through Scene Viewer, ArcGIS Pro, or Content > My Content > Create.

The following table shows the types of items that are added to ArcGIS Online automatically when you create and save them:

Item typeNotes

Color set

Created in ArcGIS Pro and ArcMap.

Dashboard

Created from Content > My Content > Create.

Elevation layer

Created through the following steps:

  1. Create a tile package in ArcGIS Pro.
  2. Publish the tile package to ArcGIS Online.
  3. Publish a hosted elevation layer from the tile package in ArcGIS Online.

Feature collection

Created in the following ways:

Feature collection template

Created in ArcGIS Pro and ArcMap.

Feature layer

Created in the following ways:

Form

Created in Survey123 for ArcGIS.

Imagery layer

Created in ArcGIS Pro and ArcMap and published to ArcGIS Online.

Insights model (URL)

Created in Insights for ArcGIS.

Insights package

Created in Insights for ArcGIS.

Insights page (URL)

Created in Insights for ArcGIS.

Insights workbook (URL)

Created in Insights for ArcGIS.

Locator (view)

Created from Content > My Content > Create.

Map image layer

Created in ArcGIS Pro and ArcMap and published to ArcGIS Online.

Native application

Created in AppStudio for ArcGIS.

Native application installer

Created in AppStudio for ArcGIS.

Native application template

Created in AppStudio for ArcGIS.

Operation view (URL)

Created in Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS.

Relational database connection (URL)

Created in ArcGIS Pro and ArcMap.

Report template

Created in ArcGIS Business Analyst.

Route layer

Created in the following ways:

Scene layer

Created by publishing from a hosted feature layer or from a scene layer package in ArcGIS Pro.

Statistical data collection

Created in ArcGIS Business Analyst.

Symbol set

Created in ArcMap.

Table

Created in any software that supports the creation of tabular data such as spreadsheets.

Tile layer

Created in the following ways:

  • Create from Content > My Content > Create.
  • Publish from a hosted feature layer or file.
  • Author and publish from ArcGIS Pro or ArcMap.

Vector tile layer

Created in the following ways:

  • Publish from a hosted feature layer.
  • Author and publish from ArcGIS Pro or ArcMap.

Web map

Created in Map Viewer, ArcGIS Pro, or Content > My Content > Create.

Web scene

Created in Scene Viewer, ArcGIS Pro, or Content > My Content > Create.

Workforce project

Created in Workforce for ArcGIS.