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Publish hosted scene layers

You can upload a scene layer package to your organization and publish a hosted scene layer.

You must have privileges to create content, publish hosted feature layers, and publish hosted scene layers.

Publish from a scene layer package

A scene layer package contains a scene layer and its data. Beginning with ArcGIS Pro 1.3, you can use the Create Scene Layer Package geoprocessing tool to create a scene layer package. When you add a scene layer package to ArcGIS Online, you have the option to publish a hosted scene layer.

Follow these steps to upload a scene layer package and publish a hosted scene layer:

  1. Sign in to your organization and open My Content.
  2. Click Add Item > From my computer.
  3. Click the browse button and choose the scene layer package on your computer.
  4. Type a title and tags that describe the scene layer package.
  5. Check the box next to Publish this file as a hosted layer.

    If you leave the box unchecked, your scene layer package is added to My Content, but no scene layer is published. You can publish it later by opening the item details page for the scene layer package and clicking Publish.

  6. Click Add Item.

Publish from a hosted feature layer (beta)

You can publish a hosted scene layer from a hosted feature layer that contains only point layers or only multipatch layers. When you publish a hosted scene layer from a hosted feature layer, the scene layer uses the pop-ups you configured on the hosted feature layer. Point scene layers created from hosted feature layers can also take advantage of drawing styles in the scene viewer.

Be aware of the following when publishing a hosted scene layer from a hosted feature layer:

  • You must be the owner of the hosted feature layer from which you publish the hosted scene layer.
  • The hosted feature layer can contain multiple layers, but all the layers must contain the same geometry type. For example, all the layers in the hosted feature layer must be point layers or all the layers in the hosted feature layer must be multipatch layers.
  • If your hosted feature layer data is stored in the World Geodetic System 1984 (WGS84) reference system, the hosted scene layer will use the WGS84 reference system, and it can be used in global scenes.
  • If your hosted feature layer data is stored in the Web Mercator projection, you can publish a hosted scene layer in the Web Mercator projection, and it can be used in global or local scenes.
  • If your hosted feature layer data is stored in any other projected coordinate system, you can publish the hosted scene layer in WGS84 for global scenes, or publish the hosted scene layer in the hosted feature layer's projected coordinate system for use in local scenes.
  • If your hosted feature layer data is stored in a geographic coordinate system, the hosted scene layer will be published in a WGS84 scene layer and can be used in global scenes.
  • When publishing a hosted scene layer from a hosted feature layer, you are not charged additional credits for publishing or storing the data at this release because this is a beta feature. Publishing scene layers from scene layer packages are not in beta and will have a credit cost.
  • When you publish point scene layers from a hosted feature layer, ArcGIS Online copies the renderer defined for the hosted feature layer. The following styles are currently unsupported, and you cannot publish a point scene layer from a hosted feature layer that has one of these styles applied: Predominance, Predominance and Size, Heat Map, or any style that uses a date field to classify the data, such as Continuous Timeline (Size), Age (Color), or Types & Size (Age). You also cannot publish a point scene layer from a feature layer that has labels or time configured.

    To publish a point scene layer, change the style settings on the hosted feature layer and remove labels.

Follow these steps to publish a hosted scene layer from a hosted feature layer:

  1. Sign in to your organization.

    You must sign in with an account that has privileges to publish hosted feature layers, publish hosted scene layers, and create, update, and delete content.

  2. Open My Content and open the item page for the hosted feature layer from which you want to publish.
  3. Click Publish > Scene layer.
  4. Type a unique title for the hosted scene layer.
  5. Type tag terms separated by commas.

    Tags are words or short phrases that describe your item and help people find your item when searching. Federal land is considered one tag, while Federal,land is considered two tags.

  6. Type a summary that describes the hosted scene layer.
  7. Choose the folder where the hosted feature layer will be stored.
  8. If your hosted feature layer data is stored in a projected coordinate system other than Web Mercator, you can choose to use the scene layer in a Global Scene or a Local Scene.
  9. Click OK to publish.