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Share a layer on ArcGIS

Sharing your ArcGIS Maps for SharePoint layers to ArcGIS is a quick and easy way to share information with others in your organization or in the ArcGIS public community. You can share individual layers or the entire map.

When you share a layer, a hosted feature service is created on ArcGIS, where you can do more work on it.


You can only share layers to ArcGIS if you are signed in with an organizational account that has publisher permissions. If you are unsure of your account permissions, contact your ArcGIS subscription administrator.

Only layers that have been created with ArcGIS Maps for SharePoint can be shared. You cannot share layers to ArcGIS that you've added using the Search function.

  1. Sign in to ArcGIS if you are not already signed in. For more information, see Sign in to ArcGIS.
  2. Click the Contents tab to display the Contents pane.
  3. In the Contents pane, click the Settings icon to the right of the layer you want to share.

    Heat map layers cannot be shared to ArcGIS as layers but can be shared as part of a map. In the map viewer on and ArcGIS Explorer Online, the heat map layer displays as a point layer instead of rendering as a heat map.

    If you want to share a layer with clustering applied, the layer is shared as a point layer without clustering.

  4. Click Share layer. Note that publishing may take several minutes depending on the amount of data in your layer.

    Share layer will only be visible if you've selected a layer that can be shared on ArcGIS. Layers you create with data from your business system can be shared on ArcGIS. Layers you've added using the Search cannot be shared.

    Once the map has published successfully, a message appears telling you it has successfully published. Click OK to close the message.


    You can update the layer and republish it on ArcGIS by clicking Update shared map under the settings icon next to the shared layer and modify the information you entered as needed.

  5. Specify a title, tags, and a description for the layer and choose whether to share it with everyone (public), your organization, or any groups to which you belong.
  6. Click Share.