As an administrator, you can configure settings in ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise, or via the configuration file to make ArcGIS Earth meet your organization's requirements. You can go to the ArcGIS Earth Sample Configuration File page and download the sample file. After installation, you can find the configuration file in the application installation directory, which is typically in the C:\Program Files\ArcGIS\Earth\bin folder.
To configure the application settings with a configuration file, keep the following in mind:
- You can preset configuration parameters and import the modified config.xml file during installation.
- The configuration file is an XML file that can be modified as needed. For example, when you edit the file, use & instead of & to specify an escape character.
- Configurations preset by the administrator are automatically loaded when a user starts the application for the first time.
- Users can adopt parameters configured by the administrator in the bin folder by clicking Reset from the application Settings.
- For per-user installation of ArcGIS Earth, you can also find and edit the configuration file in the application installation directory, for example, C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Programs\ArcGIS\Earth\bin.
Some settings in ArcGIS Earth use the organizational configurations of your ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise portal account. These settings include the basemap, elevation service, and geocoding service used by ArcGIS Earth. See Set the basemap gallery and default basemap, Configure default elevation service, and Geocoding for details if you connect to ArcGIS Enterprise. See Administer organization for details if you connect to ArcGIS Online.
Configurable application parameters
Administrators can use the configuration file to change settings without recompiling the application. Users can also set policies that affect how ArcGIS Earth runs on their machine. Administrators can access the config.xml file in the installation directory, and specify values for corresponding attributes to customize a preferred startup setting by changing configurable parameters.
General application parameters
Specifies the directory of the current workspace and whether to save a workspace on exit.
Sets the startup view as Custom or History.
Sets the spatial reference used by ArcGIS Earth as Web Mercator or WGS84. The default is WebMercator.
Displays startup tips when starting the application. The default is True.
Administrators can customize the contents of startup tips by updating the HTML files in the tips folder from the application installation directory.
Displays HTML links in the pop-up window with an external browser. The default is False.
Sets the fly-to speed between 0 and 100 and automatically zooms to a new layer. The default is True.
Sets the mouse wheel speed between 0 and 100 and wheel zoom direction to forward or backward. The default is Forward.
Turns continuous panning on (True) or off (False). The default is True.
Turns the enhanced atmosphere effect on or off. The default is Off.
Sets the elevation exaggeration factor for terrain. The default is 1.
Specifies the default location unit. The default is DMS.
Specifies the default distance unit. The default is Meters.
Specifies the default area unit. The default is SquareMeters.
Flips latitude-longitude order of coordinates on search and display. The default is True.
Sets to use proxy (Boolean; optional). The default is False.
Specifies the address for the proxy server.
Specifies the user name for the proxy server.
Specifies the password for the proxy server.
Administrator application parameters
Sets ArcGIS Earth as the default KML viewer. The default is True.
Blocks request and portal connection to ArcGIS Online when starting ArcGIS Earth. The default is False.
Sets the portal URLs to where ArcGIS Earth will connect.
If the administrator lists multiple portal URLs in the configuration file, ArcGIS Earth will use the first portal as the active portal after installation.
Specifies the font for labels of the drawing element.
Use the font name inside the font file as the element value, and make sure the specified font file is installed on your operating system.
Records log information in the ESRI\ArcGISEarth\logs folder from user's AppData directory, for example, C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming.
Records error logs by Debug, Info, Warning, and Error categories. The default is True.
Sets the maximum value of each log size. The default is 10000.
The maximum number of log files to be stored. The default is 1000.
Sets up startup layers in the table of contents and configures the name, URL, type, and visibility.
Organizes startup layers into hierarchical groups.
Sets the basemaps for your organization.
Organizational basemap layers support data types including KML/KMZ, WMS, raster, tile package, scene layer package, and ArcGIS services.
Sets up terrains for your organization.
Organizational terrain layers support data types including local raster and elevation image service. See Basemap and terrain for more details.
Allows an administrator to enter a URL with some encoded values, which will be recognized by ArcGIS Earth and filled with location information. When using Ctrl+Right-click on the globe, the URL will be invoked and the latitude, longitude, and elevation of the point clicked will be passed to that URL. As long as the URL returns a valid KML file, the KML file will be displayed in the viewport.
Read an example from the ArcGIS Blog: Point Based Service access with ArcGIS Earth.
Sets up the key attribute on the add element under the ServiceURL element to enable this feature.
Sets up information that ArcGIS Earth will read. The information is a KML file returned from the service call without storing it on disk.
Enables access to a local KML Icons folder. The default is False.
If it's set as False, ArcGIS Earth will use KML icons from google.com. If it's True, and the value for path is left empty, ArcGIS Earth will use local KML icons from the \resources\symbols\kml folder in the installation directory, typically C:\Program Files\ArcGIS\Earth\.
Sets up the local KML icon path. You can point to a customized icon folder.
Specifies the display text for acknowledgements.
Specifies the URL address for acknowledgements.
Specifies the display text for help.
Specifies the URL address for help.
Sets the banner height.
Sets the background color of the banner.
Sets the offset to the bottom of the frame.
Edits the banner text.
Sets the alignment between texts.
Specifies and sets the text color of the banner.
Specifies the font name for the text of the banner.
Specifies and sets the text size of the banner.
Specifies and sets the text style of the banner.