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Add data to ArcGIS Earth

ArcGIS Earth allows you to use a variety of items from ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Enterprise, local data, and web services.

ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise

The quickest way to get started is to add existing layers to the globe from ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise. After signing in, click the Add data button Add data. You are presented with options to browse, filter, and search data in Public, My Content, My Groups, and My Organization as set up in your account.

You can access data from ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise from the Add data panel. The Portal tab appears on the panel if you've set an ArcGIS Enterprise portal as the active portal.

Data accessibility is also associated with active portal connection status. For example, data with sharing limitations is only accessible when you've signed in to an active portal, and data set to Everyone is always accessible in a stable network environment.

Local files

To view local file data from your computer or shared drive in ArcGIS Earth, choose the Add Files option on the Add Data panel. Supported local data includes the following:

  • You can double-click a KML or KMZ file on your local file system to start ArcGIS Earth.
  • To create a tile package or a scene layer package, you can use ArcMap or ArcGIS Pro.


You can provide the URL of a service, a portal item, or a file to access the data. Supported services include the following:


You can drag a service URL or a data path into the viewport or the table of contents, and the services will display as if you had typed the URL on the Add Data panel.

  • A layer can't be added to ArcGIS Earth if its tiling scheme can't be adjusted to align with the spatial reference of the current application.
  • When adding, web scene and web map layers are merged to the ArcGIS Earth workspace as structured folders.
  • Group layer and slides configured in a web scene are currently not supported.
  • Pre 2.0 Web Map is not supported.

3D model

You can add 3D models to the globe and export them as KMZ files. Once you finish adding a 3D model, it appears in the table of contents as a new layer. ArcGIS Earth also supports saving .dae models as KMZ files. See Save as a KMZ file for details.

Once a 3D model is added, you have options to change the location and heading in the scene by dragging the Move Move and Rotate Rotate icons. Use Undo Undo and Redo Redo or keyboard shortcuts to control the editing process.

You can also configure 3D model properties using the General, View, and Info tabs as follows:

  • General—Change the name, position, altitude mode, scale, heading, tilt, and roll properties. Click Reset Reset to reset the scale, heading, tilt, and roll properties to their default value. ArcGIS Earth supports three types of altitude modes: draped, absolute, and relative.
  • View—Set the fly-to view of the current 3D model.
  • Info—Type descriptions for the 3D model on the Rich Text tab. Descriptions are displayed in a pop-up window when the 3D model is clicked. You can also edit the HTML code and preview it on the Rich Text tab.

The following table lists the supported 3D model types:


3ds Max 3DS






Wavefront Object




DirectX X


Stanford Polygon Library




Industry Foundation Classes (IFC/Step)



Raster data provides a unique way of conceptualizing, analyzing, and visualizing geographic phenomena that is distinct from vector data. You can add raster data to ArcGIS Earth as an operational layer, a basemap layer, or an elevation layer. Once a raster layer has been added as an operational layer, you can right-click the layer to edit its properties and control how the data is visualized on the scene.

ArcGIS Earth supports a subset of raster file formats as follows:

  • DTED0,1, 2
  • GeoTIFF
  • IMG
  • JPEG
  • JPEG2000
  • NITF
  • PNG
  • SRTM1, 2
  • MrSID

CSV and TXT files

You can add features from a delimited text file (.txt) or comma-separated values text file (.csv) that include latitude and longitude or address information. Once you've added your feature file, you can edit the properties of the layer that is created, similar to shapefiles. The file must include at least one pair of coordinate fields or one or more address fields. The first row will be used as field names. ArcGIS Online users with World Geocoder for ArcGIS and ArcGIS Enterprise users with a configured geocoder can use batch address geocoding.

Once a qualified CSV or TXT file is added, you have options to refine the geocoding process.

The Configuration panel depicts your data and how it will appear after it's imported. The options are as follows:

  • Text Encoding—Select different text encoding standards for feature attributes of the new layer created from the CSV or TXT file.
  • Coordinate System—Select from a local projection file, or use WGS84 as the spatial reference.
  • Locate Mode—If the data has X and Y fields, such as latitude and longitude, choose XY to locate features on the globe. If the data has address information and you're signed in to a portal with a configured geocoder or to ArcGIS Online with a subscription, choose Address to set up the address fields used for geocoding.
  • Geocoder—Available after you choose Address. Select the address locator or geocoder from your portal, or from ArcGIS Online, and use it for batch geocoding. On-premises geocoding does not consume credits. Esri World Geocoder does consume credits. See service credits for geocoding for details.
  • Address Fields—Available after you choose Address. Choose Multiple Fields if the input address is spilt into multiple fields. Choose Single Field if the input address is stored in one field.

The Pop-up panel provides the following options to configure pop-up settings:

  • Title—Specify a title field from the input file.
  • Contents—Specify the field type and check which field will be visible in pop-up windows when clicking features in the view.

  • The address field can contain multiple parts of an address (sometimes called single-line geocoding).
  • ArcGIS Earth does not support a country field in the incoming dataset. By default, it geocodes addresses based on your geocoder setting. You can choose from a country list if the parameter exists in the geocoder.
  • Batch geocoded results will be stored in the current workspace folder.

WMS and WMTS services


OGC WMS is a dynamic map service that follows the OGC Web Map Service specification.

To add an OGC WMS layer, complete the following steps:

  1. Choose an OGC WMS service and enter its web address in the URL field.


    If you need to access your service over HTTPS, make sure to enter the URL starting with https.

    A list of available layers appears.

  2. Select the layer you want to add.
  3. Click OK to add the layer.


OGC WMTS is a set of cached image tiles that follows the OGC Web Map Tile Service specification.

To add an OGC WMTS layer, complete the following steps:

  1. Choose an OGC WMTS layer and enter the layer's web address in the URL field.

    A list of available layers appears.

  2. Select the layer you want to add.
  3. Click OK to add the layer.
  4. Repeat the previous steps to add additional WMTS layers.

View time-based animation

If a time slider is at the bottom of a map, it means that the map includes one or more temporal KML or KMZ layers, and you can interactively view your data changing over time. Using the slider controls, you can control the animation of your data over time to play or pause, go to the previous time interval, and go to the next time interval. If your map contains multiple time-aware datasets and they are active, the time slider will calculate steps according to the ranges of all datasets combined.

To view time-based animation, complete the following steps:

  1. Add a KML or KMZ file to ArcGIS Earth.

    Look for the time slider at the bottom of the view. If the time slider is not visible, it means that the map does not contain any time-aware layers or that the time-aware layers are not currently visible.

  2. Click the Play button to begin animating the layer.
  3. Optionally use the sliders to manually adjust the time interval that appears on the map.
  4. Click the Pause button to pause the animation.
  5. Click the Previous button to go back to the last data interval.
  6. Click the Next button to advance to the next data interval.
  7. Click the Settings button to the right of the slider to configure the animation control settings. The options are as follows:
    • Play Option—Control what happens after the animation plays once, including Repeat, Reverse, and Stop.
      • Repeat—Loop animation from the beginning.
      • Reverse—Replay animation from the end to the beginning.
      • Stop—Stop the animation.
    • Play Mode—Control how the animation plays.
      • Move by step—The overall time interval plays one step at a time based on the steps identified in the KML or KMZ data.
      • Move by interval—Play animation by showing data within the range of steps or time between the left and right anchors and by moving the full interval at each animation step.
      • Move to end—Step through the range defined by the left and right anchors.
    • Animation Speed—Use this slider to set animation speed.

Map tour

With ArcGIS Earth, you can explore the world by adding a map tour KMZ file. To play a tour, double-click the layer with the play icon Play tour in the table of contents. The tour player appears on the right. The map tour player supports pause and repeat and displays total duration of the current tour. You can also pause the tour by clicking the viewport or pressing the Spacebar.

  • Pause/Play—Pause or play the tour.
  • Repeat—Loop the tour from the beginning.
  • Close—Exit the tour and close the tour player.