Share your work

Share your work as images, or save it as a workspace and a KMZ file.

Share as a KMZ file

Beginning with ArcGIS Earth 1.12, you can share KML with your organizations as a KMZ file. To share KML, complete the following steps:

  1. Verify that you are signed in and have privileges to share data to ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise.
  2. Expand the table of contents, right-click the KML layer that you want to share, and click Share to.

    The Share KML to Portal window appears.

  3. Specify values for the item in the Name, Summary, and Tags fields, and for Portal Folder, choose a location where you want to place the item. In the Share With section, select who you want to share the item with.

    The options include everyone, the organization, or groups in the organization. You can also unshare the item by unselecting the options.


  • When KML is shared from ArcGIS Earth to ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise, the download option is only available for items that are shared with Organization or Owner.
  • The KML sharing option is available for a KML layer, KML drawings, the My Drawings folder, folders that include KML layers, and the entire My Data folder.
  • While sharing the My Data folder or a folder that includes KML layers, note that not all of the data in the folder will be shared. Only KML data is shared.
  • If KML data is too large and exceeds the 10 MB limit for ArcGIS Online Map Viewer, it will not be loaded successfully in Map Viewer when shared to ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise. However, you can add and load this portal item back in ArcGIS Earth.
  • Photo overlay and KML tours cannot be shared from within a folder; they need to be shared as an individual KML layer.

Save as a KMZ file

You can save drawing elements, 3D models in .dae files, feature layers, and CSV and TXT files as KMZ files and share them with your collaborators as described in the following steps:

  1. To save drawings, right-click a folder that contains drawing elements or an individual drawing element. To save feature layers and CSV and TXT files, right-click the file in the table of contents.
  2. To save a 3D model, right-click the layer in the table of contents.

    The 3D model and textures under the same folder path are saved as a KMZ file.

  3. Click Save as in the context menu to save your data as a KMZ file (.kmz).
  • See KML support for COLLADA common files when saving certain 3D models as a KMZ file.
  • Feature services can be saved as KMZ files only if export is enabled for the service. Otherwise, the Save as option is unavailable.

Send by email as a KMZ file

You can now send KML as a KMZ file by email and share it for visualization and further analysis:

  • To send a single KML layer, right-click the layer and click Email.
  • To send KML drawings, right-click My Drawings and click Email.
  • To send KML layers located in a folder or send the entire My Data folder, right-click the folder or My Data folder and click Email KML.

While sending a My Data folder or a folder that includes a KML layer, note that not all of the data in the folder will be sent. Only KML data is sent.

Save to a workspace directory

ArcGIS Earth allows you to open, save as, export, import, and clear workspace contents or share your workspace. To save a work in progress, you can save your workspace to a specific directory. To collaborate, you can export the workspace to a shared location from which others can import it and continue working on it. These processes are as follows:

  • Click Open Open workspace to open an existing workspace and continue your work with it.
  • Click Save as Save as workspace to save your current workspace to a specified workspace directory. By default, the workspace directory is set to your Documents folder
  • Click Import workspace Import workspace to import a workspace from a specified directory. Your current workspace will be replaced when you click OK.
  • Click Export workspace Export workspace to save a workspace to the current directory location.
  • Click Clear workspace Clear workspace to remove all content in the current workspace.
  • Click Reset to revert to the default workspace directory and reset all the settings to the default.
  • Select Autosave workspace to have your current workspace automatically saved.
  • A warning icon Warning appears in the table of contents when a data path has changed, data is not accessible, or a layer's tiling scheme does not align with the spatial reference of the current application.

  • The Reset option reverts the workspace settings to the default directory. The current workspace will not change until you restart the application. The current workspace will be reverted to the default workspace directory immediately.

A workspace helps save the current working status and content. Specifically, you can find the following data from a workspace directory:

  • The basemap_layers.json file stores information and the status of basemap layers added on Basemap and Terrain.
  • The elevation_layers.json file stores information and the status of terrain layers added on Basemap and Terrain.
  • The operational_layers.json file stores information and the status of layers added in the table of contents.
  • The bookmark.json file stores bookmarks information saved in the Bookmarks list.
  • The movies.json file stores movie tracks and blocks information saved in the Movie editor.
  • The data folder contains your geocoded CSV and TXT data added in the table of contents.
  • The styles folder contains the imported mobile style files and dictionary style files by users.
  • The custom_icons folder contains the custom icons added in My Drawings.

  • In Basemap and Terrain, the default basemap and terrain layers set in the ArcGIS Enterprise portal or by the administrator will not be saved when you export a workspace.
  • ArcGIS Earth supports importing and exporting a workspace starting at version 1.2. Workspaces from earlier versions are not compatible.
  • Some drawing styles, such as dashed lines or placemark icons of ArcGIS Earth 1.2, may not be well supported in the latest release.
  • The ArcGIS Earth workspace supports saving bookmarks starting at version 1.8.
  • The default ArcGIS Earth workspace directory is updated to your Documents folder starting at version 1.8.
  • ArcGIS Earth supports to open an existing workspace starting at version 2.1.