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Use the analysis tools

Below you'll find information about accessing and using the analysis tools. This information applies to all tools.


The administrator of your organization needs to grant you certain privileges for you to perform analysis. To use any of the analysis tools, you need the following privileges:

  • Create, update, and delete content
  • Publish hosted feature layers
  • Spatial Analysis

If you do not have these privileges, you will not see the Perform Analysis option as described below.

Certain tools need additional privileges such as Network Analysis and GeoEnrichment. See Perform analysis for more information about these tools.

Access the tools

To access and use analysis tools in Map Viewer, follow these steps:

  1. Open a web map containing the feature layer or layers you want to analyze in Map Viewer.
  2. Click the Contents button in the Details pane.
  3. Do one of the following:
    • Click the Analysis button Analysis button on the map menu bar.
    • Hover over the layer you want to analyze and click the Analysis button Analysis button.

Both actions open the Perform Analysis pane.

Explore the Perform Analysis pane

The Perform Analysis pane is illustrated below. This pane contains a number of categories and each category contains tools. To view the tools within a category, click the expand or collapse button on the left side of the category.

Analysis categories and tools

Return to the Details pane

Return to the Details pane.

Expand the category to view tools within

Expand the category to view the tools it contains.

View help about the category

View help about the category.

View help for the tool

View help for the tool.

Work with a tool pane

To open an analysis tool pane, click the tool icon. This opens the tool's pane as illustrated below with the Aggregate Points tool.

Aggregate Points pane

Close the tool pane without running the analysis

Close the tool pane without running the analysis and return to the Perform Analysis pane.

Get help about a parameter

Get help about a parameter.

The result of running the analysis is saved to Content using this name

The result of running the analysis is saved to Content using this name.

You can specify a folder in Content in which to save the result

You can specify a folder in Content in which to save the result.

Show how many credits will be used if you run the analysis

Show how many credits will be used if you run the analysis.

If checked, only the data visible in the current map will be analyzed

If checked, only the data visible in the current map will be analyzed.


Before running an analysis tool in ArcGIS Online, you can use the credit estimator to calculate the expected number of credits that will be used. If your organization has enabled credit budgeting and the expected number of credits exceeds the number of credits allocated to you, ArcGIS Online displays an error message. For more on credit allocation and consumption, see Understand credits.

Each tool has a different set of parameters. You can always view help for a parameter by clicking the help icon next to the parameter as illustrated above. All tools have a Result layer name parameter where the results of running the analysis are written. You can change this name or use the default value.

Use current map extent

It is recommended that you always check Use current map extent and that you zoom in to the area you want analyzed. Doing so limits the number of features the tool needs to examine when performing analysis as well as limiting the number of credits used by the tool. If you uncheck Use current map extent, all features in the analysis layer will potentially be analyzed, and credits used by the tool will be based on the number of features in the layer.

Rerun analysis tools

Analysis tools can be rerun by clicking the Rerun Analysis button Rerun analysis for a result layer. Rerun Analysis will open the tool that was used to create the layer and repopulate all of the parameters. The tool can be rerun with the same parameters, or the parameters, including inputs, can be updated before the tool is run.

When rerunning analysis tools, the state of the current map will be honored, including filters, extent, input layers, and output folder. If you want to ensure that an analysis is rerun at a specific extent, create a bookmark. If you share your results with the intention of allowing other users to rerun your analysis, you may need to share your input layers as well. If you open a tool using Rerun Analysis and the input layers are not available, a warning will be displayed but the tool can still be run with different inputs.


Analysis tools can only be rerun for result layers created after June 26, 2017.

The Result layer name from the previous iteration will be used when you open an analysis tool using Rerun Analysis. You must create a unique name before rerunning a tool.

Layers and data you can analyze


Some tools only work on certain kinds of feature types; for example, Aggregate Points requires an input layer containing point features.

You have the following options when choosing a layer to analyze:

  • Choose a layer from your map.
  • Use Choose Analysis Layer to view and select any layer in the portal to which you have access, including feature layers from your content or shared with you, or Living Atlas Analysis Layers.

Use an asterisk (*) as a wild card when searching for content in the Choose Analysis Layer window. For example, if you are looking for layers with Australia in their title, search for Aus*.

You can perform analysis on the following types of layers and data:

  • Feature service

    The feature service must be publically accessible; that is, the URL to the service must be a public URL, not one only accessible behind a firewall. Layers based on nonaccessible feature services will not have the Perform Analysis menu choice.

    ArcGIS Server feature services you add to ArcGIS Online must contain fewer than 100,000 features to be used in analysis. As the complexity of the features in the service increases, the number of features you can analyze decreases. For example, if the service contains polygon features that have thousands of vertices each, you might only be able to analyze a few hundred features. If the number or complexity of features exceeds what the tool can support, you will receive an error message.

  • Map service

    As with feature services, the map service must be publically accessible.

  • Hosted feature layers
  • Hosted WFS layers
  • Hosted tile layers

    The layer must have the query capability enabled.

  • Comma-separated values (CSV) file (.csv)
  • KML layers
  • GPS exchange format file (.gpx)
  • Shapefile (.zip)
  • GeoRSS web feed
  • Map notes
  • Route layers
  • WFS layers
  • Tables


You are unable to perform analysis on layers outside of your organization that use web-tier authentication.