Layers are the contents of a map. They include a wide range of information about people, the earth, life, and so on, and are composed of imagery, tiles, features, and more. To add layers to a map, sign in to your organization and open Map Viewer. You can search for public layers in ArcGIS Online, layers in your content or organization, and subscription layers from ArcGIS Marketplace. You can also add layers from a URL.
When you save a map, the layers you added are saved with it, and the map appears on the My Content tab of the Content page.
Note:You can explore maps, add and configure layers, and more without signing in. To save your work, sign in before creating a map.
The following table shows the layers you can add to a map and the method to use to add them. When you save the map, any items you've added are saved with the map and the map appears on the My Content tab on the content page.
|Layer type||How you add it|
ArcGIS Server service
Service types include feature, map, imagery, tile, and stream services.
Comma-separated values (CSV) file (.csv)
CSV file from a third-party data provider
GeoJSON file (.json or .geojson)
GeoRSS web feed
Keyhole markup language (KML) document
Layers from ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World
Marketplace subscription layers
Microsoft Excel spreadsheet (.xls or .xlsx)
Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) API - Features layer
Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) GeoPackage
Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Web Feature Service (WFS) layer
OGC Web Map Service (WMS) layer
OGC Web Map Tile Service (WMTS) layer
Public layers on ArcGIS Online
Tile layer from a third-party data provider
Web layers hosted in your organization
Layer types include elevation layer, feature layer, map image layer, imagery layer, tile layer, tiled imagery layer, and group layer.
Search for layers available to you in your organization.