Get started as an organization member

With a subscription to ArcGIS Online, organizations can manage all of their geographic content in a secure, cloud-based Esri environment. Members of the organization can create and share maps, apps, and other content; explore data; and publish data as hosted web layers.


ArcGIS Online administrators customize the website, invite and add members to the organization, and manage organization resources. To discover learning resources designed for administrators, see Get started as an administrator.

Members are invited to join an organization or added automatically by that organization's administrator. Either way, you must have an ArcGIS account. If you were invited, your invitation will have account details. If you were added automatically, your administrator will give you account details. Once you have your account, open a web browser to, sign in, and update your profile. You can also sign in directly to your organization if you know the URL. For the best performance, especially with maps, use a supported browser.

All members see a customized view of the site and can use the content that is shared with the organization. Depending on your privileges, you can also create maps and other types of content, add items to the site, join and create groups, and publish hosted web layers. What you can do depends on your privileges.

Explore the following sections to help you get started with ArcGIS Online.

Begin with the basics

ArcGIS Online gives you access to a variety of geospatial content. The following topics cover the basics of exploring and using content:

Once you're familiar with the basics, you can dive into creating and managing your own content. Explore the following topics to learn more:

Try a tutorial

The Try ArcGIS Online tutorial series is a set of resources for you to explore sequentially to learn about ArcGIS Online.

In addition, the ArcGIS Online tutorials guide you through meaningful real-world scenarios that allow you to experience the powerful capabilities of ArcGIS Online for yourself. The following tutorials will help you be successful in your current work and inspire you to explore ArcGIS Online further on your own:

  • Create a policy map—Learn the basics of web mapping in ArcGIS Online as you create a policy map to address health conditions.
  • Create a scene—Create a 3D scene of Portland, Oregon's urban trees.
  • Explore spatial data—Visually explore a map to find the best location for launching luxury travel services for baby boomers.
  • Solve a spatial problem—Identify campgrounds near an invasive weed to prevent its spread.
  • Create an app—Create a web app to share your business site proposal.
  • Share a map—Learn the basics of sharing content in ArcGIS Online as you assume the role of a web content creator for the City of Red Deer, Alberta.
  • Manage data—Learn the basics of managing data in ArcGIS Online as you assume the role of a municipal employee who wants to publish a layer of coyote activity for a crowdsourcing solution.

Watch a video

The Getting Started video playlist provides a quick introduction to the key capabilities of ArcGIS Online. Explore the following videos to help you get started: