Add files as items

You can add supported files from your computer, a shared network location, or a cloud location. When you add a file, an item is created in My content that you can share with others so they can download and use the files.

Other reasons to add files as items include the following:


You must sign in with an organizational account to add specific types of files. These are noted with an asterisk in the list of supported file types in What can you add to ArcGIS Online?

Follow these steps to add a file to ArcGIS Online:

  1. Verify that you are signed in and have the privilege to create content.
  2. On the My content tab of the content page, click New item.
  3. Choose the location where the file is stored.
    • Your device—Browse to the location of the file on your local machine or a directory on a network share and click Open.

      Alternatively, drag the file into the drop zone at the top of the New item window.

    • Google Drive—Sign in to your Google Drive account.
    • Dropbox—Sign in to your Dropbox account.
    • OneDrive—Sign in to your Microsoft OneDrive account.
  4. If you add a .zip file, choose the content type from the Item type drop-down menu.

    Depending on the item type, you may need to provide additional information. For example, if you added a .zip file containing a code sample, choose the language of the sample.

  5. Choose the option to add the file only and click Next.
  6. Type a title.
  7. Choose a folder in My content where you want to save the item.
  8. If your organization has set up content categories, click Assign categories and select up to 20 categories to help people find the item.

    You can also start typing a category name to narrow the list of categories.

  9. Optionally, type tags that describe the item.

    Separate the terms with commas (for example, Federal land is considered one tag; Federal, land is considered two tags).

    As you type, you can select any of the suggested tags that appear; suggestions are generated from tags you have added previously.

  10. Optionally, provide a summary that describes the item.
  11. Click Save.

Once you add the file, it appears in your content.

Configure item details and share the item if you have sharing privileges.

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