What can you add to ArcGIS Online?

If you have privileges to create content, you can add many types of content as items to ArcGIS Online. You can add many item types by clicking Content > My Content > New item. When you add a layer from a file in Map Viewer, an item is also created for it. Supported item types are listed below in Items you add to ArcGIS Online.

Other types of items, such as a web map item, are automatically added to ArcGIS Online when you create and save them through a related app or workflow—for example, creating a map in Map Viewer or in Map Viewer Classic.

You can upload files up to 500 GB to My Content through a web browser.

Items you add to ArcGIS Online

The following table lists the types of files and URLs you can add through New item. All of the items in this table can be added by clicking Content > My Content > New item. A subset of items can be added in Map Viewer when you add a file as a layer. These are noted below.

Item typeDescription

360 VR Experience (.3vr)

A 360-degree virtual reality experience that allows you to explore a set of connected, geolocated panoramic 3D visualizations or photos.

Apache Parquet (.parquet)

A highly compressed column-oriented tabular, nonspatial storage and sharing format (.parquet file).

AppBuilder widget package (.zip)*

The AppBuilder widget package item type is a custom widget compressed in a .zip file.

Note:

This item type can only be created and owned by organization administrators.

Application (URL)

An app other than a web mapping app, mobile app, or desktop app.

ArcGIS Desktop add-in (.esriaddin)

An ArcGIS Desktop add-in file (.esriaddin), which allows you to share a Python add-in.

ArcGIS Explorer add-in (.eaz)

An ArcGIS Explorer add-in file (.eaz) to add functionality.

Legacy:

ArcGIS Explorer was retired in January 2018.

ArcGIS Explorer application configuration (.ncfg)

Stores configuration information in an .ncfg file to alter the appearance and behavior of ArcGIS Explorer.

Legacy:

ArcGIS Explorer was retired in January 2018.

ArcGIS Explorer document (.nmf)

An ArcGIS Explorer map document (.nmf file).

Legacy:

ArcGIS Explorer was retired in January 2018.

ArcGIS Explorer layer (.nmc)

An ArcGIS Explorer layer file (.nmc).

ArcGIS for Windows Mobile package (.wmpk)

An ArcGIS for Windows Mobile package represents a map that can be opened in the ArcGIS for Windows Mobile app.

Legacy:

ArcGIS for Windows Mobile software was retired in July 2017.

ArcGIS Pro add-in (.esriaddinx)

An ArcGIS Pro add-in file (.esriaddinx).

ArcGIS Pro configuration (.proconfigX)

A configuration file (.proconfigX) contains customizations of ArcGIS Pro, including a custom splash screen and startup page as well as tools, dock panes, and menus.

ArcGlobe document (.3dd)

A 3D document file (.3dd) that is created when you save an ArcGlobe document.

ArcMap document (.mxd)

Stores an ArcMap map and its properties. Created when you save a map in ArcMap.

ArcPad package (.zip)

An ArcPad package file (.zip) generated in ArcPad Data Manager.

Legacy:

ArcPad software was retired in December 2021.

ArcReader document (.pmf)

An ArcReader published map file document (.pmf file).

ArcScene document (.sxd)

A 3D document file (.sxd) created in ArcScene.

CityEngine web scene (.3ws)

An interactive 3D display of geospatial content created withCityEngine (.3ws file).

Code sample (.zip)

A code sample file or set of files compressed in a .zip file.

Comma-separated values (CSV) collection (.zip)

Multiple comma-separated values (CSV) files compressed in a .zip file. Each CSV file is equivalent to one layer.

Comma-separated values (CSV) file (.csv)

A text file of data values separated by commas (.csv).

Also creates an item when added as a layer in Map Viewer.

Computer-Aided Design (CAD) drawing (.zip)

A CAD drawing compressed to a single .zip file.

Deep learning package (.zip or .dlpk)

A deep learning model package (.dlpk file) is generated using the Train Deep Learning Model geoprocessing tool in ArcGIS Pro or Deep Learning Studio. Deep learning model package files can be used as input to geoprocessing tools or analysis tools in web maps.

You can also place a .dlpk file in a .zip file.

Desktop application (.zip)

The installation files for a desktop application, compressed in a .zip file.

Desktop application template (.zip)

The desktop application template (.zip file) includes either a desktop add-in or a toolbar.exe file.

Desktop style (.stylx)

An ArcGIS Pro style file (.stylx).

Document link (URL to online document)*

A link to a document resource on the web.

Earth configuration (.xml)*

This item is used to create custom settings in ArcGIS Earth. An Earth configuration file is saved as an .xml file.

Esri classifier definition (.ecd)

The Esri Classifier Definition item type is a JSON file with an .ecd extension that contains attribute information, statistics, and other information for classification and regression models for raster analysis and training tools.

Experience Builder widget (URL)*

A custom widget that can be used in ArcGIS Experience Builder in an organization.

Note:

This item type can only be created and owned by organization administrators. This item cannot be shared outside the organization.

Experience Builder widget package (.zip)*

A custom widget that is a configurable and shareable functional unit for use in ArcGIS Experience Builder.

Note:

This item type can only be created and owned by organization administrators. This item cannot be shared outside the organization.

Feature service (URL)

An ArcGIS Server feature service.

File geodatabase (.zip)

A file geodatabase compressed in a .zip file.

Because multiple files compose a file geodatabase, you must compress all the files in a .zip file to add a file geodatabase to ArcGIS Online.

Also creates an item when added as a layer in Map Viewer.

Geocode service (URL)

An ArcGIS Server geocode service.

Geodata service (URL)

An ArcGIS Server geodata service.

GeoJSON (URL)

A URL link to import a GeoJSON document.

GeoJSON file (.geojson or .json)

An open standard geospatial data interchange format that represents simple geographic features and their nonspatial attributes. GeoJSON is a format for encoding a variety of geographic data structures based on the JSON format.

Also creates an item when added as a layer in Map Viewer.

Geometry service (URL)

An ArcGIS Server geometry service.

Geoprocessing package (.gpk or .gpkx)

An ArcGIS geoprocessing package file (.gpk or .gpkx).

Geoprocessing sample (.zip)

A collection of toolboxes, scripts, models, data, and supplemental files used to run geoprocessing tools in ArcGIS.

Geoprocessing service (URL)

An ArcGIS Server geoprocessing service.

Globe service (URL)

An ArcGIS Server globe service.

Legacy:

Support for globe services ended at ArcGIS Enterprise 10.5.

GML (.zip)*

The Geography Markup Language (GML) file (.zip) is an XML grammar defined by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) for expressing geographical features, serving as both a modeling language and an interchange format.

Image collection (.zip)**

A portable file containing one or more images that can be published as an image service for imagery visualization and analysis or a feature service.

Note:
It is recommended that you publish an image collection as a hosted imagery layer when adding the image collection to ArcGIS Online.

Image file (.gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .tif, or .tiff)*

An imagery file (.gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .tif, or .tiff). These files can be used as a source for image services and imagery layers.

Image service (URL)

An ArcGIS Server image service.

Insights workbook package (.insightswbk)*

An Insights workbook package is an exportable file (.insightswbk) containing all aspects of an Insights workbook. All pages, data, models, and themes are included in the package exactly as they appear in the original workbook.

The workbook package file can be distributed and imported to other Insights deployments.

iWork Keynote (.key)*

An iWork Keynote file (.key).

iWork Numbers (.numbers)*

An iWork Numbers file (.numbers).

iWork Pages (.pages)*

An iWork Pages file (.pages).

Jupyter Notebook (.ipynb)*

A Python Jupyter Notebook file (.ipynb) stored in JSON plain text format.

Keyhole markup language (KML) collection (.zip)

A .zip file containing a collection of keyhole markup language (KML) or keyhole markup language zipped (KMZ) files. Each file is equivalent to one layer.

Keyhole markup language (KML) file (.kml, .kmz)

A keyhole markup language (KML) file (.kml or .kmz) or KML network link.

Also creates an item when added as a layer in Map Viewer.

Layer (.lyrx)

An ArcGIS Pro layer file (.lyrx).

Layer file (.lyr)

An ArcGIS Desktop layer file (.lyr).

Layer package (.lpk or .lpkx)

An ArcGIS Desktop layer package (.lpk) or ArcGIS Pro layer package (.lpkx) file.

Layout (.pagx)

An ArcGIS Pro layout file (.pagx).

Locator package (.gcpk)

An ArcGIS Desktop locator package file (.gcpk).

Map package (.mpk)

An ArcMap map package (.mpk file).

A Pro map (.mpkx) is also referred to as a map package.

Map service (URL)

An ArcGIS Server map service.

Map service definition (MSD) (.msd)

A file (.msd) that contains the information required to publish a map web service from a map created in ArcGIS Desktop.

Legacy:

The .msd format was replaced by service definition draft (.sddraft) and service definition (.sd) files with the release of ArcGIS Server 10.1.

Map template (.zip)

A map template is a compressed file (.zip) created in ArcMap. It contains documentation, a map, and a geodatabase folder.

Microsoft Excel document (.xls or .xlsx)*

A Microsoft Excel spreadsheet file (.xls or .xlsx).

Also creates an item when added as a layer in Map Viewer.

Microsoft PowerPoint document (.ppt or .pptx)*

A Microsoft PowerPoint document file (.ppt or .pptx).

Microsoft Visio document (.vsd)*

A Microsoft Visio document diagram file (.vsd).

Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx)*

A Microsoft Word document file (.doc or .docx).

Mobile application (URL)

The URL to the download location for a mobile app.

Mobile basemap package (.bpk)

An ArcGIS mobile basemap package (.bpk file).

Mobile map package (.mmpk)

An ArcGIS mobile map package (.mmpk file).

Mobile scene package (.mspk)

A mobile scene package (.mspk file).

Network analysis service (URL)

An ArcGIS Server network analysis service.

Note:

Beginning with ArcGIS Enterprise 11.0, network analysis services are routing services.

Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Features

An Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Feature Service.

Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) GeoPackage (.gpkg)

An SQLite-based data file, compliant with the OGC GeoPackage specification, containing both vector geospatial features and tile matrix sets.

Also creates an item when added as a layer in Map Viewer.

Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Web Feature Service (WFS) (URL)

An OGC Web Feature Service .

Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Web Map Service (WMS) (URL)

An OGC Web Map Service.

Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Web Map Tile Service (WMTS) (URL)

An OGC Web Map Tile Service.

Photos with locations (.zip)**

Geotagged photos that contain EXIF location information compressed in a .zip file.

Portable Document Format (PDF) (.pdf)*

A Portable Document Format file (.pdf).

Pro map (.mapx)

An ArcGIS Pro map file (.mapx).

A Pro map is also referred to as a map package.

Pro report (.rptx)*

An ArcGIS Pro report definition file (.rptx).

Pro report template (.rptt)

An ArcGIS Pro report template file (.rptt).

Project package (.ppkx)

An ArcGIS Pro project package file (.ppkx).

Project template (.aptx)

An ArcGIS Pro project template file (.aptx).

Raster function template (.rft.xml or .rft.json)

An ArcGIS raster function template.

Rule package (.rpk)

An ArcScene or CityEngine rule package file (.rpk).

Scene layer package (.spk or .slpk)

A compressed cache file (.spk or .slpk) containing a building, multipatch, point, point cloud, or voxel dataset .

Scene service (URL)

Cached web layers (scene layers) that are optimized for displaying a large amount of 3D data and can be viewed in ArcGIS clients such as Scene Viewer, ArcGIS Earth, and ArcGIS Pro.

Service definition (SD) (.sd)

A file (.sd) that contains the information required to publish a geospatial web service.

Also creates an item when added as a layer in Map Viewer.

Shapefile (.zip)

A shapefile is a set of related files for storing the location, shape, attributes, and projection of vector geographic features.

Because a shapefile consists of multiple files, you must compress the files in a .zip file to add them to ArcGIS Online.

Also creates an item when added as a layer in Map Viewer.

Stream service (URL)

An ArcGIS Server stream service.

Survey123 add-in (beta) (.surveyaddin)*

A Survey123 add-in file (.surveyaddin) used to alter ArcGIS Survey123 functionality.

Tile package (.tpk or .tpkx)

An archive of cache map tiles.

A .tpkx file is also called a compact tile package

Vector tile package (.vtpk)

A collection of vector tiles and style resources contained in a .vtpk file.

Web mapping application (URL)

The URL to access a web mapping app.

Workflow Manager package (.wpk)

An ArcGIS Workflow Manager (Classic) package file (.wpk).

Workflow Manager service (URL)

An ArcGIS Workflow Manager service, which represents a workflow item.

*You must have an organizational account to add this item.

**Once uploaded, photos with locations are stored as an image collection item.

Items you create in ArcGIS Online

Some item types are automatically added to My Content when you create and save them through a related app or workflow, but they can't be added through New item. For example, a web map item is created through Map Viewer, Map Viewer Classic, or ArcGIS Pro, and a web scene item is created through Scene Viewer or ArcGIS Pro.

The following table shows the types of items that are added to ArcGIS Online automatically when you create and save them:

Item typeNotes

Administrative report*

Created from Organization > Status > Reports.

Big data analytic*

Created in ArcGIS Velocity.

Color set

Created in ArcGIS Pro and ArcMap.

Dashboard

Created in the following ways:

  • Create from Content > My Content > Create app.
  • Create in ArcGIS Dashboards.

Elevation layer

Created through the following steps:

  1. Create a tile package in ArcGIS Pro.
  2. Publish the tile package to ArcGIS Online.
  3. Publish a hosted elevation layer from the tile package in ArcGIS Online.

Feature collection

Created in the following ways:

Feature collection template

Created in ArcGIS Pro and ArcMap.

Feature layer

Created in the following ways:

Feed*

Created in ArcGIS Velocity.

Form

Created in ArcGIS Survey123.

GeoBIM project*

Created from Content > My Content > Create app.

Hub event*

Created in ArcGIS Hub.

Hub initiative template*

Created in ArcGIS Hub.

Hub project*

Created in ArcGIS Hub.

Hub site application

Created in the following ways:

  • Create from Content > My Content > Create app.
  • Create in ArcGIS Hub.

Imagery layer

Created in the following ways:

  • Create from Content > My Content > New item.
  • Author and publish from ArcGIS Pro.

Insights model (URL)

Created in ArcGIS Insights.

Insights page (URL)

Created in ArcGIS Insights.

Insights theme (URL)*

Created in ArcGIS Insights.

Insights workbook (URL)

Created in ArcGIS Insights.

Locator (view)

Created from Content > My Content > New item.

Map image layer

Created in ArcGIS Pro and ArcMap and published to ArcGIS Online.

Native application

Created in ArcGIS AppStudio.

Native application installer

Created in ArcGIS AppStudio.

Notebook*

Created from Content > My Content > New item or from the ArcGIS Notebooks home page.

Oriented imagery catalog

Created in ArcGIS Pro.

QuickCapture project*

Created in ArcGIS QuickCapture designer.

Real time analytic*

Created in ArcGIS Velocity.

Relational database connection (URL)

Created in ArcGIS Pro and ArcMap.

Report template

Created in ArcGIS Business Analyst.

Route layer

Created in the following ways:

  • Save the layer resulting from running an analysis tool such as Plan Routes.
  • Save the layer created after getting directions in Map Viewer Classic.

Scene layer

Created by publishing from a hosted feature layer or from a scene layer package in ArcGIS Pro.

Statistical data collection

Created in ArcGIS Business Analyst.

Solution*

Created by Esri.

StoryMap

Created from Content > My Content > Create app.

StoryMap theme*

Created in ArcGIS StoryMaps.

Symbol set

Created in ArcMap.

Table

Created in any software that supports the creation of tabular data such as spreadsheets.

Tile layer

Created in the following ways:

  • Create from Content > My Content > New item.
  • Publish from a hosted feature layer or file.
  • Author and publish from ArcGIS Pro or ArcMap.

Urban model*

Created from Content > My Content > Create app.

Vector tile layer

Created in the following ways:

  • Publish from a hosted feature layer.
  • Author and publish from ArcGIS Pro or ArcMap.

Web experience

Created in the following ways:

  • Create from Content > My Content > Create app.
  • Create in ArcGIS Experience Builder.

Web experience template*

Created in ArcGIS Experience Builder.

Web map

Created in Map Viewer, Map Viewer Classic, or ArcGIS Pro.

Web mapping application

Created in the following ways:

  • Create from Content > My Content > Create app.
  • Create in ArcGIS Configurable Apps, ArcGIS Instant Apps, and ArcGIS Web AppBuilder.

Web scene

Created in Scene Viewer or ArcGIS Pro.

Workforce project

Created in ArcGIS Workforce.

*You must have an organizational account to use this item.