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Feature layer

Use records in hosted feature layers or tables as input to ArcGIS Data Pipelines.

Usage notes

Keep the following in mind when working with hosted feature layers and tables:

  • Using the Feature layer input, you can load data from hosted feature layers or tables.
  • When you add a file input to the canvas, the Select a feature layer modal appears, where you can browse to and select a hosted feature layer or table. You can browse your content, content that has been shared with you, and content that is available to your organization and ArcGIS Online. If you have access to ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World or Subscription content feature layers, you can also use them.
  • To change the selected feature layer or table, click the Feature layer parameter.
  • To improve the performance of reading input datasets, consider the following options:
    • Use the Use caching parameter to store a copy of the dataset. The cached copy is only maintained while at least one browser tab open to the editor is connected. This may make it faster to access the data during processing. If the source data has been updated since it was cached, uncheck this parameter and preview or run the tool again.
    • After configuring an input dataset, configure any of the following tools that limit the amount of data being processed:


The following are known limitations:

  • You cannot use layers outside of your organization that use web-tier authentication.
  • To access feature layers from ArcGIS Enterprise organizations, the following requirements must be met:
    • The organization must be accessible to the public internet.
    • The feature layer must be shared publicly or stored in content with saved credentials.
    Feature layers from ArcGIS Enterprise organizations that are not accessible to the public or have web-tier authentication enabled are not supported.
  • Any relationships or query domains that are set on the feature layer will not be maintained.

Licensing requirements

The following licensing and configurations are required:

  • Creator or GIS Professional user type
  • Publisher, Facilitator, or Administrator role, or an equivalent custom role

To learn more about Data Pipelines requirements, see Requirements.

Related topics

See Feature layers in ArcGIS Online for more information.