Add custom widgets

Beginning with ArcGIS Enterprise 11.0, you can add custom Experience Builder widgets to a portal. This means you can choose custom widgets in the builder environment when you create an app. Before you can use a custom widget, it must be hosted on a web server and registered to a portal. For security reasons, only portal administrators can register custom widgets. Custom widgets you share publicly can be used in public apps for anonymous user access.

Host a custom widget on a web server

Hosting a custom widget on a web server is no different than hosting any web app. You must install and configure a web server. Common web servers include IIS and Apache HTTP Server .

To host custom widgets on a web server, complete the following steps:

  1. Enable anonymous access to the virtual directory that is hosting your widgets.

    The hosting location must be anonymously accessible.

  2. Enable HTTPS.

    Enable HTTPS access in your web server to avoid creating mixed content. Experience Builder does not allow mixed active content caused by loading HTTP under an HTTPS connection. In addition, your server should have a valid SSL certificate issued by a certificate authority to establish the HTTPS connection.

  3. Enable Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS).

    Experience Builder runs under your portal domain, which may be different from the domain of the web server hosting your custom widget. You need to enable CORS in the web server so that access from your portal domain is allowed.

  4. Add a JSON handler to your web server.

    Each widget consists of a JSON manifest file that describes widget properties. Some web servers do not recognize the JSON file extension by default. In such cases, you need to add it to your server as a new MIME type at the application level or a higher level. The MIME type should have .json as the file extension and application/json as the MIME type.

  5. Compile the custom widget.

    Before you can host a custom widget, you must compile it. You must copy the custom widget into the arcgis-experience-builder/client/your-extension/widgets directory. Then, you need to run npm run build:prod under the client directory. Once you do that, the compiled widget shows in the client/dist-prod/widgets directory.

  6. Deploy the custom widget to your web server.

    You can copy the client/dist-prod/widget/ folder to the web server. After deployment, you need to obtain the URL path to the manifest file of your custom widget. An example of a URL path to a manifest file is <>/<my widget>/manifest.json.

Register a custom widget

You must register each custom widget in your portal. Portal administrator privileges are required to register a custom widget.

  1. In a browser window, sign in to your portal.
  2. Click the My Content tab of the content page.
  3. Click Add Item and choose An application.
  4. Choose Experience Builder widget, and provide the URL to your manifest file.

    An example of a URL path to a manifest file is <>/<my widget>/manifest.json.

  5. Click the Title box.

    The title of the item automatically populates from the manifest file. Optionally, you can manually edit the title.

  6. Add tags in the Tags box.
  7. Click Add Item.

    The custom widget is now available on the My Content tab of the content page as an Experience Builder widget type.

Share a custom widget

As a portal administrator, you can share custom widgets with groups in an organization that need access, with the entire organization, or publicly if necessary.


An app will only load the custom widget that is registered in the same organization as the users who have permissions to access the app.

In My Content, locate the custom widget and share it. When you open Experience Builder, the custom widget displays in the Custom group on the Insert widget tab.


If you receive a 404 error when loading the custom widget, ensure that the widget does not require modules using the widget's package name. Instead, use a relative path to load modules.

Update a custom widget

You cannot update a custom widget in the portal. However, you can update the HTML structure and JavaScript code of the hosted custom widget in the web server.