Explore content

You can find content by visiting a site. A site may make content discoverable in the following ways:

Note:

If you're searching for privately shared content, ensure that you are signed insigned in and have access to view the item.

  • Search bar—Located on a site's layout and/or its global navigation bar. Search by entering a keyword or item ID.
  • Galleries—Displays individuals items using their thumbnail image and description. Depending on its configuration, clicking the item may open in a new browser tab or its content view.
  • Categories—Denotes groups of related content. Click on a category's icon to view its items.
  • Links and pages—Click to open links to pages and other items, like surveys, on a site's header or layout.
  • Apps and maps—Displays a single app, such as an web app, or map. Depending on its configuration, clicking the item may open in a new browser tab or its content view.
  • Calendars or featured events—Click on an event to view its details.

Download data and documents

To download data or documents, use the site's search bar to find content that's available to you. You can also search for publicly shared data at hub.arcgis.com.

Note:

You do not need an account to download public data.

  1. Open the item's preview page.

    If you haven't found the item you're looking for, the item may be private. Ensure that you are and that the item is shared with you.

  2. If the data is spatial or tabular, you can download a filtered version by clicking the filter button Filter on the side panel. You can also select attributes in table view or on map view to filter specific data.

    Note:

    If someone has shared a URL to an item's preview page with you, open the URL in a new browser window. If the data is filtered by a given attribute, the page will automatically open to this filtered view. Adjust filters if necessary before downloading the data for your own use.

  3. Click the download button download on the side panel to start the download process.

    Note:

    ArcGIS Hub periodically re-creates and caches downloadable files. If a cached file isn't up to date and ready for download, an alert appears explaining the file status. If a cached file is available, you can download the available file or request a newly cached file. Depending on the complexity and count of the records, requesting a new download file for spatial datasets can take up to a few hours. For more information, see File generation.

Access the API explorer

If you need to query frequently updated data, ArcGIS Hub provides shortcuts to the underlying service REST API that serve the data on a preview page. These services reflect updates in near real-time.

  1. Open the preview page for an item.
  2. Click the information button info to open the side panel.
  3. Click I want to use this and select View API Resources.

Create a map

When people open the preview page for a public feature layer or feature layer to which they have access, they can create their own map in ArcGIS Hub or open ArcGIS Map Viewer.

  1. Open the preview page for a feature layer to which you have access.
  2. On the side panel, click I want to use this and select Start Simple.

    Note:
    To create a map in Map Maker, click Advanced Mapping.

  3. Optionally add one or more layers by clicking Add Layer.
  4. Use the following tools to annotate the map:
    • Pin pin—Mark a location.
    • Freehand freehand—Draw a line or shape.
    • Area freehand area—Create a polygon.
  5. Add notes to a point or drawing by clicking on it and clicking the text button.
  6. On the side panel, click the settings button settings on a layer and click Style to adjust color, line style and stroke, and transparency.

    You can also use this button to remove or hide the layer.

  7. On the side panel, click the About Map button to modify the layer’s name and summary.
  8. Click Save to save the map to your account.
    If you aren't signed in, you will be prompted to sign in with an ArcGIS Online account or create a community account with the organization hosting the data.

Create a storymap

You can create a story using ArcGIS StoryMaps to leverage the data you find.

  1. Open the preview page for an item.
  2. On the side panel, click I want to use this and select Create a Story.
    If you aren't signed in, you will be prompted to sign in with an ArcGIS Online account or create a community account with the organization hosting the data. The story is saved to this account.