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Host imagery using ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online

For many organizations, it’s important to make imagery and imagery-derived products available to internal and external users for visualization and analysis. However, the cost of setting up and maintaining their own enterprise infrastructure can be prohibitive.

ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online is a software as a service (SaaS) solution that allows users in an organization to host, analyze, and stream imagery and raster collections using the ArcGIS Online cloud, which is secure and scalable. Authorized personnel in an organization can upload various image types and formats, including orthomosaics, satellite scenes, aerial images, elevation, and bathymetry. Any metadata associated with the imagery is also maintained. The imagery can be shared in the following ways:

  • Tiled imagery services can be accessed quickly and include pixel information so end users can perform analysis, update renderings, or visualize different band combinations. They can also be used to share imagery and analysis results publicly.
  • Dynamic imagery services provide access to the images with server-side dynamic mosaicking and on-the-fly processing (similar to traditional image services). Dynamic imagery can also be used with low-bandwidth, high-latency networks.

Authorized users within an organization (or external users, if the service is made public) can then access the imagery for visualization or analysis using a variety of clients, such as ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online Map Viewer, APIs, or web apps.

Explore the following resources to learn more about hosting imagery in ArcGIS Online. (Not sure where to start? Look for the star by Esri's most helpful resources.)


To host imagery in ArcGIS Online, you need an ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online user type extension for your ArcGIS Online organization. The organization administrator can then enable imagery layer creation (or imagery analysis) privileges for individual users.

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Training and tutorials

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Developer resources

Review the following resources and support for automating and customizing workflows:

  • Use ArcGIS API for Python to create imagery layers using copy raster and create image collection (which you can then use for raster analysis).
  • Use ArcGIS API for JavaScript to find code samples for working with ImageryLayer, ImageryTileLayer, and WCSLayer.

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