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Hosting imagery with ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online

For many organizations, it’s increasingly 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 lets users in an organization 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. They can then share the imagery in two 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 also allow you to share your imagery and analysis results publicly.
  • Dynamic imagery services offer access to the images with server-side dynamic mosaicking and on-the-fly processing (they act like traditional image services). Dynamic imagery services also provide an advantage when using low-band width, 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—ArcGIS Pro, the ArcGIS Online map viewer, APIs, or web apps.

Explore the following resources to learn more about hosting imagery in ArcGIS Online.


To host imagery in ArcGIS Online, you’ll 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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Developer resources

Resources and support for automating and customizing workflows:

  • Using the ArcGIS API for Python, create imagery layers with the using copy raster and create image collection (which you could then use for raster analysis).
  • Using the ArcGIS API for JavaScript, find code samples for working with ImageryLayer, ImagerTileLayer, and WCSLayer.

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