Set up ArcGIS Urban

ArcGIS Urban is accessible with or without an ArcGIS Urban license:

  • Users without a license can access publicly shared urban models, plans, and projects in the read-only view (for example stakeholders or the public).
  • Users with a license can administer urban models and edit plans and projects (for example urban planners or GIS professionals).

See the sections below to learn how to license Urban, how to create an urban model, or how to explore Urban with the Boston example city.

Note:
Unlicensed users can create projects with an ArcGIS Hub community account. See Support for ArcGIS Hub community accounts to learn more.

License ArcGIS Urban

An ArcGIS Urban license is required to administer an urban model and edit plans and projects. To add a license to your ArcGIS Online account, do the following:

  1. Obtain an ArcGIS Urban license for your ArcGIS Online organization.
  2. Assign the license to your ArcGIS Online user account.
  3. Review the Manage licenses topic in the ArcGIS Online help for additional information about how to assign licenses to users.
Note:

The accessibility of ArcGIS Urban workflows depends on the privileges that are associated with ArcGIS Online user roles. See Workflow accessibility to learn more.

Create an urban model

To create an urban model, assign a license to your ArcGIS Online account and complete the following steps:

  1. Sign in to ArcGIS Online.
  2. Go to the Content page in your ArcGIS Online organization, click the Create app button, and select Urban.

    ArcGIS Urban starts.

  3. Click New.
  4. Provide a name for the model and expand the Template drop-down menu to choose from the following options:
    • Select Empty to set up a completely empty urban model to add your own data.
    • Select USA Default to set up an urban model populated with predefined space-use, building and zoning types, and ArcGIS Living Atlas data.
    • Select File geodatabase to set up an urban model based on a file geodatabase exported from another urban model. See Export the urban model to a file geodatabase for more information on how to create a file geodatabase.
  5. Click Set up Urban.

    When the setup tool has finished creating services, ArcGIS Urban starts automatically.

Note:

Closing the browser tab or refreshing the page cancels the initialization process. Keep the tab open while the services are created.

For more information and step-by-step instructions on how to prepare your data using the data manager, see Prepare data.

Explore the Boston example city

The example city of Boston is an urban model created to explore the capabilities of ArcGIS Urban. It includes example data and example plans and projects. The Boston example city is publicly available for a read access. However, you need an urban license to edit or create plans and projects. Create your own copy of any from the exemplary plans or projects to explore the full functionality of ArcGIS Urban.

Note:

Content in the Boston example city cannot be shared.

Open the Boston example city

To open the Boston example city, complete the following steps:

  1. Sign in to ArcGIS Online.
  2. Go to the Content page in your ArcGIS Online organization, click the Create app button, and select Urban.

    ArcGIS Urban starts.

  3. Select Boston USA and click Open.

    The urban model of the Boston example city opens.

Copy an example plan

Copy an example plan to edit it. To create a copy of a plan, complete the following steps:

  1. Open the Boston example city.
  2. Click Plans.

    A list of available plans appears.

  3. Select a plan.

    The plan appears.

  4. Click the Create a copy button in the blue header.

    The Save plan as dialog box appears.

  5. Optionally, edit the name of the plan and click OK.

    The new feature services are added to your ArcGIS Online account. Then the copied plan appears.

Copy an example project

Copy an example project to edit it. To create a copy of a project, complete the following steps:

  1. Open the Boston example city.
  2. Click Projects.

    A list of available projects appears.

  3. Select a project.

    The project appears.

  4. Click the project name and select Save project as duplicate from the drop-down menu.

    The Save project as dialog box appears.

  5. Optionally, edit the name of the project and click OK.

    The new feature services are added to your ArcGIS Online account. Then the project copy appears.

Support for ArcGIS Hub community accounts

With ArcGIS Hub community accounts, users can create projects and work on scenarios without an Urban license. To use Hub community accounts in ArcGIS Urban, a Hub Premium license that is tied to your ArcGIS Online organization is required. Once Hub Premium is licensed, users can create community accounts in ArcGIS Urban. Review the ArcGIS Hub online documentation to learn more about Hub and Hub Premium.