Get layer metadata

In this tutorial, you access a hosted feature layer and get its properties such as the id, name, type, supported capabilities, drawing information, extent, and fields.

Learn more about hosted feature layers in Data hosting in the Mapping APIs and location services guide.


You need a free ArcGIS developer account to access your dashboard and API keys. The API key must be scoped to access the services used in this tutorial.


Create a new pen

  1. If you are using the CDN libraries, to get started.

Add code to get layer metadata

Copy and paste the code below, following the steps to make a request to the feature service.

  1. Set the apiKey with the API key from your dashboard.

  2. Define the parameters needed for the request.

  3. Call the feature service and handle the results.

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<!DOCTYPE html>
  <meta charset="utf-8">
  <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width">
  <title>ArcGIS REST JS</title>
    body {
      font-family: monospace;
      color: white;
    pre {
      overflow: auto;
      padding: 1rem;
      background: #000000;
  <pre id="result"></pre>

  <!-- require ArcGIS REST JS libraries from -->
  <script src=""></script>
  <script src=""></script>
    /* when including ArcGIS REST JS all exports are available
    from the same arcgisRest global */

    const apiKey = "YOUR-API-KEY";

    const authentication = new arcgisRest.ApiKey({
      key: apiKey

    arcgisRest.request("", {
      .then(response => {
        document.getElementById("result").textContent = JSON.stringify(response, null, 2);




The request will return the following :

What's next?

Learn how to use additional ArcGIS location services in these tutorials: