A basemap is a layer or layers used to access and display data from a basemap layer service. It provides visual and geographic context for a map or scene and typically contains global data with administrative boundaries and place names. Basemap layers can be composed of different sub-layers, such as reference layers or label layers. Developers can choose from a variety of ready-to-use basemap layers, or style their own basemaps with the ArcGIS Vector Tile Style Editor, and overlay data layers with their own data on top of a basemap. Developers can also create and publish their own basemaps with ArcGIS Pro.

Basemap Layers

Also known as

  • basemap layer

Related terms

  • Basemap layer service
  • Vector tile layer
  • Data layer

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