Introduction to data hosting

Data hosting, also known as data publishing, is the process of securely storing, managing, and accessing data in ArcGIS. To host your data you use data management tools to interactively create new hosted layers and data services. You can publish different types of hosted layers such as feature layers, vector tile layers, and image tile layers. Each layer type represents a unique type of data and service. ArcGIS Maps SDKs are designed to work optimally to access and display data in applications. Learn how to publish, manage, and access hosted data in the topics below.

Bike parking locations and bike routes stored as hosted feature layers in ArcGIS


How to host and manage data

Learn about the steps required to store, manage, and access data in ArcGIS.

Data publishing

Learn how to import, create, and publish your data as a hosted layer.

Data management

Learn how to set the settings, sharing properties, and capabilities of hosted layers.

Feature layers

Learn how to access, query, and display data from feature services.


Learn how to access, filter, and join a hosted table from feature services.

Vector tile layers

Learn how to access and display data from vector tile services.

Image tile layers

Learn how to access and display data from image tile services.




Feature service

Add, update, delete, and query feature data.

Vector tile service

Store and access vector tile data.

Image tile service

Store and access image tile data.

API support

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  • 1. Access portal via HTTP request and authentication.
  • 2. Access via ArcGIS REST JS.
  • 3. Requires manual application of renderers



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