How to work with feature services

To start using feature services, you create the services dynamically with data management tools or scripting APIs. You can import existing datasets (files), define a new dataset, or create (publish) new services from existing services. Each dataset is stored as a feature layer, table, or feature layer view within a feature service. A hosted feature layer (item) is also created for the corresponding service so you can manage and configure the dataset and service settings. To access the service from applications and APIs, you can use the URL and ID assigned by the system. If you are using an ArcGIS Maps SDK, you can also access the service using the hosted layer's item ID.

The steps to create and use a feature service are:

  1. Create a feature layer, feature layer view, or table by importing data.
  2. Manage the hosted feature layer (item) and service properties. properties.
  3. Access the service to display or query features.
Data hosting
Process to create, manage, and access a hosted feature service.




API support

Use Client APIs to create, manage, and access data services. The table below outlines the level of support for each API.

ArcGIS Maps SDK for JavaScript1
ArcGIS Maps SDK for Kotlin1
ArcGIS Maps SDK for Swift1
ArcGIS Maps SDK for Java1
ArcGIS Maps SDK for .NET1
ArcGIS Maps SDK for Qt1
ArcGIS API for Python
Esri Leaflet2
MapLibre GL JS23
Full supportPartial supportNo support
  • 1. Use portal class and direct REST API requests
  • 2. Access via ArcGIS REST JS
  • 3. Requires manually setting styles for renderers


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