How to work with map tile services

To start using map tile services, you first need to create a feature layer in a feature service in ArcGIS. Once you have a feature service, you use a data management tool to publish a hosted map tile layer and map tile service. An map tile layer references a MapService service that serves tiles (or levels) of png or jpeg images that represent geographic data. This process is known as publishing a map tile layer. After a map tile service is created, you can use the hosted map tile layer to manage the layer and the service settings.

The steps to create and use a map tile service are:

  1. Create a feature layer in a feature service by importing data.
  2. Manage the hosted feature layer (item) and service properties. NOTE: Be sure to configure the styling with visualization settings before publishing.
  3. Publish the map tile layer and service from the hosted feature layer (item).
  4. Manage the hosted vector tile layer (item) and service properties.
  5. Access the service and display the tiles.
Data hosting
Access hosted map tile layers and map tile services from your applications.




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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