Publish map tiles

Creating tiled data is the process of using data management tools to create a new map tile service from an existing feature layer in a feature service. You use this process to publish a new tiled service that can be more easily accessed by applications or to optimize accessing data. The input data source for tiled services is a feature layer.

How to create new services

To create a new hosted map tile layer and map tile service from a feature layer, you can use the following tools:

  1. Go to or your ArcGIS Enterprise portal.
  2. Click > Content, click an existing feature layer, and then click Publish > Tile layer.

When you use these tools, the following are created:

  1. Hosted layer (item): A new hosted map tile layer to manage the service.
  2. Data service: A map tile service to access the tile data.
Data hosting
The Process to manage data services with ArcGIS Online and the developer dashboard.

Tools, data, and services

Below is a list of the tools, input data source, and the hosted layer created.

ToolInput Data SourceOutput Item typeOutput Layer and Data ServiceUse Case, ArcGIS Enterprise portalFeature layer (hosted)Tile layer (Image tiles) (hosted)Image tile service (Map Service)Data acces, Display static tiles
ArcGIS.comFeature layer (hosted)Tile layer (Vector tiles) (hosted)Vector tile serviceData access, Display vector tile data




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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