3D visualization

Scene view displaying an ocean basemap layer and clouds using a mesh

3D visualization

This chapter discusses different 3D rendering techniques you can use to visualize 2D and 3D data. It contains topics on how to display data on a globe, how to render terrain and align data layers relative to the terrain, and the best techniques for visualizing urban environments. Many of these techniques require 3D data, but some can be achieved with 2D data only.

Globes and local scenes

Learn how to visualize data in 3D on a globe or a projected plane.

Terrain rendering

Learn how to display elevation in a scene and align other data layers relative to it.

Cities in 3D

Learn how to display urban environments in 3D, ranging from realistic to abstract visualizations.



Feature service

Add, update, delete, and query feature data.

Scene service

Serve 3D data for maps and scenes.

API support

Basemap stylesPoint, line, and polygon stylesData-driven visualization3D visualization
ArcGIS Maps SDK for JavaScript
ArcGIS Maps SDK for Kotlin
ArcGIS Maps SDK for Swift
ArcGIS Maps SDK for Java
ArcGIS Maps SDK for .NET
ArcGIS Maps SDK for Qt
ArcGIS API for Python12
Full supportPartial supportNo support
  • 1. Define renderers with JavaScript.
  • 2. Supports web scenes only.


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