Import data

To create an imagery layer in an image service for your data, you upload raster files into portal. To do so, you use data management tools or Client APIs to import your raster data. You first select the capabilities you want your image service to support. Configure the raster properties. You can then upload a single or multiple raster dataset types. After it is imported, you can manage the service settings with a hosted imagery layer (item) in your portal.

How to import data

The general steps to import your data are:

  1. Sign into a data management tool with your ArcGIS account:
  2. Click on New Item > Imagery layer.
  3. Select the type of layer you want to create.
    • Hosted imagery layer: A new item in your portal to manage the item properties and service settings.
    • Image service: A new image service for the data.
  4. Set the layer configuration.
    • One Image: Uses a single, processed image to create one layer.
    • One Mosaicked Image: Mosaics multiple images into a single dataset to create one layer.
    • Multiple Imagery Layers: Creates one layer for each input image.
  5. Choose the raster type and configure the image properties.
  6. Select the rasters to upload.
  7. Set the item Title, Tags, and Summary.


API support

Use data management tools or 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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