Maps that contain feature layers store their feature data in .geodatabase files, within a mobile map package, when it is taken offline. This allows users to continue to work with features, display their location, and analyze their spatial and non-spatial attributes, even when connectivity is lost. The extent to which these features can be updated (by the user or from an online service) depends on how the mobile map package was created. The following table summarizes the types of feature updates that are supported for each of the different offline workflows.
Supported feature updates
Add, edit and create features in the local mobile map package. See edit features.
Synchronize the features in the mobile map package with their online feature service. The online feature service must support synchronization. See sync offline edits.
Apply scheduled updates from the online feature service to the mobile map package. Feature layers updated in this way are read-only. See apply scheduled updates.
Add, edit and create features in the online feature layer. Connectivity must be present and authentication may be required. See edit features.
If the mobile map package was created with ArcGIS Pro then the features in the geodatabase can not be edited (read-only) and cannot be updated from the online service. You can only provide updates to the features by creating a brand new mobile map package, as described in Take a map offline - ArcGIS Pro.
If the mobile map package was created using the on-demand or preplanned workflows, and synchronization was enabled on the online feature service, the features can be edited and synchronized back with the online feature service when connectivity is restored. You can synchronize changes with a single geodatabase, or with all geodatabases in the map, as described in Sync offline edits..
If the mobile map package was created using the preplanned workflow, the map author can schedule regular updates (delta files) to be generated for the individual map areas. This is described in define updates. Whenever connectivity is restored, the app can check for these scheduled updates, download any delta files and update the map's geodatabases. You can only apply scheduled updates to read-only data. The process is described in the following section:
Apply scheduled updates
- Create the AGSOfflineMapSyncTask from the online map used in the preplanned workflow.
- Retrieve the task's AGSOfflineMapUpdateCapabilities and check that it supports scheduled updates.
- Determine whether there are any updates available by calling the task's checkForUpdatesWithCompletion method.
- If the map supportsScheduledUpdatesForFeatures, you can examine the downloadAvailability on the AGSOfflineMapUpdatesInfo object. If there are downloads available, you can check to see how large the download is by using the scheduledUpdatesDownloadSize. You can use this information to determine whether to download updates immediately—for example, based on available disk space or network availability.
- If the map supportsSyncWithFeatureServices, you can examine the uploadAvailability to see whether the offline map has any edits to upload. If so, go to step 4. It is not possible to determine whether there are online changes to download without performing a full feature synchronization.
- Obtain the default offline map sync parameters using the defaultOfflineMapSyncParameters method. Override any of these parameters, as required. For example, if resources are limited, you may want to overwrite the sync direction to just Upload local edits to the online service.
- Create the offline map sync job, offlineMapSyncJob, using the offline map sync parameters and run it.
- Upon completion, check the AGSOfflineMapSyncResult for any errors.
- If supportsScheduledUpdatesForFeatures, determine whether the mobile map file needs to be reopened by examining the mobileMapPackageReopenRequired property on the AGSOfflineMapUpdatesInfo object. If so, close the offline map before reopening it.
When you have finished working with the mobile map package, ensure that you release its maps, layers, and geodatabases before closing or terminating the application. See Finish using an offline map for more details.