FAQ

General

Yes, OpenLayers is a supported API that you can use to build applications with ArcGIS location services.

Go to the Github repo.

The ol-mapbox-style library, provided by the OpenLayers developers, allows you to create a map from Mapbox Style Specification objects in an OpenLayers application. You use the library to display default and custom ArcGIS basemap layer styles.

To learn how to use ol-mapbox-style to add an ArcGIS basemap styles, go to Migration.

ArcGIS services

OpenLayers has built in functionality to access the following ArcGIS services:

  • Basemap layer service (using the ol-mapbox-style library)
  • Feature service (via GeoJSON)
  • Vector tile service
  • Image tile service

You can also access other services such as the geocoding service, routing service, and GeoEnrichment service by using ArcGIS REST JS. To find examples, go to Search, Routing, and Demographics.

ArcGIS location services

Yes, you need need to provide an API key or you need to implement OAuth 2.0 to access ArcGIS location services.

ArcGIS Enterprise services

For services that are private, yes, you need to provide authenticaiton to access ArcGIS Enterprise services. You typically implement OAuth 2.0 to do so. Public services do not require authentication.

To learn more about the different types of authentication, go to Security and authentication in the Mapping APIs and location services guide.

No. The services are no longer maintained or recommended for use by Esri.

To learn more about ArcGIS location services and capabilities, go to the Mapping APIs and location services guide.

To learn more about ArcGIS Enterprise services and capabilities, go to the REST API documentation.

Service usage and billing

You need either an ArcGIS Developer account or ArcGIS Online account. This will give you the ability to access the developer dashboard, create API keys, set up OAuth 2.0, and manage your data.

The cost to access ArcGIS location services depends on the type of ArcGIS account you have and the service operation you use.

  1. If you have an ArcGIS Developer account, you are billed in US dollars. To determine the cost of accessing different services, go to Pricing. A free tier of access is available for some services.

  2. If you have an ArcGIS Online account, you are billed in credits. To determine the cost of accessing different services, go to Understnading credits.

If you have ArcGIS Enterprise, there is no cost for accessing your own ArcGIS services.

To learn about accounts, content and data, and basemap layer attribution, go to Deployment in the Mapping APIs and locaiton services guide.

To find the Esri Terms of Use, go to Terms of use in the Mapping APIs and locaiton services guide.

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