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Server Directory


Server directories are used by GIS services as a location to output items such as map images, tile caches, and geoprocessing results. In addition, some directories contain configurations that power the GIS services.

The following directory types can be registered with the server:

  • Output—Stores various information generated by services, such as map images. Instances: One or more
  • Cache—Stores tile caches used by map, globe, and image services for rapid performance. Instances: One or more
  • Jobs—Stores results and other information from geoprocessing services. Instances: One or more
  • System—Stores files that are used internally by the GIS server. Instances: One

Server directories that contain output of various GIS services can be periodically cleaned to remove old unused files. By using the cleanup mode and maximum file age parameters, you control when you would like the files in these directories to be cleaned.

All the output server directories are automatically virtualized (they can be accessed over a URL) for you through the ArcGIS REST API.

Request parameters


The response format. The default response format is html.

Values: html | json

Example usage

Below is a sample request URL for the an individual directory resource:

JSON Response syntax

  "name": "<name>",
  "physicalPath": "<path>",
  "directoryType": "<type>",
  "cleanupMode": "<cleanup_mode>",
  "maxFileAge": <age>,
  "description": "<description>",
  "virtualPath": "<virtual_path>"

JSON Response example

  "name": "arcgiscache",
  "physicalPath": "\\\\server\\arcgisserver\\arcgiscache",
  "directoryType": "CACHE",
  "cleanupMode": "NONE",
  "maxFileAge": 0,
  "description": "Stores tile caches used by map, globe, and image services for rapid performance.",
  "virtualPath": "/rest/directories/arcgiscache"