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Enabling the linear referencing capability

Creating the map document

Before publishing a linear referencing service, you must use ArcMap to create a map document that contains at least one LRS Network and/or an event layer.

In general, you should follow the steps in Making your data accessible to ArcGIS Server.

Publishing a linear referencing-capable map service

After you create and save your map document with symbology using ArcMap, you can create the map service with linear referencing capability by following the steps in How to publish a service.

When publishing the resource, keep the following in mind:

  • When specifying capabilities, make sure the Linear Referencing check box is checked.
Publish to ArcGIS Server dialog box with Linear Referencing checked

ArcGIS Server cluster environment

Your ArcGIS Server Environment can consist of one or more servers with access to the same data and configuration. Additionally, these machines can be further organized into groups known as clusters.


All machines that participate in a site serving map services with linear referencing capability should have ArcGIS Pipeline Referencing for Server installed. However, if you have a cluster that is dedicated to run map services without the linear referencing capability, the Pipeline Referencing for Server extension license is not required.

Using the service

A map service with linear referencing capability can be used to build web-based and connected mobile linear referencing applications. In addition, Event Editor consumes your data from this type of map service. For more details, follow the steps in Authoring a web map for Event Editor in the Event Editor web application guide.