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You can publish three-dimensional data (multipatches) and two-dimensional data as hosted scene layers to your portal from ArcGIS Pro 1.1.


Your portal must be configured with ArcGIS Data Store (10.3.1 or later release) to publish hosted scene layers. Scene layers can be published from ArcGIS Pro 1.1 and later releases.

The hosted scene layer exposes all vector datasets included in the map. Scene layers are composed of a feature layer containing vector data and a cache, to support rapid visualization of the data.

You must have privileges to create content, publish hosted features, and publish hosted scenes to publish scene layers to your portal.

Publish from an ArcGIS Pro scene

From ArcGIS Pro, you can publish a scene layer to be hosted on your portal.

Before proceeding, be sure your portal connection is active.

Be aware that web browsers cannot display some complex cartographic symbols you might have originally used when you authored the map. Most symbol types are available, but in some cases, the symbols may be downgraded when you publish them. See Author feature services in the ArcGIS for Server Help for more details about what symbols are supported, and make any required changes to your map symbology prior to publishing.

  1. Start ArcGIS Pro and open the project that contains the scene you want to publish.
  2. Sign in to your organization from ArcGIS Pro.
  3. To publish a scene layer to your organization, do one of the following:
    • To publish the scene and all its layers as a scene layer, click Web Scene in the Share As group of the Share tab.
    • To publish selected layers from the scene, select the layers in the Contents pane. Right-click the selection set and click Share As Web Layer.

      Your portal's hosting server must be using ArcGIS Data Store for this option to be active.

  4. Type a name for the feature layers and scene layers in the map. The layers are saved to My Content by default. You can save to a folder within My Content by either typing the folder name or browsing to an existing folder.
  5. Fill in the Summary and Tags fields.
  6. Specify how the feature layer will be shared. All layers you publish are automatically shared to your personal workspace in your organization (My Content). Your content is inaccessible to others until you share it with one or more of the following:
    • Portal for ArcGIS— Selecting this option allows the layer to be shared with all authenticated users in the organization.
    • EveryoneSelecting this option makes the layer available to anyone who can access your portal URL.
    • Groups—You can share the layer with members of groups to which you belong.
  7. By default, the hosted feature layer that is generated with the scene layer is not editable, cannot be taken offline, and the data it contains cannot be exported. To allow others to perform these operations on your hosted feature layer, click the Configuration tab, and check the box next to the operations you want to allow:
    • Enable Editing—This operation enables members of your organization who have edit privileges to add, update, or delete features in your hosted feature layer.
    • Enable Sync—This operation allows others to take the hosted feature layer offline.
    • Export Data—This operation allows others to export the hosted feature layer data to a CSV, shapefile, or file geodatabase.
  8. Scene layers use a cache, which ArcGIS can build when you publish the scene, or you can manually build the cache after the scene is published. On the Configuration tab, specify which caching method you want to use.
  9. Click the Content tab to confirm your feature layer will include the data layers you intended.
  10. Click Analyze Analyze to check for any errors or issues.

    If any issues are discovered, they will be listed in the Messages tab. Right-click each message to get more information, read help for the error or warning, and access suggested fixes. You must fix the errors before you can publish. Optionally, you can fix the warnings to further improve the performance and appearance of your hosted feature layer.

  11. Once you've fixed the errors and optionally any warnings, click Share.

    Your data is copied to the server at this point. The size of the data and your network speed and bandwidth will impact the time it takes to publish.

When publishing completes, you can click Manage the web layer to open the portal website.

Publish from a scene package

A scene package contains a scene layer and its data. When you add a scene package to your portal, you have the option to publish a hosted scene layer.

  1. Sign in to your organization and open My Content.
  2. Click Add Item > From my computer.
  3. Click the browse button and choose the scene package on your computer.
  4. Type a title and tags that describe the scene package.
  5. Check the box next to Publish this file as a scene layer.

    If you leave the box unchecked, your scene package is added to My Content, but no scene layer is published.

  6. Click Add Item.