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Publish hosted imagery layers

You can upload an image collection directly to the portal website and publish a hosted imagery layer. Select your images, put them in a .zip file (an image collection), upload the file to your portal, and publish the collection as one hosted imagery layer for sharing. This makes managing, publishing, and sharing images straightforward and flexible. All raster formats supported by ArcGIS can be added to an image collection.


Raster products are currently not supported.

To publish a hosted imagery layer requires the following:

If you do not see the option to publish when you upload an image collection, contact your portal administrator to confirm your portal has a federated Raster Analysis Server and that you have privileges to publish a hosted tile layer.

Follow these steps to create, upload, and publish an image collection in the portal website.

  1. Create a .zip file containing the images you want to load and publish.
  2. Place the .zip file in a location you can access from the portal website.
  3. Sign in to your portal organization and open Content > My Content .
  4. Add the image collection by clicking Add Item > From my computer.
  5. Browse to the .zip file and click Open.
  6. Choose Image Collection from the Contents drop-down list.
  7. Be sure the Publish this file as a hosted layer box is checked.
  8. Type a Title and Tags. These will be used for both the image collection item and hosted imagery layer in the portal.
  9. If your portal administrator configured content categories, click Assign Category and select up to 20 categories to help people find your item. You can also use the Filter categories box to narrow down the list of categories.

    Categories are available beginning with ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6.1.

  10. Click Add Item.

When publishing finishes, an image collection item and hosted imagery layer item are added to the portal. These items are accessible only to you by default. You can share these items with other portal members, the public, or members of specific groups.