An ArcGIS Server web service represents a GIS resource—such as a map or image—that is located on an ArcGIS Server site and is made available to client apps such as Map Viewer.
You can add ArcGIS Server web services to your ArcGIS Enterprise portal to use them in apps throughout the ArcGIS platform. How you add a service depends on how you need to use it.
- If you want to create a reference to an ArcGIS Server web service to make it easier for others to access and discover the service, do one of the following:
- Add a web service from a stand-alone ArcGIS Server site as an item.
- Publish your resource to an ArcGIS Server site that is federated with your portal. When you do this, the service is automatically added as an item in your portal.
- You can also add ArcGIS Server web service directly to Map Viewer or Scene Viewer, and configure the service layer within a specific map or scene. The maps and scenes you save with those layer configurations can be used in apps.
Creating items that reference services
To help people discover and use your ArcGIS Server web services in their apps, add them as items to My Content in the portal or publish web services to a federated server. You can store settings and information on the items, configure the item style and pop-ups, and use these items in maps, apps, and scenes.
When you share the configured items, it allows other people to take advantage of the settings you made and allows them to use the items in their own maps, apps, and scenes.
The following tables show the types of items created for each type of ArcGIS Server web service you add. Note that not all ArcGIS Server web services are supported as items.
When you add the services listed in the following table, ArcGIS Enterprise creates layer items that allow you to visualize the data. Store configuration settings with the item layers, such as styles and pop-ups, making these settings available to anyone who can access the layer.
|ArcGIS Server web service||Layer item|
Feature service (map service with feature access enabled)
If you published the feature service from a nonspatial table, the item is a table layer.
Image service (cached and dynamic)
Image service (cached, type LERC)
Map service (dynamic)
Map service (cached)
If you publish a cached map service from ArcGIS Pro or ArcMap to a federated server, the item type is Map image layer.
*Requires ArcGIS GeoEvent Server
The services listed in the following table create items you or the administrator can use as tools in the portal.
|ArcGIS Server web service||Item type|
You must publish the geoprocessing service to a federated server from ArcGIS Pro. You cannot add a geoprocessing service from the web as an item to the portal.
Network Analysis service
Network Analysis Service
Adding services directly to maps and scenes
You can add web services to Map Viewer and Scene Viewer directly using the REST endpoint URL of the service.
When you add ArcGIS Server web services to a map or scene using the service URL, you configure settings for the web service layer within the map or scene. Those settings are stored in and are specific to that individual map or scene. You can add the following to a map or scene using the service URL:
- Feature service (map service with feature access enabled)
- Image service, cached or dynamic
- Image service, cached, type LERC creates an elevation layer in Scene Viewer
- Map service, cached or dynamic
- Stream service (Map Viewer only)
- OGC services
If you need to change the URL for an ArcGIS Server web service after it has been saved in a map, you can do that from the layer settings of the web map's item page.
When you add a secure ArcGIS Server service as an item in an ArcGIS Enterprise portal, you choose whether to store the credentials necessary to access the service with the layer item. If the credentials are not stored, you may be prompted for credentials you access the service. If the credentials are stored with the layer item, you won't be prompted. If you want to change credentials after adding the item, you can edit the item details and enter a different user name or password. Storing credentials with the item is only supported for token-based services.
You cannot alter the source URL for items that store credentials to access a secure service.
It is recommended that you make all services accessible using HTTPS only, which encrypts the information in the service when it is transmitted over the Internet. If you own or have privileges to administer secure services with embedded credentials and your secure service's data source is using the HTTP protocol, you can replace http with https in the URL on the Settings tab of the service item's item page.
User names might be case sensitive depending on how your identity systems are managed.
When you store your credentials for a secure service, the layer item behaves like a proxy, in that all requests to the service go through ArcGIS Enterprise. This proxy adds some delay when accessing the service and is slower than going directly to the service.
When you use secure services, you might want to limit use of these items by limiting the URL or IP addresses that can access them. See Best practices for sharing for more information.