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Convert Feature To Raster (Map Viewer Classic)

Convert Feature To Raster The Convert Feature To Raster tool does conversion to raster from features.


This tool is now available in Map Viewer, the modern map-making tool in ArcGIS Enterprise. To learn more, see Convert Feature To Raster (Map Viewer).

To run this tool, the organization must be configured for raster analytics.

If you do not see this tool in Map Viewer Classic, contact your organization administrator. Your portal may not be configured for raster analysis, or you may not have the privileges required to run the tool.

Workflow diagram

Convert Feature to Raster workflow


Polygon outlines of land use need to be converted to a raster for further analysis.

Usage notes

Point, line, or polygon features can be converted to a raster.

The cell center is used to decide the value of the output raster pixel. The input field type determines the type of output raster. If the field is integer, the output raster will be integer; if it is floating point, the output will be floating point.

The parameters for this tool are listed in the following table:


Choose feature layer to convert

The input feature to convert to a raster dataset.

Choose field

Choose the field that will be used to assign values to the output raster.

Output cell size

The cell size and unit for the output rasters.

The available units are Miles, Feet, Kilometers, and Meters. The default is Feet.

Result layer name

The name of the layer that will be created in My Content and added to the map. The default name is based on the tool name and the input layer name. If the layer already exists, you will be prompted to provide another name.

You can specify the name of a folder in My Content where the result will be saved using the Save result in drop-down box.


  • Output coordinate system—Specifies the coordinate system of the output layer.
  • Extent—Specifies the area to be used for analysis.
  • Snap Raster—Adjusts the extent of the output so it matches the cell alignment of the specified snap raster layer.
  • Cell size—The cell size to use in the output layer.

Similar tools

The Convert Feature to Raster tool converts from features to raster. Other tools may be useful in solving similar problems.

Map Viewer Classic analysis tools

Use the Convert Raster to Feature tool to convert raster to features.

ArcGIS Pro analysis tools

The Feature to Raster, Point to Raster, Polyline to Raster or Polygon to Raster geoprocessing tools are available in the Conversion toolbox.

The Convert Feature to Raster tool is available in the Raster Analysis toolbox.

ArcGIS Enterprise developers resources

If you are working in the ArcGIS REST API, use the Convert Feature to Raster task.

If you are working in ArcGIS API for Python, use convert_feature_to_raster ArcGIS for Python API website from the module.