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What's new in ArcGIS Server 10.9

ArcGIS Server 10.9 offers new enhancements, tools, and bug fixes. For a list of issues that were fixed at 10.9, see the 10.9 Issues Addressed List.

Review the deprecation notice to determine whether your hardware and software components are still compatible with version 10.9 and to see a list of functionality that has been deprecated.

New features and requirements in 10.9 are described in the following sections.



When upgrading to 10.9, you need to reauthorize your software with a new authorization file for 10.9. You can access your authorization files in My Esri.

Upgrades are not supported from ArcGIS Server 10.3.1 or earlier versions to 10.9. To upgrade your ArcGIS Server site to 10.9, you must first upgrade it to version 10.4 or later; then, upgrade it again to 10.9.

Migrate services to the ArcGIS Pro service runtime

ArcGIS Server web services published from ArcMap use the ArcMap service runtime. Because 10.8.x is the final release cycle of ArcGIS Desktop, support for GIS services published from ArcGIS Desktop is being phased out. ArcGIS Server 10.9.x is the last release cycle to support the ArcMap service runtime.

After 10.9.1, it will no longer be possible to publish services from ArcMap (including ArcPy based in ArcMap) to ArcGIS Server sites. Additionally, some services published from ArcMap will no longer be able to run if present when you upgrade ArcGIS Server to a version released after 10.9.1.

Begin transitioning all publishing workflows to ArcGIS Pro for new services now, start migrating all existing services to the ArcGIS Pro service runtime, and republish services that can't be migrated.

New in ArcGIS Server Manager

If you have an advanced Production Mapping Server or Defense Mapping Server license, you can publish a Topographic Production service (a map service with the Topographic Production capability enabled).

Two new options are available when you edit map services (with or without Feature Access):

  • The Preferred Time Zone property, available on services published from ArcGIS Pro, specifies the time zone for ArcGIS Pro to use when displaying queries from the service.
  • A new time zone option, Unknown, prevents any time zone conversions from occurring on data in the service. This is useful to preserve time data, such as when a service contains time stamps from multiple time zones.

Print services

At 10.9, you can include TIFF outputs in custom print services.

Other ArcGIS Enterprise components

See the following to find out what's new in Portal for ArcGIS, ArcGIS Data Store, and the ArcGIS REST API Services Directory: