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OGC support in ArcGIS Enterprise

Using Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) web services, you can make your maps and data available in an open, internationally recognized format over the web. OGC defines specifications for making maps and data available on the web to anyone with a supported client application, whether it be web-based (such as in the ArcGIS Enterprise portal's Map Viewer) or desktop clients such as ArcGIS Pro.

OGC publishing capabilities in ArcGIS Server

OGC defines several types of services for serving different kinds of data and maps. ArcGIS Enterprise supports the following OGC service types:

  • Web Map Service (WMS) for serving collections of layers as map images
  • Web Map Tile Service (WMTS) for serving map layers as cached map tiles
  • Web Feature Service (WFS) and OGC API Features Service for serving data as vector features
  • Web Coverage Service (WCS) for serving data as raster coverages
  • Web Processing Service (WPS) for serving geospatial processing

You publish these services by enabling capabilities on certain types of ArcGIS Server services. When you create the service, you must explicitly enable the OGC capabilities; they are not enabled by default.

The following table shows which service types can expose OGC capabilities:


Map services


Geodata services


Image services



Geoprocessing services


Consuming OGC services

You can consume OGC services, whether they're hosted inside or outside your organization, using Esri software:

Securing OGC services

OGC services are secured by managing the security of their parent services. For example, when you deny a certain role access to a map service, a user in that role will not be able to access the map service through SOAP, Representational State Transfer (REST), or any OGC interfaces (WMS, WMTS, WFS, WCS, WPS, OGC Features).

ArcGIS Server supports a number of authentication schemes. Services that are expected to be accessed through OGC interfaces should be secured using HTTP Basic, HTTP Digest, or Integrated Windows Authentication. Most OGC clients will understand and work with these authentication schemes and may need additional logic to work with ArcGIS tokens.

Further reading

The links below contain more information about publishing OGC services to ArcGIS Server sites:

You can learn more about OGC services at the Open Geospatial Consortium website.