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Taking the Community Map of Canada Vector Basemap Offline (part 2: ArcGIS Enterprise)

Now that you have read part 1 of our series, it’s time to learn how to take our Community Map of Canada offline for ArcGIS Enterprise. This blog will describe how to take the Vector Tile Package (VTPK) offline in a connected and disconnected environment. 

Going Offline in ArcGIS Enterprise

  1. Sign in to your organization and click ‘Content’ > ‘My Content’
    1. Click ‘Add Item’ and click ‘From a URL’

 Screenshot of the ArcGIS Online sign in page.

  • Type a title and tags to be applied to the package and the hosted layer
  • If your organization administrator has configured content categories, click ‘Assign Category’ and select up to 20 categories to help people find your item
    • You can also type in the Filter categories box to narrow the list of categories
  1. Open a Map Viewer and add the VTPK
    • Click ‘Add’ > ‘Search for Layers’

 Screenshot of the Search for Layers tab

  1. Select the three dots by the name and move the layer to the basemap
  2. Select the basemap tab and remove the World Topo Map in the three dots
    • Do the same for the World Hillshade layer
  3. Save your Web Map, provide tags and set the sharing level to the ‘Organization’ or ‘Public’ for your users to utilize
    • In the Web Map’s item description, select ‘Settings’ and ensure the ‘Enable offline mode’ is toggled
  4. You also have the option to ‘Manage Areas’ to create a small area of interest for offline use  Screenshot of Offline tab

Disconnected Enterprise Environment

Are you configuring ArcGIS Enterprise in an environment where there is no Internet connection available or Internet access is prohibited by your organization? Follow these steps to implement the Vector Tile Package into your disconnected environment.

These steps may be different depending on your ArcGIS Enterprise version.

  1. Navigate to the Community Map of Canada Offline group
    • Select the VTPK package entitled ‘CMOCOffline_VTPK’

 Screenshot of the VPTK package tile

  • Click the thumbnail to download the package
    • This package is very large and may take a while to download
  1. Sign in to your organization and click ‘Content’ > ‘My Content’
    • You must have privileges to create content and publish hosted tile layers
  2. Click ‘Add Item’ and click ‘From your computer’
    • Browse to the location of the vector tile package file (.vtpk)
  3. Leave ‘Publish this file as a hosted layer’ checked

 Screenshot of the Content tab

  • This process will take several minutes
  1. Type a title and the tags to be applied to the package and the hosted layer
  2. If your organization administrator has configured content categories, click ‘Assign Category’ and select up to 20 categories to help people find your item
    • You can also type in the Filter categories box to narrow the list of categories
  3. Click ‘Add Item’
  4. The vector tiles are unpacked and a hosted tile layer is created
    • You can see the tile layer in ‘My Content’ and add it to ‘Map Viewer’ or ‘Scene Viewer’

Applications with Offline Support

If the application you are interested in is not listed below, check that specific application’s documentation to determine whether it supports offline.

  1. ArcGIS FieldMaps
  2. ArcGIS Collector
  3. ArcGIS Survey 123
  4. Basemap Gallery
  5. Explorer for ArcGIS
  6. Workforce for ArcGIS
  7. ArcGIS Pro

If you want to watch the steps being conducted in a video, watch the YouTube tutorial:

This post was translated to French and can be viewed here.

About the Author

Amanda De Medeiros is a Senior Support Enablement Consultant at Esri Canada. She provides support for enterprise customers and internal staff by identifying issues, troubleshooting software, developing workarounds and providing knowledge transfers. Amanda has a BA in Geography and Environmental Studies from McMaster University and a GIS post-graduate degree from Niagara College. Her interest in geography developed from city building and strategy games.

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