Frequently asked question

Is it possible to export feature collections to a file geodatabase directly in ArcGIS Online?

Last Published: September 13, 2023


A feature collection is a type of feature layer that is stored in ArcGIS Online. Essentially, a feature collection is a graphic layer which displays features and attributes on a web map using code that is stored within the item in JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) format. Feature collections can be created by adding data directly to a web map and then saving the layers to the web map. The layers can be created using a Map Notes layer or by adding a file, such as CSV, shapefile, or GPX files, directly to a web map. After saving the web map, the feature collection information is stored within the web map JSON.

A particular feature collection layer can be saved as its own Item from the Contents of a web map by using the Save Layer option in the layer properties menu. The Item becomes a reusable layer in Content and can be shared with others as well as added to multiple web maps. However, a feature collection is technically a form of a JSON file, and does not have the same structure as a hosted feature service. 

It is not possible to export a feature collection item directly to a file geodatabase. However, a feature collection can be published as a hosted feature service and the hosted feature service can then be exported to a file geodatabase. The steps are described below:

  1. In ArcGIS Online, go to Content.
  2. Click the feature collection item to open its Item Details page.
  3. Click Publish to create a feature service.

    Click Publish
  4. In Content, browse to the feature service item to open the Item Details page.
  5. Click Export Data > Export to FGDB. This opens the Export to File Geodatabase window.

Click Export

  1. Specify the title and tags, and click Export.
  2. A file geodatabase item is created in Content which can then be downloaded

Article ID:000012941

  • ArcGIS Online

Receive notifications and find solutions for new or common issues

Get summarized answers and video solutions from our new AI chatbot.

Download the Esri Support App

Related Information

Discover more on this topic

Get help from ArcGIS experts

Contact technical support

Download the Esri Support App

Go to download options