Cannot view ArcMap Service event layer features using Java client

Last Published: April 25, 2020


Event layers are based on tabular data. Events are plotted on a map using either x/y or route location field values stored in the event table. Route events can be either point events or line events. The process of displaying route events on a map is known as 'dynamic segmentation'.

You can serve both x/y and route event layers using ArcMap Server. In some cases, however, the event features cannot be viewed when using Java client.


If the table upon which the event layer is based contains no ObjectID (OID) field, you won't be able to view the event features using Java client.

Tables from the following data sources do not contain an ObjectID field:
� Tables accessed via an OLE DB connection (there are exceptions - see article 20463)
� Delimited text files
� Tables from an SDE 3 database (feature classes from SDE 3 do have an ObjectID field)
� Tables in an ArcSDE 8 database that have not yet been registered with a geodatabase (unregistered feature classes have an OID field)
� Tables in an Access database that have not yet been registered with a geodatabase

To quickly find out whether an event table has an ObjectID field, open the table's Properties dialog box in ArcCatalog, click the Fields tab and examine the field list to see if one is type ObjectID.

Solution or Workaround

This is a known limitation for Java clients. For events to render properly in JAVA client, the event table requires an ObjectID field.

Consider the following options for obtaining an ObjectID field:

  • If you have a table connected to via OLE DB, you can create a unique, not null index for a long integer field (see "Create your own metadata editor" in Related Information below).
  • If you have a non-registered table in a geodatabase, you can register the table with the geodatabase to add an ObjectID field.
  • Export the table to a format that automatically contains an ObjectID, such as a geodatabase, dBASE or INFO.

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