How To: Add an image service to a Web Mapping Application in ArcGIS Server 9.3


Prior to ArcGIS Server 9.3, Image Server was only available as a separate product from ArcGIS Server. It is now also available as an extension to ArcGIS Server 9.3.

Instructions provided describe how to incorporate an image service with a Web Mapping Application in ArcGIS Server.


With ArcGIS Server 9.2, consuming an ArcGIS Image Server service in a Web Mapping Application required adding the image service to the map document and publishing the map to ArcGIS Server.

Listed below are the steps to consuming an ArcGIS Server 9.3 image service in a Web Mapping Application with high quality image results.

  1. Either when publishing an image service or viewing the properties for an existing image service, enable the WMS capability in the Capabilities section of the form/dialog box.
  2. Note the URL provided when the WMS capability is selected and save the changes.
  3. When creating the Web Mapping Application in the Web Manager, click the Add Layer icon as in the graphic.
  4. Click the Icon labeled Add GIS Server.
  5. Select OGC (WMS) Service for the type, enter the URL from step 2, and click Add.

    The service should add and allow the user to include the image service in the map application using the WMS standard. Continue building the application as desired.

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