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FAQ: Does ArcGIS Online support publishing group layers as hosted feature services?

Question

Does ArcGIS Online support publishing group layers as hosted feature services?

Answer

When authoring a map in ArcMap or ArcGIS Pro to publish a hosted feature service, group layers can be used to organize layers within the Table Of Contents (below left). When the feature service is published to ArcGIS Online, these group layers are no longer seen in the layer structure (below right).

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ArcGIS Online currently does not support publishing Group Layers as feature services. During the publishing process, any Group Layers in the Table Of Contents are dropped. When the feature service is published, the layers are listed individually outside of any groups. This limitation is messaged when analyzing a document from the Service Editor prior to publishing the feature service.

Note:
This limitation for publishing group layers as feature services also applies to services hosted in ArcGIS Server or ArcGIS Enterprise. Group layers are supported when publishing map services to Server or Enterprise.

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