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I am putting together a GIS server using GeoServer and need some help with importing my layer styles from ArcGIS 10 to SLD format.

I have one layer in ArcMap properly symbolized and labeled, how can I get this layers symbolization and labeling into a SLD file?

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The Community Edition can only export single layers, you'll need to upgrade to Pro if you want create a single SLD file for your entire Map. After your selection, click on the Export button and you will be asked for a location to export to.

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I have it installed and the MXD I am using has 1 layer on it, whenever I try the Export Single Layer option the drop down menu is blank, any ideas? – Furlong Nov 29 '10 at 20:54
EDIT: Never mind, I just got it to work! – Furlong Nov 29 '10 at 21:17
Seems like Community Edition was killed and there is only paid version. – Miro Jul 3 '14 at 0:18
Now renamed Arc2Earth Lite – Mapperz Jul 3 '14 at 0:24
Current Arc2Earth Lite users will have until June 1st, 2014 to upgrade to a full subscription. So no fun anymore. – Miro Jul 3 '14 at 0:27

I was looking for the same thing just the other day and found this I haven't tried it yet though so will be interested to hear if you do.

As noted by @AlexTereshenkov in a comment there is also a version for ArcGIS Desktop 10 - see bottom of the A tool for reading out styling information from ArcMap® and converting into Styled Layer Descriptor-Files (SLD) of OGC page.

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Found this works for ArcGIS 9.3 but not ArcGIS 10. Furlong was looking for ArcGIS 10 solution. But yes a valid project that needs an update. – Mapperz Nov 23 '10 at 14:57
Does arcmap2sld work for ArcGIS 10? – Matt Dec 15 '10 at 19:11
It does, they released the ArcGIS 10 version: – Alex Tereshenkov Jun 1 '13 at 7:23
Unfortunately, the ArcMap2SLD Converter only works in ArcGIS 10.0, not in later versions such as 10.2 Also, Arc2Earth has deprecated their "lite" version. – mike Sep 24 '14 at 17:34

The best solution I've seen for arcgis to sld conversion is GeoCat Bridge. It's not free, but then again neither is ArcGIS 10. It'll publish directly to your GeoServer, using its REST config API (and also stick your metadata on GeoNetwork).

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