I would like to add a north arrow for online applications/maps in the ArcGIS Online platform.

I can't seem to find if this is possible and/or how?

  • Welcome. Please take the community tour: gis.stackexchange.com/tour Do you want this to show up on a print out of the map or on screen? – MaryBeth Dec 31 '15 at 16:29
  • Both if possible. – whyzar Dec 31 '15 at 17:01
  • I don't see a way to add one or the need to add one. The map doesn't rotate/tilt. North is always on-top. – Petunia311 Dec 31 '15 at 18:41
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    While North may always be up, often a cartographer includes a north arrow for aesthetic or stylistic reasons (even in a purely digital application). – Erica Dec 31 '15 at 20:20
  • I assume your using one of the default templates in ArcGIS Online, and currently none of them (except the 3D ones) allow you to rotate the map view. I also assume your underlying web-map is using a coordinate system where north is always in the same direction (i.e. up). I tend to agree with @Petunia that it is not neccessary for the online version, but you can easily add it to your print layouts. If you really need one in the online view, you could either add a graphic into one of the sidebars of the many templates if this suffices? – Simon Jan 4 '16 at 12:50

This blog post

ESRI Blog Post (Part 2)

... shows a method that involves converting text to features and adding the features in as you would a regular feature layer in your ArcGIS Online map. Skip ahead to figure 8 in the link I provided (the "RISK" map), and read through the paragraph after that figure. You have to have the font on your system and you will be doing much of the work using "ArcMap" to convert the graphics to features and then you'll be able to bring the result into ArcGIS Online.

  • This seems as another possibility that I'll try. – whyzar Jan 6 '16 at 16:36

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