I was under the impression that the Data Interop extension was needed to use a WFS service in ArcGIS Desktop, as outlined here. The page specifically mentions that a DI license is required.

Now I found another page that shows something different:

screenshot of the Catalog Window

There is no mention of DI, and apparently there is a new option under GIS Servers ('Add WFS Server').

I don't have this option, in ArcGIS 10.3.1 or 10.4.1, so how do I get it? I thought I needed to install DI after all, so I did that, but the option is still not there, nor can I find a way to add it manually. Is this part of the Production Mapping extension?

I have an ArcGIS Enterprise license.


According to this guide you will be able to add a WFS under Interoperability Connections not under GIS Servers.
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At first I did not have this option either, then I realized that I did not install the interoperability extension, I merely added the license. So make sure you both have a license and install the extension.

  • That does not answer my question: How do I get the Add WFS Server options, as displayed in the screenshot? – Berend Jul 20 '16 at 13:24
  • My bad, I thought you wanted to add a WFS in general. As to your question: I actually remember that it was there in previous versions, but I don't have it now either. I can only guess that they removed it in the newer versions. – ylka Jul 20 '16 at 13:29

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