So I have access to a hosted feature service, and I want to take from ArcGIS online and download to use in ArcMap. I didn't create this feature service. I don't own it, so the options I would typically use aren't available to me. (i.e: there's no export option on the right side of the feature's services overview page, nor is there an option under the layer to download as a geodatabase. Click on 'Open in ArcGIS Desktop' just downloads an item.pitem (don't know what that is).

Is there a way for me to download this data without creating a replica?

Is there a way for me to sync edits from ArcMap back into ArcGIS online?

  • 3
    Have you considered contacting the author and asking permission?
    – Bjorn
    Aug 11, 2017 at 21:15
  • Esri wrote a python tool for this. geonet.esri.com/docs/… Aug 14, 2017 at 12:10
  • If you uses a feature service, then you are downloading the data when you use it.
    – nmtoken
    May 16, 2022 at 9:55

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I do not think you can sync if you are not authorized there are couple of ways I know to replicate/download the data, first open qgis and add the feature service or map service Once the data is loaded you can then right click the layer name and save as a shapefile or some other formats, If you do not have qGIS you can login/register to demo.cartoview.net you will find a tool that will copy the GIS feature service URL to a geonode layer, once the layer is created visit the layer page you will find a download link for a shape file and some other formats


The hosted feature layer will need to be enabled for data sync, but this can only be done by the hosted layers publisher (ie: Not you).


Also in the above link documentation, it suggests that having the author enable this, will also help facilitate downloading the data into ArcMap, ready for data sync back.

So - on the assumption that you are allowed to edit the data or its yours to edit, you will need to get in contact with an AGOL administrator that can facilitate this.

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