I am new with Online/WebGIS concept from ESRI and mostly worked on ArcMap 10.3 until now. We have recently created a WebGIS for one of our clients with a lot of vector layers which is pretty big data.

The client has recently asked for an offline version of the whole data in WebGIS including all the layers and their Attributes in Windows System and just as read-only usage.

The Client does not have ArcGIS in house and they just saw our delivery in our office. I search a bit in this regard and found "ArcGIS Explorer" related but I am not if that is the best approach.

As the client has no ArcGIS software, which approach in your opinion would be helpful to do this task?

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  • Which type of device would your client be using (Windows, iOS, Android)? Will he need to edit data, or is everything read-only? – Berend Oct 3 '18 at 13:12
  • Windows and as read only – Chiki2025 Oct 3 '18 at 13:20

Which brand of WebGIS are you using now, Esri?

In that case, the most obvious way would be to use one of the Esri apps, such as Explorer or Collector, which both have offline capabilities (also available in the Microsoft Store and the Apple App Store).

These apps are 'freely' available, but are obviously only useful if you already have ArcGIS Server, or using ArcGIS Online.

There are some requirements as to how the data should be published to be available offline, but that is outside the scope of this question.


Since you indicated that your client is using Windows, and the data is read-only, one option would be to install ArcGIS Earth on the client's machines. You would have to export all your feature data to shapefiles, and basemaps (if you are using those) to tile packages. See Supported data types.

ArcGIS Explorer is also free, and still available for download. However it is retired for almost a year now, so I wouldn't recommend using it.

Another free option is QGIS. I haven't really used it myself, but there are many on this site who have. It is a lot more advanced than ArcGIS Earth.

  • Thank you for your guidance. Is there any Limitation for Explorer or Collector? As I mentioned, the created layers are really big data. – Chiki2025 Oct 3 '18 at 12:59
  • I suppose there are. But in my experience the first limit we hit is storage space on the device itself, especially for offline basemaps. – Berend Oct 3 '18 at 13:01
  • So how does your client access your webgis now? – Berend Oct 3 '18 at 13:03
  • We have just presented them in our Office and informed them About the Costs so now they have asked for the Version of the data but as offline – Chiki2025 Oct 3 '18 at 13:04
  • That changes thing a bit. It would have been useful to have that information in your original question – Berend Oct 3 '18 at 13:05

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