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It is possible to publish a .mxd in OpenLayers? I am using ArcGIS 10.0.

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Short Answer: No, not directly


Long Answer You need to understand that these are two different technologies.

a ArcMap Document (.mxd) is a file which tells ArcMap which layers to use and how to render them etc.

OpenLayers is a JavaScript Library that is used for creating application which consume Web Services.

A .mxd file can only be opened in ArcMap, but if you have ArcGIS server, you could then publish that map as a MapService, which could then be consumed in a custom OpenLayers based Application.

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Yes, it is possible, if you use ArcGis Server. There are 2 steps:

1) publish your ".mxd" (really, there are data [stored in gdb, or enterprise geodatabase, or another source] and .mxd)

2) then you can diplay this map in browser. You can use OpenLayers (in this situation you must use WMS) or ArcGis API for JavaScript.

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You could create tiles of your .mxd and then publish those to an open service such as OpenLayers.

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    Are you able to provide more detail about how you would tile an MXD file? – PolyGeo Dec 6 '13 at 21:14
  • @PolyGeo: I belive this can be done with third party Extensions like Arc2Earth – Devdatta Tengshe Dec 7 '13 at 5:13
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    @DevdattaTengshe Connecting ArcGIS to TileMill with Arc2Earth Sync does look like it would go most of the way from an MXD to OpenLayers - thanks for pointing it out – PolyGeo Dec 7 '13 at 6:26

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