I want to load a basemap into ArcMap 9.3 using "Add Data from ArcGIS Online" tools.

Does anyone know the URL needed to load it?

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From the ArcGIS Desktop 9.3 Help:

You can alternately make a connection to the ArcGIS Online ArcGIS Server from inside your Catalog to access the key basemaps: In the Add ArcGIS Server connection dialog, paste this URL into the Server URL field: http://services.arcgisonline.com/arcgis/services. You can then browse the services it contains.

The URL mentioned is probably the one you have asked for.

I just used the 9.3 instructions above at 10.2 to view the Ocean Basemap and they still work.


You can use the following webpage to add basemaps to 9.3.

Esri Basemap Layers

If you click the Open link under each layer you can either save as a layer file or open in ArcGIS desktop

  • i asked for another method required to enter a URL , but yours it ok ! Great job . – Yahia El Haddad Jan 24 '14 at 22:38

Does it have to be through the "Add Data" button?

Referring to This help page, I would suggest visiting the basemap's ArcGIS Online page to add it to your map in Desktop.

It's been a while since I worked with 9.3 but couldn't you add the basemap as a service in ArcCatalog?

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