You can add, share, and manage many types of items in ArcGIS Online. While not specifically intended as a warehouse for photos and other kinds of images, you may find that storing these item types in your account is useful. This may be especially true if you want to keep all of the resources you use for web map pop-ups, your Home page graphics, or add to Story Maps and other configurable apps in the same place.
Adding photos and images to My Content
Step 1. Make sure the file is a valid and recognized type
Ensure the file is one of the following types, and uses one of the following extensions: .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .tif, .tiff. See What can you add to ArcGIS Online?
Step 2. Add the file from your computer.
In My Content, click Add Item and choose From my computer.
Step 3. Browse for the file, and add a title and tags, then click Add Item.
Click Choose File to browse for the image file on your computer, add a title and tags, and click Add Item.
Step 4. Complete the item details
As a best practice, add a summary, item description, and update the thumbnail if needed. You may also want to prevent accidental deletion to ensure the image is not inadvertently removed by toggling Delete Protection, found in the General section of the Settings tab.
Step 5. Share the item publicly to obtain the URL.
Click Share in the Overview tab:
Then choose Everyone (public):
Note that the image file item must be shared publicly to obtain the URL for the image.
Step 6: Copy and paste the public URL to use the image
Once publicly shared you will find the public permanent URL of the image in the URL section of the Overview tab, located along the side in the lower right. Below, the URL section is highlighted in yellow:
Click the Copy button to copy the public URL to the clipboard.
Using the images
You can use the images anywhere in ArcGIS Online by using the public image URL found in the item details (obtained in Step 6). For example, you can use the images in web map pop-ups, as your Home page background, or in Story Maps and other configurable apps.
For more information
- What can you add to ArcGIS Online?
- Add items
- Configure pop-ups: Show images
- Configure home page
- Story Maps
This post was originally published December 8, 2015, and has been updated.