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Your Account

There are two basic types of accounts for individuals:

Free Public Acconts

  • You can create, store, and manage maps, apps, and data, and share them with others
  • Get access to content shared by Esri and GIS users around the world
  • Public accounts are for noncommercial use only

Subscription Account

  • Subscription is a private instance for your organization
  • Must be invited by administrator in that organization
  • Allows levels of privacy
  • Allows hosted map services
  • Can register ArcGIS Server services

Functional Roles

  • User
    • Main content consumer
    • Add and share content
    • Create web maps
    • Can join groups
  • Publisher
    • Can use Arc for Desktop to publish services
  • Administrator
    • Manage subscription
    • Manage user roles
    • Can reassign content to other users (say, if people leave the organization)

More information on roles from ArcGIS Online help



  • Created within an organization
  • Specified users can be part of a group or groups
  • Group status:
    • Private (invitation only)
    • Organization
    • Public
    • Can set whether users can apply to join or require an invitation
  • Can set thumbnail image for group
  • Content can be shared with:
    • Individuals (private)
    • One or more groups
    • Organization
    • Everyone (public)
  • Content can be tagged to make easy to find

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