Publish and consume ArcGIS Server services
If your organization has deployed a stand-alone ArcGIS Server and you want to share its services on the web, this topic outlines a workflow for doing so. The following sections provide an overview of the steps needed to create and consume GIS services using their REST endpoints (URLs.)
For an overview of considerations for building web apps, see Sharing GIS content on the web.
Use ArcMap to create and share content as GIS services
ArcMap enables you to create, share, and consume GIS services. With ArcMap, you can create geographic information that is captured and preserved as geodatabases, map documents, geoprocessing toolboxes, image files, and so on. Each of these resources can be published and shared as GIS web services using ArcGIS Server. GIS service URLs are obtained through the ArcGIS Server Services Directory. Once you create a connection to your ArcGIS Server, you can also add services directly to ArcMap to consume them.
Consume ArcGIS Server services through a REST endpoint (URL)
If your organization is using a stand-alone configuration of ArcGIS Server or if your current needs are to build a web app using the REST endpoints (URLs) for your services, the following options are available for creating web apps and allowing users to consume your GIS services.
For a step-by-step example of this workflow, see Publishing a map service.
ArcGIS Web APIs
ArcGIS Runtime SDKs
You can use the ArcGIS Runtime SDKs to build and deploy native apps to a variety of popular platforms and devices. Add powerful spatial capabilities to your native apps and empower your app users to do all things GIS, even when offline. For more information, see the ArcGIS Runtime SDKs reference guide.
Portal for ArcGIS or ArcGIS Online
If you have access to and credentials for Portal for ArcGIS or ArcGIS Online, you can add GIS services to the map viewer in either using a REST endpoint (URL), and share them as web maps and web apps. GIS service URLs are obtained through the ArcGIS Server Services Directory.