Accesses Esri ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS to upload, manage, update, download, delete, publish, share, or list information about items from an Esri ArcGIS account.

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Typical Uses

  • Manage datasets and supplementary files on ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS by uploading, downloading, publishing, sharing, and deleting files and folders
  • Transfer a file's contents into or out of an attribute in FME
  • Read downloaded ArcGIS data using the FeatureReader, or upload data written by the FeatureWriter to ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS
  • Retrieve file and folder names, paths, links and other information from ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS for use elsewhere in a workspace

How does it work?

The ArcGISOnlineConnector uses either your ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS account credentials (either via a previously defined FME web connection, or by setting up a new FME web connection right from the transformer) to access the file storage service.

Depending on your choice of actions, it will upload or download files, folders, and attributes; list information from the service; share items which already exist in the user’s online content; publish items as feature layers; or delete items from the service. On Uploads, link attributes are added to the output features. On List actions, links and file/folder information are added as attributes.

Usage Notes

  • This transformer cannot be used to directly move or copy files between different ArcGIS user content folders or locations. However, multiple ArcGISOnlineConnectors can be used to accomplish these tasks.
  • Uploading data to ArcGIS is performed via synchronous multipart upload. Each file chunk is 20MB. The connector will upload these chunks consecutively and if a chunk upload fails, the connector will retry each upload up to five times.
  • Early termination of translations when performing publish/update/upload actions may result in malformed ArcGIS item entries. (When publishing, a feature service may be created but any title/tags specified for it may not be honored). (When updating/uploading, it is possible for the metadata to be uploaded before the file content has been uploaded).
  • The FeatureReader can access online ArcGIS content directly (without using the ArcGISOnlineConnector), however, a local copy of the dataset will not be created.


Input Ports

Output Ports


The remaining parameters available depend on the value of the Request > Action parameter. Parameters for each Action are detailed below.

Editing Transformer Parameters

Using a set of menu options, transformer parameters can be assigned by referencing other elements in the workspace. More advanced functions, such as an advanced editor and an arithmetic editor, are also available in some transformers. To access a menu of these options, click beside the applicable parameter. For more information, see Transformer Parameter Menu Options.

Defining Values

There are several ways to define a value for use in a Transformer. The simplest is to simply type in a value or string, which can include functions of various types such as attribute references, math and string functions, and workspace parameters. There are a number of tools and shortcuts that can assist in constructing values, generally available from the drop-down context menu adjacent to the value field.

Dialog Options - Tables

Transformers with table-style parameters have additional tools for populating and manipulating values.


Processing Behavior


Feature Holding


Dependencies Esri Access
Aliases AGOLConnector, ArcGISPortalConnector
History Released FME 2020.1

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