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As the month of June came to a close, we updated our Esri Vector Basemaps tile set. New content was contributed from our commercial, community, and open source data providers. Additionally, three new styles were released: Navigation (Dark Mode), National Geographic Style, and Watercolour. The latter two are described in more detail in their own blogs posted by the cartographer who designed the maps. First,Wes Jones shares info on Watercolour. Next up, Andy Skinner shares info on National Geographic Style.


new Esri Vector Basemaps
New Esri Vector Basemap designs: National Geographic Style and Watercolour

Navigation (Dark Mode)

The newly released Navigation (Dark Mode) is a counterpart to our existing Navigation style vector basemaps. The dark mode map was built with the Esri Tracker App in mind. This provides a basemap for low-light conditions and emphasizing the purpose of the app: asset location tracking. It can also be used in other situations where you want to symbolize your own content on a darker background. This Navigation (Dark Mode) joins our three other dark-focused designs: Streets (Night), Dark Gray Canvas, and Human Geography Dark. Each of these Esri Vector Basemaps have their own unique styling and content specs. They also have their own daytime or lighter-style counterpart.


Navigation Dark Mode Esri Vector Basemaps

New map style: Navigation (Dark Mode) Esri vector basemap


Our OpenStreetMap vector tile set was updated, too. It is built from the Esri-maintained OSM replica database.  Two other OSM-based styles are now available. See this separate blog.

Map Viewer Style Editor

Vector Tile Style Editor

The Esri Vector Tile Style Editor is coming out of Beta. It is available on this Developer site to restyle vector basemaps. With the latest ArcGIS Online update, the vector style editor is accessible from within the Map Viewer of Launch the app from the icon under a vector layer.  See image at left. Do a Quick Edit restyling (one click gets you a completely restyled map) or change more parameters using the in-depth Style by Layer. Your options to redesign the a map are essentially unlimited.


Vector Tile Style Editor for Esri Vector Basemaps


Accessible from the Developer Site or from within the Map Viewer, the Vector Tile Style Editor can create one-of-a-kind custom tile layers.



We’ve expanded our collection of vector basemap styles for those users wanting the WGS84/GCS tiling scheme. The vector maps that utilize a raster base layer (e.g. Imagery Hybrid (WGS84)) are ready-to-use. Web maps include the correct base layers.


WGS84 Esri vector basemaps

Community Maps

The last topic of new updates related to Esri vector basemaps this release. We now offer users this collection called Esri Vector Basemaps (Community Maps). We heard your requests. Include *ALL* the data that communities are providing through the Community Maps Program. This includes community roads and administrative boundary lines. The maps in this group do just that! Now, this version of vector basemap styles: Street, Navigation, Canvas, etc. present the community content — without users saving their own json styles. We’ve done it for you. All these maps include “(Community Maps)” in their title.


Esri Vector Basemaps:  Feedback

Ever see a problem with Esri Vector Basemap data or display? Report issues directly on this Feedback Map. As a result, our team reviews your comments and considers the update for one of our frequent releases.

GeoNet:  the Esri community

Visit the ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World product page on GeoNet.  Ask questions, share updates and custom styles, and browse this space for the content you need!

2019 Esri UC

Stop by say, “Hi!” at this year’s User Conference

Finally, if you’re in San Diego for the 2019 Esri User Conference, stop at the Living Atlas Basemaps kiosk.  We’re in the Data & Location Services area of the expo. Get your questions answered from the team of cartographers making the maps. Or just stop by to say, “Hi!”, because we’ll have buttons and stickers to collect. For a selection of Tech Workshops and Demo Theater topics, use keyword vector basemaps in the searchable online UC agenda. Session topics range from adding your data via the Community Maps Editor app to contributing larger amounts of content through the Community Maps Program. Learn best practices for building you own vector tiles in addition to how to find the best basemap for your use. For you creative types, learn how to restyle ready-made vector basemaps from the Living Atlas. There is so much to explore!


Visit Esri's Basemaps kiosk at the UC

This post was originally published on the ArcGIS blog page.


Last summer, we introduced a new OpenStreetMap Vector Basemap.  Since that time, we have made numerous updates to the basemap and improved the integration with ArcGIS Online.  With our update last week, we’ve added new styles and another tile scheme to the OpenStreetMap group.


Esri hosts a live replica of the OpenStreetMap (OSM) data, which we reference with ArcGIS Pro to build and publish a hosted vector tile layer in ArcGIS Online.  Because it is a vector basemap, Esri and our users can re-style the basemap in many ways. The initial style mimics OSM cartography. We created two more styles built on the OSM data. We created map items in the Esri Street Map style as well as Esri Hybrid Reference style intended for display over imagery.

OSM Esri

OpenStreetMap Vector Tiles hosted by Esri


OSM Esri

OpenStreetMap Vector Tiles hosted by Esri, Cartography matching Esri Street Map


OSM Esri

OpenStreetMap Vector Tiles hosted by Esri, Cartography matching Esri Imagery Hybrid


Vector Tile Style Editor

If you’d like to create your own style, you can do that through the Vector Tile Style Editor!  The Vector Tile Style Editor app supports re-styling the OpenStreetMap basemap through the Quick Edit tools, along with the other Esri basemaps.  You can select the OpenStreetMap style to get started, use the Quick Edit tools to quickly re-style the many layers in the map to make it your own, and then save the custom map to your ArcGIS Online account. The Vector Tile Style Editor can also be accessed through the ArcGIS Online Map Viewer.

Esri Vector Tile Style Editor

Esri Vector Tile Style Editor


As an alternative to the stand-alone style editor app, sign in to and add a vector tile layer to the contents of the Map details panel. Click the icon under the layer to launch the style editor app. The editor is accessible from a vector tile layer within or outside of the basemap.

Map Viewer Style Editor

Style Editor accessible through the Map Viewer



For those looking for WGS84/GCS tiling scheme, we’ve released a separate GCS tile set (OpenStreetMap_GCS_v2) with the same map styles as the OSM in Web Mercator Aux. Sphere:  OSM cartography, Esri Street style, and Esri Hybrid Reference.


OSM Esri

OpenStreetMap Vector Tiles hosted by Esri, GCS varieties


Accessing the Map

The OpenStreetMap vector basemap hosted by Esri is freely available to any user or developer to use in your map or app!  The OpenStreetMap vector basemap hosted by Esri is provided under a Creative Commons by Attribution (CC BY 4.0) license so that it may be used freely, and without transaction limits, in your internal and public facing maps.  You just need to give appropriate credit for use of the map (i.e. “Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors, Map layer by Esri”) in your work.


The OpenStreetMap vector basemap is available in the ArcGIS Online basemap gallery.  This is the case for anonymous users, new organizations, as well as ArcGIS Online organizations that have configured the Basemap Gallery to use the Esri Default maps and have enabled use of Esri vector basemaps. If your organization has not yet enabled use of Esri vector basemaps, we encourage you to do that now.

Vector gallery basemaps

Default Vector Basemaps in Gallery


You can also access the map through the OpenStreetMap Vector Basemap group.  If you are a developer, or a user embedding the map in a website or story map, we encourage you to use the web map referenced in this group, and also part of the Living Atlas.


GeoNet:  The Esri Community

Finally, ask questions, share updates, and browse the space for the content you need! Visit the ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World product page.


GeoNet Product Page: Living Atlas of the World

GeoNet Product Page: Living Atlas of the World