Changes to default geocoding locator options at ArcGIS for Desktop 10.1 SP1

Blog Post created by geonetadmin on Jan 4, 2013
Starting at ArcGIS for Desktop 10.1 SP1, the default locator options for geocoding have geolocating-150x150.jpgchanged. The only locators that appear in the list of default address locators (populated from the DefaultLocators.xml file) after the install of SP1 are the ArcGIS Online World Geocoding Service, which points to, and the MGRS Military Grid Reference System locator. The locators pointing to the geocoding services at are no longer included in the DefaultLocators.xml file after installing ArcGIS for Desktop 10.1 SP1.

The DefaultLocators.xml file is responsible for populating the list of locators seen in the Geocoding toolbar and the Locations tab of the Find tool. This is expected behavior after installing ArcGIS for Desktop 10.1 SP1. A detailed announcement explaining the reasons behind this change in the geocoding process is available in this December 2012 blog post from the Esri Development team: World Geocoding in ArcGIS for Desktop 10.1 SP1 

Included with this change is the eventual deprecation of the locators housed at The goal is to use the ArcGIS Online World Geocoding Service as a complete solution for batch geocoding and geosearch capabilities. Eventually, the ArcGIS Online World Geocoding Service will be the only option available for online batch geocoding and will require a fee; however, the World Geocoding Service can be used for free to perform geosearches using the Find tool and the Geocoding toolbar. To batch geocode using the new World Geocoding Service in ArcGIS Desktop 10.1 SP1, an ArcGIS Online Organization subscription will be required.

For a limited time prior to deprecation, connections can continue to be made to through ArcCatalog or the Catalog window in ArcMap. Detailed instructions on how to make this connection are available in the Esri Technical Article, HowTo: Add the World Geocoding Service to ArcMap for batch geocoding.

Once the geolocators at are deprecated, the options for batch geocoding will be reduced to using the fee-based World Geocoding Service, using the locators included with StreetMap Premium data for TomTom or Navteq that are available for purchase, using the StreetMap North America locators on the Data & Maps media that is included with the ArcGIS for Desktop 10.1 software, or building a custom locator.Related Information

Below are links to additional information concerning some of the topics discussed:Shana B. - Desktop Support Analyst