Access layer filters in a web map

06-29-2021 06:19 AM
Occasional Contributor II

Is there a way to list and/or modify filters applied to a feature layer within a web map using the ArcGIS API for Python?

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MVP Frequent Contributor

Can't see anything to hand in the layer class, but this post looks to be one way to do it with the JSON Solved: Filter layer inside webmap - Esri Community

Occasional Contributor II

Excellent, I'll give this a try. 


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I have a lot of standard layers across webmaps that require different filters for each layer of the map so I maintain a folder with a JSON file relating to each layer, this way, if a filter changes I just need to alter the JSON file and I can apply the updated filter to over 100 maps to maintain as standard. The JSON files are names the same as the layer in the webmap (well actually the same as the layer title when accessed through the Python API). The below code will apply the filters to one WebMap, I have commented the code.

An example of the JSON file filter

"(status <> 2) AND (usage = 1)"


The Python Script

# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
from arcgis import GIS
import json

def listFilesInFolder(input_fldr, file_extension=None):
        input_fldr      the folderpath
        file_extension  optional parameter to limit filetypes retured

        List of filenames in the folder
    if file_extension in [None, "", " "]:
        return [filename for filename in os.listdir(input_fldr)]
        return [filename for filename in os.listdir(input_fldr) if filename.lower().endswith(file_extension)]

## path to the JSON library, where the JSON files are stored
json_fldr = r"path_to\JSON\Filters"

## the id for the webmap to update, this can be obtained from the webmap url
webmap_id = "wembap_id"

## connect to the AGOL instance
conn = GIS("home")

## reference the webamp through the id provided
item = conn.content.get(webmap_id)

## reference the webmap content/config
item_data = item.get_data()

## list json files in jsnon_fldr
json_list = listFilesInFolder(json_fldr, ".json")

## for each layer in the webmap
for index, i in enumerate(item_data["operationalLayers"]):
    ## get the title of the layer - how it is named as a layer service
    title = item_data["operationalLayers"][index]["title"]
    ## you might want to print the title here to see if the title matches the name of your JSON file
    ## if the title has a match
    if "{0}.json".format(title) in json_list:
        print("\tUpdating: {0}".format(title))
        ## get the filters config for the layer
        with open("{0}\\{1}.json".format(json_fldr, title)) as json_data:
            filters = json.load(json_data)

        ## overwrite the current filters config
        item_data["operationalLayers"][index]['layerDefinition']['definitionExpression'] = filters
        ## update the layer in webmap with the new filters config
        item_properties = {"text":item_data}


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