Do Arcade expressions consume any credits in ArcGIS Online?

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02-03-2020 10:06 AM
MericBirol1
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I was wondering if the Arcade expressions like geometry functions and text functions, are consuming any credits in ArcGIS online. Especially when the expressions are in Symbolization and Pop-ups. If they are consuming any credits, how much is it? 

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DianaLavery1
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Hi Meric,

Good question. Arcade expressions do not consume credits.  By "expensive," it's just computationally expensive, so you might see a "loading" message for a split second, especially for the geometry-based functions.

-Diana

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JacobWatson1
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Meric,

As far as I can tell, they do not cost any credits to use. I have a simply expression to shorten address when being displayed on my map and when I am examining my credit cost I can not see any credits going towards expression use only storage of hosted layers. 

This expression is extremely simple so if more complicated expressions takes credits, I will not know.

Hope this helps!

- Jacob Watson

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MericBirol1
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Thank you so much, Jacob for replying! I am still concerned about the geometry functions (and for loops, if statements etc..) in general. I found this information on the Arcade Geometry Function website:

Since Arcade expressions execute for each feature, using multiple geometry operations within the context of the labeling and visualization profiles can be expensive and severely impact the performance of the application.

The word "expensive" made me even more confused, because it is not clear enough. 

Thanks again, 

Meric

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DianaLavery1
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Hi Meric,

Good question. Arcade expressions do not consume credits.  By "expensive," it's just computationally expensive, so you might see a "loading" message for a split second, especially for the geometry-based functions.

-Diana

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MericBirol1
New Contributor II

Hi Diana,

Thank you! This clarifies everything! And, I can keep using Arcade.

Meric