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Download shapefile from REST Services directory

05-12-2023 09:34 AM
Occasional Contributor

This may be a simple question but I've been sent a link by a county assessor for a parcel shapefile that I'd like to download; however, I'm unable to download the shapefile. I'm able to view the shapefile in AGOL/ArcPro but I can do anything with it, i.e. export/clip/join tables, etc. Is there something I'm missing? Can someone please explain how to download the shapefile from the REST Service Directory?

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MVP Esteemed Contributor

Can you share the link? If it's in a service directory, it's not a shapefile, it's just another feature service. In your desktop software, you should be able to export the features or copy/paste them to another layer. It's also (usually) possible to send a request directly to the service endpoint to save the features as a GeoJSON, which could easily be converted to a shapefile.

- Josh Carlson
Kendall County GIS
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Greetings @janderson_ksninc 

If all you have been given access to is the ArcGIS Services Directory for the parcel layer,  scroll to the bottom of the page and check if  you see a list that looks as follows:O6DeCEngtN.jpg

If you do, you should be able to use the Create Replica link to download the layer in Shapefile or other formats.
In the Create Replica form, you will need to provide:

Replica Name: <any_name>

Layers: (the layer number. If only one, enter 1)

Sync Model: (for shapefile, select "none" from the pulldown list.)

Data Format: (for shapefile, select "SHAPEFILE" from the pulldown list.)

Click the Create Replica button.

If successful, you should see a link at the bottom of the page (will have to scroll to the bottom of the page again) to the zip file that contains the shapefile. Click the link to download it.


Hope that helps.

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