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Using Third-Party Tilesets in ArcGIS Desktop

Question asked by MappingAutomation on Apr 12, 2017

Four years ago, there was an ArcGIS Blog posting detailing how third-party tilesets like Stamen and MapBox could be used as basemaps in ArcGIS Online. One of the comments after the article lamented how these tilesets couldn’t be used in ArcGIS Desktop. Although it was anticipated to be available in ArcGIS Desktop 10.2, as of 10.5 it still doesn’t work: loading the .pkinfo package generated by ArcGIS Online yields a “Could not open the specified file” message. Is there not ever going to be Desktop (or Pro) support for open-source web tilesets?