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python package for REST API (AGS, AGOL, webmap JSON, etc..)

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Number of watchers on Github 187
Number of open issues 28
Average time to close an issue 10 days
Main language Python
Average time to merge a PR 3 days
Open pull requests 6+
Closed pull requests 8+
Last commit almost 2 years ago
Repo Created over 5 years ago
Repo Last Updated over 1 year ago
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ArcREST Version 3.5.x

A latest release(v3.5.9) of ArcREST can be downloaded here:

  • If you are using an older version(v3.0.1) of ArcRest, you can find it here:
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A set of python tools to assist working with ArcGIS REST API for ArcGIS Server (AGS), ArcGIS Online (AGOL), and ArcGIS WebMap JSON.

This is not a full implementation of the Esri REST API, but we would like to make it, so help out! Please feel free to contribute.


  • Add, Delete, Update and Query Feature Services
  • Upload attachments to feature services
  • Assists in managing and publishing content
  • Allows users to control, migrate and update online content
  • Manage users on Portal, ArcGIS Server, and ArcGIS Online sites
  • Plus additional information not even listed here!


The API reference is hosted here. The Esri portal API reference is hosted here

General Help

New to Github? Get started here.


  • Python 2.7.x/Python 3.4 (
  • numpy >= 1.7.1 (numpy is included with ArcGIS default installation)
  • Six ( (Six is included in current version)
  • pip (

Recommended Installation

  • ArcPy (optional)
  • ArcGIS Desktop 10.2, 10.3, 10.4, 10.5 (optional)
    • If ArcPy is not installed, there will be limited functionality.


Download from PyPi using pip

pip install arcrest_package

Download a geoprocessing package to install ArcREST!

Download the GeoProcessing Package here:
* Note: ArcMap/Catalog is required to use the gpk format.
* Note: this tools can be used to update ArcREST as well
1. Open the GPK in the ArcGIS Desktop Product of your choosing.
2. Run the tool by double clicking on the tool icon.
3. Test the import
  • Note: If you have not done so, you may need to add your python install path and scripts folder to your environment variables. In your system PATH environment variable, add both the path to Python and the Python Scripts folder. ex: C:\Python27\ArcGIS10.3;C:\Python27\ArcGIS10.3\Scripts
  1. Install requirements
  2. run the This should copy it to your python's site-package folder.
pip install -r requirements.txt
python install

Getting Started

Fetch your folders:

import arcrest
from arcresthelper import securityhandlerhelper

config = {'username': 'myusername', 'password': 'myp4ssword'}
token = securityhandlerhelper.securityhandlerhelper(config)
admin = arcrest.manageorg.Administration(securityHandler=token.securityhandler)
content = admin.content
userInfo = content.users.user()

Get item metadata:

item = admin.content.getItem(itemId=itemId)


Find a bug or want to request a new feature? Please let us know by submitting an issue.


Esri welcomes contributions from anyone and everyone. Please see our guidelines for contributing.


Please see our PyPi page.

To build the wheel - python bdist_wheel


Copyright 2016 Esri

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the License); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an AS IS BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.

A copy of the license is available in the repository's LICENSE file.

ArcREST open issues Ask a question     (View All Issues)
  • over 2 years AGSAdministration.createSite() - cluster parameter on AGS 10.4.1
  • over 2 years Unable to disable esri access (userType='arcgisonly')
  • over 2 years Having trouble updating a vector tile package and associated tile layer in AGOL
  • over 2 years bug: unspecified (and poss. unneeded) Python 2.7.9 requirement
  • over 2 years Enterprise login example
  • over 2 years Ability to 'Replace' Item and keep Feature Service ID.
  • over 2 years Feature Layer Attachment Example
  • almost 3 years Unexpected keyword argument "multipart" when doing updateItem()
  • almost 3 years attribute not implemented manageags.AGSAdministration
  • almost 3 years Q: get Group object(s) by title?
  • almost 3 years stop printing errors, return them instead
  • almost 3 years wrong exception thrown for incorrect password
  • almost 3 years RemoveAndAddFeatures using integer as the id field
  • almost 3 years overuse of "pass" keyword? (AKA "pass with care")
  • almost 3 years rebuilt agol tile cache from a python script
  • about 3 years The Big To Do List (ArcREST 4.0)
  • over 2 years comparison to python API
  • over 2 years Create Replica FS problem
  • over 2 years Update GP installer to work in ArcGIS Pro and install arcrest in the correct enviroment
  • over 2 years installer not working properly with ArcGIS Pro 1.4
  • over 2 years pip install not working
  • over 2 years ArcRest Toolbox - Tool "Remove Data from Feature Service" - Error: "missing or invalid parameters"
  • over 2 years ArcRest Toolbox - Tool "Remove Data from Feature Service" - Python Compatibility Issues
  • over 2 years How to createService in folder by AGSAdministration
  • over 2 years Add WebSocket connection to StreamService
ArcREST open pull requests (View All Pulls)
  • import _meteor
  • Update
  • Fix a problem in the manageorg User class currentFolder.setter method
  • Handle servers with no folders except root
  • Keep featureservicetools from returning ags object
  • Convert to Python3
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