Create a Map Reference Layer for ArcGis maps in Power BI


Hi there,
I’ve created a Map Reference Layer in ArcGIS Desktop and I’m wondering what format to share it in so that it will publish to the Reference Layer in ArcGIS map.

The documentation indicates to save as a hosted layer but, ArcGIS desktop is not giving me the option of saving the layer as .SVG file or Esri shapefile.

Just wondering if anyone has had any success with this or could point me in the right direction for instructions on how to do this.


I’m sorry I’ve never actually used ArcGIS before, so I’m not to sure. I wonder, as it’s a paid product do they actually have product teams that provide support on questions like these? I’m honestly not sure myself.


I’ve posted the same question on the ArcGis forums. They indicate the steps required to share a reference layer but, don’t indicate how to create the reference layer (file format or type of reference layer).


Ok great, hopefully someone on that forum should be able to assist quickly on that. I’m sure you’re not the only one with a similar problem

Sorry I can’t offer much more here at the moment.

I’ll have to spend some more time digging into ArcGIS in the near future.