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What's new in Esri Vector Basemaps (March 2021)

Our release last week included basemap data updates, new contributor content, and improvements to several styles. Additionally, we released localized versions of our maps in six more languages. Esri vector basemaps are available in the following languages, the newest additions shown in bold: Arabic, Chinese (Hong Kong), Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Taiwan), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese. We have maps in more languages being prepared for release mid-year.

To specify one of these languages for your organization, update the organization’s region and language settings and ensure that your organization is configured to use Esri vector basemaps as the default basemap gallery.

Esri Localization

Style Editor

A key benefit using Esri Vector Basemaps is custom cartographic styling. Through the Vector Tile Style Editor, put a unique touch on your map’s look. The Quick Editor feature single click color changes across the map. Don’t like the results? Click again. Fine tune the map style through layer control changes. Turn features off. Change colors. Replace typefaces. Adjust line widths. These are the tip of what can be done to make your mark on your design. The editor is accessible through this app or from the “change style” icon in the map viewer. See supporting documentation.

Esri Vector Tile Style Editor

Data Contributions and Community Map Editor

The Community Maps Program for Basemaps uses the best available data sources to produce a wide variety of multi-scale, online basemaps. These maps serve as a foundation for almost any GIS task. Provide your organization’s authoritative data to enhance the map. If you don’t have a collection of data layers to provide, but still want to contribute, consider adding content through the Community Maps Editor app. Edit parts of the Esri Community Maps basemap to add detailed features for universities, schools, parks, landmarks, and other special areas of interest.

Community Map Program


Need to make a correction to one of our maps? Our Feedback Services are built for this purpose. Mark up the map and enter the details. We’ll review and publish the edit to the basemaps.

Esri Vector Feedback

About the author

Andy is the Project Manager for the Basemaps in the ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World. Creating and updating the basemaps is a collaboration of the Community Maps, Data, Authoring, QA, Release, and Development teams.

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