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Reminder: Raster Basemaps Moving to Mature Support

Esri raster basemaps will be entering mature support, which means it is important to begin updating your ArcGIS maps and apps to vector basemaps. Beginning in July 2021, Esri vector basemaps will become the primary basemaps for use in ArcGIS. At this time, raster basemaps will be placed in Mature Support. They will remain available, but they will no longer be updated. To ensure you are utilizing the latest and greatest data, it is important to update your basemaps to vector as soon as possible.

Esri vector basemaps have multiple advantages:

Which raster basemaps require migration to vector?

The following raster basemaps will be entering mature support in July 2021 and require a migration for optimal basemap use.

World Dark Gray Canvas Base & World Dark Gray Canvas Reference

World Light Gray Canvas Base & World Light Gray Canvas Reference

India Dark Gray Canvas Base & India Dark Gray Canvas Reference

India Light Gray Canvas Base & India Light Gray Canvas Reference

World Boundaries and Places, World Hybrid Overly, and World Transportation

National Geographic World Map

World Street Map

Alternates to Streets include:

World Topo Map

Which raster basemaps do not require a migration?

There are a select set of raster basemap services that will continue to be updated because they are foundational basemaps, and there are no vector basemap service equivalents. These basemap services include imagery, elevation and polar services.

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About the author

Robert is the Product Manager for Geocoding, Network Analyst tools, ArcGIS World Geocoder, and ArcGIS Data Appliance.

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