Changes to Bing Maps usage in ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Desktop

Recent changes to the Bing Maps Terms of Use ( mean that complimentary use of Microsoft’s Bing Maps within ArcGIS software is being phased out. ArcGIS software will continue to be Bing Maps-ready, but you will need to obtain a Bing Maps key directly from Microsoft to use with your ArcGIS products. Once you have applied the new Bing Maps key, you will again be able to use Bing Maps with your ArcGIS software.

Last week’s release (March update) of ArcGIS Online (AGOL) introduced the first stage of this transition by adding new functionality, allowing users to input a Bing Maps key into their AGOL Subscription account.


Getting a Bing Maps key

The following Microsoft topic describes how to create a Bing Maps key:

There are 3 types of Bing Maps key:

  1. Trial - Trial keys are used for evaluation during a 90 day evaluation period and must not exceed 10,000 transactions of any type in any 30 day period
  2. Basic - Basic keys are used for non-trial applications that do not exceed 50,000 transactions of any type within a 24 hours period and comply with the limits of the application type as defined by the Bing Maps Terms of Use
  3. Enterprise - Enterprise keys are used for enterprise accounts only with a separately executed, valid Bing Maps agreement in place. To become an enterprise customer you need to contact Bing Maps for Enterprise


Adding a Bing Maps key to ArcGIS Online

To add a Bing Maps key to an ArcGIS Online Subscription account go to My Organisation > Edit Settings > Map, enter your Bing Maps key into the textbox under the Bing Maps heading and click Save:


Loading a Bing Maps layer into ArcGIS Online

The workflow to add a Bing Basemap to your map has changed. By default, you can no longer add Bing Maps from the Basemap section of the map viewer.

To add a Bing Basemap to your map, select Add > Add Layers from Web > A Bing Basemap (from the dropdown box), select the required Bing Maps layer and click Add Layer:

If you would like to have Bing Maps displayed using the Basemap Button, you can do so by creating a Group that contains both Esri and Bing Basemaps and then changing the selected Basemap Gallery from Esri Default to your new Group:

  1. Select Groups in the banner.
  2. Select ‘Create a Group’.
  3. Complete the required fields (including Group members) and click ‘Save’.
  4. In the ‘Search for Maps’ area, search for ‘Bing Maps’ (make sure to uncheck the option "Only search in Organization" on the left). This will display the Bing Maps Aerial, Roads and Hybrid.
  5. Click ‘Details’ for the Map you want to add to the Group.
  6. Click ‘Share’ and select the Group that you created.

Repeat steps 4 to 6 for all of the maps that you would like to use as basemaps (including Esri basemaps).

  1. Select My Organisation > Edit Settings > Map
  2. Under Basemap Gallery, select the Group that you created
  3. Click ‘Save’ and go the Map viewer. Now, you should be able to see all of the basemaps that were included in the group.


Bing Maps in ArcGIS Desktop

As a result of the ArcGIS Online release, Bing Maps has also been removed from the ‘Add Basemaps’ section of ArcGIS for Desktop:

Currently, Bing Maps can still be accessed from the ‘Add Data from ArcGIS Online’ window without the need for an ArcGIS Online account or a Bing Maps key:

However at the end of September, Bing Maps will also be removed from this dialog. Customers will then be expected to do one of the following, depending on the version of ArcGIS for Desktop being used:

ArcGIS 10.1 for Desktop users will currently have to upgrade to ArcGIS 10.2 before being able to input a Bing Maps key (although this is subject to change and a patch may be released). ArcGIS 10.2 is currently scheduled to be available Summer 2013.

ArcGIS 10.0 for Desktop users will need to install a patch to use their Bing Maps key. This patch will introduce an option to add a Bing Maps key into your ArcGIS Administrator/ License Server Administrator. The patch is currently scheduled to be available Summer 2013.

ArcGIS Desktop 9.x will no longer support the use of Bing Maps.