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ArcGIS QuickCapture is a field data collection app that allows you to capture data simply and quickly. It was designed to support field teams that need to collect data rapidly: from a moving vehicle, helicopter, bicycle, or ATV. But its simple, form-based interface makes it an good choice for any data collection activity.

QuickCapture app

You can capture points, lines, and polygons along with attributes of assets or incidents as you travel. The project author crafts the collection form using QuickCapture designer, and determines the arrangement of buttons, how they appear, and the information they collect. The app allows you to capture both photos and sensor information from a device.

The essential steps to use QuickCapture are:

  1. Think about what you want to capture.
  2. Create a feature layer to store what is captured.
  3. Configure the feature layer for the desired attributes.
  4. Create a new QuickCapture project.
  5. Use QuickCapture designer to change the look and feel.
  6. Open the project in the QuickCapture app.
  7. View the results.

For this example, a simple QuickCapture form will be created to enable students to capture (photograph and locate) things they see around a school campus. The things to capture are:

  • Big trees
  • Small trees
  • Shrubs
  • Rocks
  • Signs
  • Lights
  • Art
  • People
  • Cars
  • Animals

To capture the desired QuickCapture data, a feature layer is used. You can create the feature layer using ArcGIS Pro or ArcGIS Online. Both workflows are detailed below. Use the links to jump to the feature layer workflow you want to use.

Once the feature layer has been created, follow the rest of the QuickCapture project, designer, and app workflows.


Create the feature layer using ArcGIS Online

Feature layers can be created from a template, from an existing layer, from a URL pointing to an existing service, or from scratch. For this example, the feature layer will be created from scratch.

To create the feature, layer follow these steps.

Step 1 — If you have not done so already, sign in to your ArcGIS account. You must have sufficient privileges to create hosted feature layers.

Step 2 — In the Content tab, click New item.

New item

Step 3 — Choose Feature layer to open the Create a feature layer window.

New feature layer

Step 4 — In the From Template tab, choose (a) Build a layer, then (b) select Points.

Build point feature layer

Step 5 — Click Create.

Create point feature layer

Step 6 — Click the default layer name (“Point layer”) to edit the name of the feature layer. Click Next when finished.

Edit layer name

Step 7 — Set the default map extent for the feature layer, then click Next.

Set map extent

Step 8 — Add a title, optional tags, and optional summary for the new hosted feature layer item. Click Done when finished. The feature layer item Overview will be displayed.

Item info

Tip: It’s a best practice to complete the item pages after the hosted feature layer has been created. Consider adding a better thumbnail, and a detailed description. You can also set Delete Protection in the Settings tab. See Protect your ArcGIS Online items for more information.


Configure the feature layer

In the steps that follow, the attribute fields will be configured to capture the desired information.

In this example, a pre-determined list of values is needed to capture the features noted at the beginning of this article: trees, shrubs, rocks, signs, and so forth. The field that will hold the values will be named Capture.

Step 1 — Open the Data tab for the feature layer item, and click Fields.

Item Data tab, Fields

Step 2 — Click Add

Add field

Step 3 — Add the Capture field. This field will store the type of captured feature (trees, rocks, signs, and so forth).

Add the Capture field name and display name. Ensure that the type is String. The length can be shortened to 25 characters. Disable Null values. Then Click Add New Field.

Add Field dialog box

Step 4 — Select the newly added field by clicking the field name.

Field list

Step 5 — Create the list of unique attribute values. In the upper right, click Create List.

Create list

Step 6 — Enter Label (the displayed value) and Code (the stored value) pairs for the attributes.

The Code can be different than the Label, but for this example its simpler to keep both the same. Note that in other implementations, the field might be numeric and the code pairs could be string/number.

Click Add, or enter a carriage return, to add more pairs to the list.

Add label/code pairs

When completed, the label/code pairs should look similar to this:

List of value

Click Save when finished.

Step 7 — Symbolize the values.

Rather than display all the values as one color, they can be displayed uniquely. Open the Visualization tab on the feature layer item page.

Visualization tab

Step 8 — Click the Change Style button to edit the layer style.

Change Style

Step 9 — From the drop-down list, select the attribute you want to symbolize, in this case the field added in Step 3 above: Capture.

Choose an attribute

Step 10 — Change the symbols by clicking Options.

Types (Unique symbols)

Step 11 — Edit the symbols as desired. You can reorder the list, change symbol size, edit the color, and so forth.

Change symbol

When finished, click OK, then click Done.

Step 12 — Click Save Layer to save all of the changes you have made.

Save Layer

You’ve now successfully created an editable feature layer you can use in QuickCapture. Follow the QuickCapture project and app workflow to create a project for use in the QuickCapture app.


Create the feature layer using ArcGIS Pro

Feature layers can be created from a template, from an existing layer, from a URL pointing to an existing service, or from scratch. For this example, the feature layer will be created from scratch.

To create the feature layer follow these steps.

Step 1 — Open ArcGIS Pro and ensure you are signed in to your ArcGIS account. You must have sufficient privileges to create hosted feature layers.

Step 2 — In the Catalog pane, open the Databases folder. Right click the geodatabase and select New, then Feature Class.

New feature class

Step 3 — Define the feature class.

a – Add a Name and Alias.

b – Set Point as the feature class type.

c – Select Add output dataset to current map.

d– Click Next when finished.

Define feature class

Step 4 — Click to add a new field.

Add new field

Step 5 — Add the field.

a – Enter Capture as the field name.

b – Choose a data type of Text.

c– Set the Length of the text field to 25 characters.

d – Click Finish when done.

Fields in feature layer

Step 6 — Right click the Campus Capture feature layer in Contents and select Design, then Domains.


Step 7 — Click the box in the empty row below Domain Name and Description to add a name and description.

Create domain

Step 8 — Ensure that the row with the domain added above is highlighted, then enter Code and Description pairs.

Domain code and description

When completed, the code/description pairs should look similar to this:

Code and Description

Step 9 — When finished, click Save on the Domains ribbon.


Step 10 — Right click the Campus Capture layer and select Design, then Fields.

Design fields

Step 11 — In the Capture row, click Domain then choose CaptureType (the domain we created in Step 8 above).

Specify domain

Step 12 — Click Save in the Fields ribbon.


Step 13 — Open the Analysis ribbon and click Tools.

Open geoprocessing tools

Step 14 — In the Find Tools search, enter “enable” and click Enable Attachments.

Find Enable Attachments

Step 15 — In the Enable Attachments geoprocessing tool, select Campus Capture as the Input Dataset. then click Run.

Run Enable Attachments

Tip: If you plan to use an external GNSS reciever to collect data you will need to add additional fields to collect the device data. In the Geoprocessing pane, search for “gps” and locate the GPS Metadata Fields geoprocessing tool, and run it against the Campus Capture layer.

Step 16 — In Contents, click the Campus Capture layer to select it. Click the Appearance tab, then click Symbology and choose Unique Values.

Unique value symbols

Step 17 — Click [+] to Add unlisted values.

Add values

Step 18 — Under Options, click Select all to select all symbols. Then click OK.

Select all symbols

Step 19 — In Contents, right click the Campus Capture layer, then click Sharing, then Share As Web Layer.

Share As Web Layer

Step 20 — In the General tab, add a Summary and Tags for the feature layer.

Web Layer General tab

Step 21 — In the Configuration tab make the following settings.

aEnable editing and accept the default for Add, update, and delete features.

b – Enable Preserve editor tracking info.

c – Click Analyze to check for any errors, if none click Publish.

Configure layer

You’ve now successfully created an editable feature layer you can use in QuickCapture. Follow the QuickCapture project and app workflow to create a project for use in the QuickCapture app.


Create the QuickCapture project

Step 1 — If you have not already done so, sign in to your ArcGIS account. Open QuickCapture designer from the App Launcher, which is found next to the avatar button.

App Launcher button
App Launcher

Note: The apps shown may differ from your apps.

Step 2 — Click New Project then Start from existing layers.

New project from existing layers

Step 3 — Choose the feature layer created in the sections above. In this example the layer is titled Campus Capture.

Select feature layer

Then click Next.

Select layer

Keep the checkbox on to Create buttons from layer symbology.

Step 4 — Confirm the project information, make any desired edits, then click Create.

Create project


Design with QuickCapture designer

QuickCapture designer is used to modify the look and feel of the app. Designer can be used to change properties for an entire group, or for individual buttons, and is also used for a variety of other settings and options.

In this example, the defaults are a good starting point, however several changes will be made as described below.

Step 1 — Click the group label to apply changes to the entire button group. When selected, the group will be outlined in orange.

Select group

Step 2 — In the group properties, which appear to the right, ensure that the number of columns is set to 2.

Group settings

Next, properties will be set for the buttons.

Step 3 — Press the <shift> key and click to select all of the buttons. Selected buttons will be outined in orange.

Select all buttons

Step 4 — With all buttons selected, open the Appearance tab and use the slider to set the desired size. Also, set the shape of the button to show rounded corners.

Set button appearance

Step 5 — With all buttons selected, open the Data tab. Move the slider to the on position for Take photo, and set the minimum photo to 1 and the maximum to 1. This ensures that a photo is taken and sets the maximum number of photos to one per capture location.

Photo settings

Step 6 — Click Save to save all your settings.

Project view

Step 6 — Save and share the project.

Click Save when finished, then click Share to make the project available to others as desired. If you only want members of your organization to use the project, choose Your organization. You can also share it publicly, however this will allow anyone that discovers your project to add features.

Save project

Tip: When you click Save a dialog appears from which a QR Code to open the project can be captured. The QR code can also be obtained from the Sharing dialog, which also includes a link to the project. The QR code is handy if you have the device in hand, or the link can be emailed to members to open the project.


Open the project in the QuickCapture app

In this section, the project just designed will be opened and used on a mobile device. The pictured device is an iPhone.

Step 1 — Install the QuickCapture mobile app from the Apple or Google Play app store onto your device.

Step 2 — Open the QuickCapture mobile app and sign in to your account. Since the QuickCapture project is only shared to members of the organization (Step 6 in the previous section), signing in is required to access the project.


Step 3 — If prompted, choose to allow QuickCapture to access your location. This enables the device location to be captured in the feature layer.


Step 4 — Open the project.

Tap the orange (+) to obtain available projects.


Step 5 — Click Browse Projects. Optionally, you can add the project by scanning the QR code.


Step 6 — Download the Campus QuickCapture project.


Step 7 — Open the project.

After the project has downloaded, click the project to open it and begin capturing.


When collecting data, click the appropriate button to capture a feature. Since the photo has been enabled as part of the capture, the camera will open when a button is clicked. When finished, the location and photo will be stored in the feature layer, along with the date and account name of the QuickCapture user.


View the QuickCapture results

To view the QuickCapture data, find the feature layer item in your contents and click the thumbnail to Open in Map Viewer. Save the map if you want to use the QuickCapture data in an app or dashboard.

Open in Map Viewer

You can also open the QuickCapture designer. Click the  options (…) then View results.

View results


More information

ArcGIS QuickCapture offers many more capabilities than covered in this blog article. You can capture data for multiple feature layers, and capture line and polygon feature types. QuickCapture designer lets you add images to buttons, specify horizontal accuracy, edit the project JSON, and more.

For more information see the following:


This article was originally published on November 21, 2019, and has been updated.


About the authors

Bern Szukalski

Corporate tech evangelist and senior principal product manager at Esri, focusing on ways to broaden access to geographic information and helping users succeed with the ArcGIS online system. On a good day I'm making a map, on a great day I'm on one. Follow @bernszukalski or email [email protected]


Kerri Rasmussen

Solution Engineer on the State and Local Government team at Esri, helping local governments reach and exceed their GIS goals. Outside of the office she can usually be found reading, baking, hiking, traveling, or participating in marathons (of the Netflix variety).


Sours: https://www.esri.com/arcgis-blog/products/arcgis-online/mapping/get-started-quickcapture/


To use ArcGIS QuickCapture, your device and ArcGIS account must meet the requirements below. If your project requires collection of high-accuracy location, you may need to use an external GNSS receiver. See Choose a receiver for more information about those requirements.

Device requirements for the mobile app

QuickCapture is supported on the following operating systems (with minimum versions):

Operating systemOS version


  • Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise (32 bit and 64 bit [EM64T]) minimum version 1809
  • Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro, and Windows 8.1 Enterprise (32 bit and 64 bit [EM64T])
  • Windows Server 2016 Standard and Datacenter (64 bit [EM64T])


5.0 Lollipop or later (ARMv7 32 bit), 6.0 Marshmallow or later (ARMv8 64 bit)


12 or later (64 bit)

Supported browsers for the QuickCapture designer

The browsers listed below are supported. For best performance, use the latest version.

  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • Edge

ArcGIS account requirements

QuickCapture is supported for use with ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise 10.7.1 and later.

QuickCapture is included with the Field Apps Bundle as of ArcGIS Enterprise 10.7.1, or as an add-on license. Licenses are available for download from My Esri.

The various user types and roles in ArcGIS organizations have access to different QuickCapture features. See the following table for details. For further information, see User types, roles, and privileges for ArcGIS Online or User types, roles, and privileges for ArcGIS Online.

User typeQuickCapture mobile appQuickCapture website





Yes (If Field Apps Bundle or add-on license is purchased)


Field Worker






GIS Professional (Basic, Standard, and Advanced)



To assign a QuickCapture license to an Editor user type, see Configure add-on licenses in ArcGIS Online or Configure add-on licenses in ArcGIS Enterprise.


When working with ArcGIS Online, both the mobile app and web designer support built-in, SAML, and multifactor methods of authentication.

When working with ArcGIS Enterprise, both the mobile app and web designer support built-in, SAML, IWA, PKI, and LDAP methods of authentication. To learn more about authentication, see About securing your portal.

Supported languages

The following languages are supported by the mobile app:

Arabic, Bosnian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese (Hong Kong), Traditional Chinese (Taiwan), Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.

For the mobile app, the language used is determined by your device's language setting.

Feedback on this topic?

Sours: https://gis.wsu.edu/portal/portalhelp/en/quickcapture/faq/requirements.htm
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OverviewSystem RequirementsRelated


ArcGIS QuickCapture is the fastest way to collect field observations. With this time saving app, you can record GIS points and other attributes while you scout locations, conduct aerial surveys, or assess damage from a moving vehicle. Capture data at-speed with the touch of a button.

What's new in this version

- Honor the autosend policy set by organization administrators. - Current extent of web map will remain displayed when the device goes offline. - Default offline map included in the app. - Added power saving mode warning for Android users. - Added deviceModel variable. - Button user inputs now displayed as a full page. - Capture photo metadata for oriented imagery (no longer beta).


  • Capture data with the touch of a button
  • Attach photos to captured records
  • Work online or offline
  • Submit your work directly into ArcGIS
  • Use high-accuracy GNSS receivers
Sours: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/arcgis-quickcapture/9nqr9g41bzr8

ArcGIS QuickCapture

User Story

Combating invasive species in Maryland

Our users are impressed. Now we can deliver data collection solutions quickly because it's so intuitive.

Craig Mackowiak

Maryland Department of Transportation

User Story

Keeping first responders safe

Your incident commander will know where you are. If you disappear, your commander can track back to the last place you were. Safety is foremost.

Darlene Pardiny

GIS Manager , Flagler County Florida

Case Study

Access to Bike Trails Improves

ArcGIS QuickCapture was a perfect solution for us. It's affordable, easy to use, and I can have anybody with minimal training doing quality work on it.

Francis Tétrault

Mountain Biking Project Manager, Vélo Québec

Case Study

Real-Time Data Supports Control of Noxious Plants

ArcGIS QuickCapture was an instant hit. It was the perfect data collection app for us to use in the field and gives us the ability to get the information we need in real time.

Patrick Sowers

King County Noxious Weed Control Program

Case Study

Field Data and Analysis Boosts Road Safety

We’re helping the NZ Transport Agency improve road safety, which affects everyone. With ArcGIS QuickCapture, we can deliver projects on time because we have a detailed, technical picture of our work.

Peter O'Regan

Beca—Safe Roads Alliance

Sours: https://www.esri.com/en-us/arcgis/products/arcgis-quickcapture/overview

Arcgis quick capture

Capture a record

ArcGIS QuickCapture is a field data capture app that allows you to capture data quickly. You can capture both the location and attributes of assets or incidents as you travel. A project author determines the arrangement of buttons, how they appear, and the information they collect. The app allows you to capture both photos and sensor information from the device.

Install the QuickCapture app and sign in

To install the app and sign in, complete the following steps:

If you do not have an ArcGIS account, you can still use QuickCapture. Select Continue without signing in on the sign-in page to download and use one of the sample projects.

If you sign out while offline, you cannot sign in again until you are next online.

Find and download a project

The first time you sign in, you need to download a project to your device.

  1. Select the add project button Add project.
  2. Select Browse Projects to see the projects available to download.
  3. Select the project card for the project you want to download.

    If the project is not already on your device, the download icon changes to an information icon once the download is complete. If you do not see projects to download, contact your project administrator and ask for the project to be shared with you.

    If an offline map is included, it is downloaded with your project. Downloads pause if the device enters sleep mode.

Open a project and capture data

To open a project and capture data, complete the following steps:

  1. Tap a project in the gallery to open it.

    Optionally, a project can be configured to accept user input on launch. Enter a value to proceed to the project page.

  2. Tap a button to capture a field observation or launch a URL.

    Optionally, a project can be configured to use an exclusivity group. In this case, tapping a button can stop the capture of one feature and start capturing the next one.

    A project can also be configured with a required horizontal accuracy. If so, the user cannot capture a record until the accuracy threshold has been met.

    If the project was configured to request a user input after a button is pressed, enter a valid value before pressing another button.

    If enabled and supported by your device, tapping a button gives an audio response (text to speech or beep) and haptic feedback to provide confirmation that the button has been pressed.

    Lines and polygons are not captured until the user has moved a minimum distance from the first vertex. Lines require a minimum of two vertices, and polygons require a minimum of three vertices.

    The horizontal accuracy error only stops the user from pressing the button to start capturing lines, polygons, or streaming points. Once active, line and polygon vertices with an accuracy below the threshold are excluded from the captured geometry. Conversely, all streaming points are captured, even if they don't meet the accuracy threshold.

    If a button is used to launch a URL, it does not capture a record, but instead opens the URL with the default browser on your device. You can configure the button to pass predefined values along with the URL as parameters. For more information, see Integrate with other apps.

User input

You can configure a project to accept input from the user. The user can enter the input before or after a button is pressed. The project author defines the buttons and fields to which the value is applied.

QuickCapture uses the predictive text capabilities of the device for user input. When entering a single word on Android, you must select the word from the recommended options or enter a space after the single word to be able to select Done. On iOS, you can immediately close the keyboard and select Done.

Exclusivity group

An exclusivity group is used to ensure that only one button within the group is active at any time. You can include buttons from different template groups in a single exclusivity group, and you can apply multiple exclusivity groups to a project.

Close a project

When you close a project by returning to the project gallery, the following happens:

  • Any active line, polygon, or streaming point capture ends and is saved.
  • If you are online, all data is sent.
  • If you are offline, all data is saved on the device.

While your device is online, your captured records are automatically sent. If your device is offline, your captured records are automatically sent the next time you're online.

Feedback on this topic?

Sours: https://doc.arcgis.com/en/quickcapture/help/guidedtour-capture.htm
ArcGIS QuickCapture: An Introduction



ArcGIS QuickCapture is the simplest way to capture field observations. Record GIS data with a single tap on your device. Automatically send locations, photos, and other attributes back to your office in real-time. It’s integrated with ArcGIS, you can effectively visualize data you’ve never had access to before.

Version 1.11.84

- Honor the autosend policy set by organization administrators.
- Current extent of web map will remain displayed when the device goes offline.
- Default offline map included in the app.
- Added device model variable.
- Button user inputs now displayed as a full page.
- Capture photo metadata for oriented imagery (no longer beta).

Ratings and Reviews

Game changer

We built a photo inspection proof of concept project in under an hour and it worked so well now we have 16 inspectors using the app. Be warned: Taking full advantage of the app requires good knowledge of ArcOnline. But the app is a game changer for field crews: it can’t get simpler for them.

So easy to use!

Can configure for your needs. So easy to use. Fat thumb friendly!

Needs a tutorial at the beginning

Super confusing to use at first because it needs you to create layers in ArcGIS online first which I didn’t realize, but works well functionally.

The developer, ESRI, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More



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English, Arabic, Bosnian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese

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This app may use your location even when it isn’t open, which can decrease battery life.




  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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