Create an account for ArcGIS Online at IU

Hosted by Esri, ArcGIS Online is a cloud-based suite of professional GIS tools you can access from the web browser on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. ArcGIS Online provides tools for compiling, visualizing, analyzing, editing, managing, and sharing geographic data. For more, see What is ArcGIS Online? on Esri's ArcGIS website.

At Indiana University, ArcGIS Online is available for use by students, faculty, and staff at all campuses through the university's site license and maintenance agreement with Esri.

To create an IU ArcGIS Online account:

  1. Go to IU's ArcGIS Sign In page.
  2. Select Your ArcGIS Organization's URL, and then enter IU as the organization name. The full URL should be
  3. Click Continue, and then click Indiana University.
  4. If prompted, log in with your IU username and passphrase. Authenticate via Two-Step Login (Duo) if necessary.

Your IU ArcGIS Online account is created automatically the first time you sign in. To signify your affiliation with IU, your account username will be your IU username with _IU appended; for example, upon signing into IU ArcGIS Online for the first time, a person with the IU username darvader would be assigned the username darvader_IU in ArcGIS Online.

IU accounts are allocated 2,000 service credits, which you can exchange for access to premium capabilities, such as demographics and lifestyles maps, geocoding and route analytics, and tile and data storage; for more, see Service Credits Overview. To request additional ArcGIS Online service credits, contact UITS GIS.

Additional tools designed for use with ArcGIS Online (for example, Business Analyst Online, Community Analyst Online) also are available through IU's license agreement with Esri. To request license access to additional tools, contact UITS GIS.


If you have a pre-existing ArcGIS Online account, you should create an IU ArcGIS Online account and copy your pre-existing content to your IU account. Do this even if your pre-existing account is affiliated with IU. Once you've created your _IU ArcGIS Online account, use the ArcGIS Online Assistant to copy pre-existing content to it:

  1. Go to ArcGIS Online Assistant and click Log in to get started.
  2. On the subsequent screen, in the top right, make sure your pre-existing ArcGIS Online account username is displayed, and then click Approve.

    If the wrong username (for example, your _IU username) is displayed, mouse over the username, and then select Sign in with another account, and then, on the subsequent screen, sign in using your pre-existing ArcGIS Online account username and password.

  3. From the I want to... drop-down list, select Copy Content.
  4. On the "Copy content" screen, select Another account, and then select the option for signing into your _IU account.
  5. Enter the organization name, and then click continue.
  6. Use the drag-and-drop interface to copy content from your pre-existing account to your _IU account.

    Content available for transfer will be highlighted. Hosted content dependency files cannot be removed until the hosted layer content is removed. For more about hosted content, see About hosted layers on the Esri ArcGIS website.

If you need help migrating pre-existing ArcGIS Online content to your _IU account contact UITS GIS.

For more about GIS resources at IU, see GIS at Indiana University.

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