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Making your address locator public

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About making your address locator public

There are several common steps to make an address locator accessible to others. These are presented in this topic.

Also, to share an ArcSDE or Database Server address locator, privileges must be granted to all users that will use the locator.

How to make your address locator public

Sharing your address locator on a local area network

  1. In Windows Explorer, right-click the file folder, file geodatabase folder, or personal geodatabase that contains the address locator you want to make public.
  2. Click Properties.
  3. The Properties dialog box for the folder opens.
  4. Click the Sharing tab, then click the button indicated to share this folder.
  5. Modify the share name or comments text box and adjust the user limit as desired.
  6. Click Permissions to specify particular users within the network who can access the files; otherwise, skip to step 12.
  7. Highlight and remove users or groups on the Permissions dialog box that you do not want to have access to the file.
  8. Click Add to add individuals or groups to the permissions list.
  9. The Select Users or Groups dialog box opens.
  10. Select the user or group from the list in the upper portion of the dialog box and click Add.
  11. The name or names you add will appear in the lower portion of the dialog box.
  12. Click OK to close the Select Users or Groups dialog box.
  13. Adjust the permissions to allow or deny full control, change, or read options.
  14. Click OK to close the Permissions dialog box.
  15. Click the Caching button if you want to modify the file cache process on the client-side machine; otherwise, skip to step 14.
  16. The Caching Settings dialog box opens.
  17. Choose the setting that best accommodates your needs, and click OK to close the Caching Settings dialog box.
  18. Click OK to close the Properties dialog box.
  19. The file will now be accessible to others within the local area network.


  • To allow other users to rebuild an address locator, you must also give them permission on all reference feature classes and tables used by the address locator.

Distributing your address locator via a compact disc or compressed file

  1. In ArcCatalog, copy all the address locators into a single folder or location. You can copy address locators from other folders, personal or file geodatabases, or ArcSDE geodatabases.
  2. Open the software used to create a compressed file or transfer material to a compact disc and follow the directions accordingly.


  • To avoid distributing geocoding rule base files with the address locators, make sure the locators were created with the Embed geocoding rules in locator Advanced option checked.
  • The actual process involved in creating a compressed folder or burning material onto a compact disc is specific to the software being used. This task simply describes the collection of material to include in the packaged format.

Sharing an ArcSDE address locator

To allow other ArcSDE or Database Server users to use an address locator you created in an ArcSDE or SQLExpress database, you must grant them privileges on the address locator.

  1. In ArcCatalog, connect to the ArcSDE or SQLExpress database as the user that owns the address locator. That these might be owned by different users.
  2. Right-click the address locator and click Privileges.
  3. Type the name of the user to whom you want to make the address locator available.
  4. Check Allow this user to use the selected object(s) and click Apply.
  5. Repeat steps 2, 3, and 4 to make your address locator available to additional users.
  6. Click OK.
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  • To allow other users to rebuild an address locator, you must also grant them privileges on all reference feature classes and tables used by the address locator.
  • Learn about granting and revoking privileges

  • To revoke the privilege of using the selected address locator, check Do not allow this user to use the selected object(s) in the Privilege dialog box.

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