How to Create Runtime Content (RTC) for Snapshot Data

The following article discusses data and MXD preparation guidelines for creating Runtime Content Snapshot Data.

Runtime Content

Runtime Content is a consolidated format that packages feature layers, network datasets and locators from a map document into a single folder and prepares it for use by ArcGIS Runtime. File format is a SQLite Geodatabase.

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Create Runtime Content Sequence

NOTE:  Stage 2,  MIMS Mobile Configuration, is not available in MIMS 2016, therefore assistance from Professional Services is required.


  1. Make sure you have satisfied the prerequisites.
  2. Make sure you have input the relevant ArcGIS Runtime license via MIMS Configuration. A Runtime Basic license is required for clients to use Snapshot RTC.
  3. Follow rules for MXD preparation.
  4. Ensure MXD passes Analyze for MPK AND RTC.
  5. Use MIMS Configuration tool to ‘drop’ MXD into Data Management RTC page.
  6. Select content type RTC (will create on Save when RTC does not exist).
  7. Use MIMS Configuration tool to configure the data source (enabled, timed maintenance)


  • Native ArcGIS Runtime format.
  • Loads and renders faster than MPK’s.
  • No LocalServer requirement.
  • Only Runtime Basic license required.


  • Still many restrictions on ArcGIS Runtime data that we are used to with ArcGIS Engine:
    • No Geometric Networks.
    • No Annotation.
    • No Relationships.
  • Typically more difficult to successfully generate.