About locator packages

A geocode locator package (.gcpk) makes it easy to share locators with others. A locator package can contain one locator or a composite locator along with its participating locators packaged into one convenient, portable file. The file size of the locator package is smaller than the locator, as it is compressed and thus makes file transfer easier. Locator packages can be used for easy sharing of locators between colleagues in a work group, across departments in an organization, or with any other ArcGIS users via ArcGIS Online. Locator packages can also be used to create an archive of the locators.

Locator package creation

The following options are available when creating a locator package:

The Locator Package dialog box is shown in the following screen shot: Locator Package dialog box

Package information

The Item Description is an important part of your package. It provides detailed information to users about the locator package. The Item Description dialog box provides the following fields where you can enter information describing your locator:

The Locator Package Item Description dialog box is shown in the following screen shot:

Locator Package Item Description dialog box

Additional files

Additional files can be added to Esri packages. These additional files can include controls and applications (*.ocx, *.exe, and *.dll files) that can be downloaded and run on a user's computer. These executable files can be risky to download and run. In order to provide guarantees of authenticity and integrity of executable files (EXE and DLL) included in a package, only digitally signed executable files are allowed to be added to a package. A digital signature attached to an executable file positively identifies the distributor of that file and ensures that the contents of the file were not changed after the signature was created.