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Disable the Services Directory

The Services Directory provides a browseable HTML-based representation of all your ArcGIS Server web services and the actions you can perform on them through REST. The Services Directory can be a useful development tool; however, Esri recommends that you disable the Services Directory for production systems when you don't want users browsing your list of services, finding your services in a web search, or making requests to your services through HTML forms.

Use the ArcGIS Server Administrator Directory to disable the Services Directory.

  1. Open the Administrator Directory and log in with an account that has been granted administrative privileges.

    The Administrator Directory URL is in the form

  2. Access the Services Directory settings by clicking system > handlers > rest > servicesdirectory > edit.
  3. Uncheck Services Directory Enabled and click Save.