An overview of the Package toolset
The Package toolset provides tools to consolidate, package, and share layers (.lyr) and map documents (.mxd).
Map documents and layer files are containers that reference data that may reside on your local disc, across your local area network, or in your enterprise ArcSDE geodatabase. The tools in the Package Toolset allow you to consolidate all your data resources into a single folder location or compressed file. These tools make it easy to organize and share your data and maps with others.
Packages can be easily shared with others using standard file transfer techniques, or you can easily share your packages with others by publishing them to ArcGIS.com using the Share Package tool.
Consolidates one or more layers by copying all data and referenced data sources into a single folder.
Consolidates a map document and all referenced data sources to a specified output folder.
Packages one or more layers and all referenced data sources to create a single compressed .lpk file.
Packages a map document and all referenced data sources to create a single compressed .mpk file.
Extracts the contents of a layer or map package to a specified folder. The contents of the output folder is updated with the contents of the input package.
Shares a layer or map package by publishing to ArcGIS online.