Try Using Group-Based Configurable Apps

Configurable apps are an easy way to turn any map into an app, and most of us are familiar with them. Perhaps less known but equally advantageous and effective are the group-based configurable apps. You can use these apps to present a specific collection of content in a useful way to your audience, whether it be the public, organizations you are working and sharing with, or specific users within your organization. Group gallery apps are designed to work with the items you add to a group and offer different ways to present those items beyond the standard capabilities of the group alone.
Typically, a great app starts with a great map, so it follows that a great gallery app starts with a collection of well-documented items. To create that collection, you will need to consider best practices. See Improving Content Quality for guidelines and tips. Following these guidelines can greatly improve the experience of people who discover your content through gallery apps.
The latest ArcGIS Online release has three options for building gallery apps based on a group of items. Each provides a different approach for your audience to discover and explore your content.

Access the Gallery Apps

Gallery apps can be found in several ways, but the easiest is to go to the group Overview tab and click Share.

In Share, click Create a Web App.

You will find the three gallery apps discussed in this article and highlighted below on the Create a New Web App template gallery.

Click a thumbnail to learn more about the template. Click CREATE WEB APP to begin configuring it.

Layer Showcase

Layer Showcase is a group-based configurable app that gives you the ability to display a gallery of layers found within a group. The layers are displayed in a ribbon and can be added to a map or globe. This app is handy for allowing viewers to explore layer-based content and optionally create a new map or scene based on the layers that have been added to the view.

Layer Showcase includes the following features:

For more information, see Use Layer Showcase to view and create 2D/3D maps or view the Layer Showcase item details.

Minimal Gallery

You can use Minimal Gallery to create simple, searchable galleries of static or interactive maps. It can work as a stand-alone app or be embedded in a website. The Minimal Gallery app is particularly useful for showcasing a smaller set of items that are focused on a common theme or location. This app can be configured to open items from the gallery in several different ways, including in a light box over the gallery or full screen in a new tab.

Minimal Gallery includes the following features:

For more information, see the Minimal Gallery item details.

Category Gallery

Category Gallery offers more interactivity than the Minimal Gallery. Users can explore the content using search or filters, including categories defined at the group or organization levels. The key value that this app provides is the ability to leverage categorized content from a group. This example shows the app’s default configuration:

Category Gallery offers features that give you the ability to do the following:

For more information, see Category Gallery item details and Categorize content. To learn more about group gallery apps, read Create apps from groups.

About the authors

Tech evangelist and product strategist at Esri, focusing on ways to broaden access to geographic information and helping users succeed with the ArcGIS Platform. On a good day he is making a map, on a great day he is on one.


Ian Wittenmyer

Ian Wittenmyer is a product engineer for ArcGIS Online and configurable app templates.