ArcGIS Online

New User Workspace and File Management Options for ArcGIS Notebooks

In the February 2024 update of ArcGIS Online, we are very excited to share a new enhancement for ArcGIS Notebooks that makes it easier to work with and manage content in the notebook user workspace. This enhancement is beneficial to two groups of users: 

The notebooks user workspace is a private workspace in your ArcGIS Online organization where you can upload local files to use across your notebooks, download files to your machine, and also access the sample datasets used in the sample notebooks. The workspace can include many different types of files, including folders, CSVs, shapefiles, file geodatabases, text files, PowerPoints, Excel files, Word documents, etc. An important thing to remember is that the workspace and the notebook items themselves are not linked; the workspace is available in all of your notebooks, and deleting a notebook does not delete the files in the workspace. 

Previously, working with these files in a notebook or even adding/deleting files in the workspace would require a notebook author to open the notebook editor and click the Files button to access the Files pane.   

Prior to this update, managing content in the user workspace could only be done in the notebook editor.

Now, both notebook authors and organization administrators can manage content in the user workspace from the Notebooks home page. 

The new experience for notebook authors 

From the Notebooks home page (Notebook tab), click the Manage button, then Manage files.   

A new experience for accessing files from the Notebooks home page.

This will open the Manage files page, which is essentially a browser for all of the files in your workspace. You can: 

  1. Create new folders 
  2. Upload files 
  3. Select single or multiple files and folders 
  4. Rename and delete selected files and folders 
  5. Download selected files locally 

The new experience for organization administrators 

If you are assigned a default administrator role in your organization or a custom role with administrative privileges, you can click on your username and you will see a list of all other members in your organization who have a notebook user workspace. When you search by specific username or scroll through the list, you can click on a specific member to change the file workspace and access their files and folders.   

Selecting the member of the organization to transfer content from.

Once you are in an organization member’s workspace, you can perform all the actions that you can in your own workspace (e.g. create new folders, upload files, select, rename, delete, download). Additionally, you have the ability to transfer their files and folders to another member in the organization. All transferred content is stored in a single folder in the receiving member’s user workspace. The file structure within this folder is identical to the file structure of the previous owner’s workspace. 

The dialog box allows you to choose which organization member you want to transfer the workspace to, and provides a default folder name that includes the previous owner’s username. Optionally, you can change the output folder’s name. 

Select which organization member you want to transfer the content to.

And that’s it! We hope that these enhancements make the experience of managing content in the user workspace easier, faster, and more streamlined for both notebook authors at the individual level, and for administrators at the organization level. 

Join the Esri Community 

Whether you want to talk specifically about these new file management enhancements, or about ArcGIS Notebooks in Online, Enterprise, or Pro in general, please join the ArcGIS Notebooks community . Ask questions, share ideas, and get help from your fellow notebook users. You can also visit the ArcGIS Notebooks product page for product level information and quick links to resources. 

Links to the help documentation

About the authors

Nick Giner is a Product Manager for Spatial Analysis and Data Science. Prior to joining Esri in 2014, he completed Bachelor’s and PhD degrees in Geography from Penn State University and Clark University, respectively. In his spare time, he likes to play guitar, golf, cook, cut the grass, and read/watch shows about history.


Lingtao is a Product Engineer for ArcGIS Notebooks. Her work focuses on notebook runtimes, web tools, and notebook samples. Prior to this role, Lingtao worked in Esri Technical Support as a subject matter expert in APIs and SDKs.


Mariia is a Product Marketing Manager on Esri's Spatial Analytics & Data Science team, with a background in Marketing and Business Development.

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