ArcGIS StoryMaps

ArcGIS StoryMaps on ArcGIS Enterprise

ArcGIS Enterprise was a hot topic in the ArcGIS StoryMaps booth at the Esri UC this year. Many people stopped by to learn about the latest features in ArcGIS StoryMaps, but then asked, “What do I have available to me in ArcGIS Enterprise?” Since it’s really dependent on your organization’s version, the answer was undoubtedly, “It depends.”

The good news is ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8.1 or higher includes Esri’s professional storytelling tool, ArcGIS StoryMaps. However, the storytelling features available at each release change quite significantly. This blog captures what is included in the latest version, provides resources to help you determine what is available in previous versions, and gives a heads up about Esri Story Maps if you’re still using the classic templates.

ArcGIS Enterprise 11.0

Esri released ArcGIS Enterprise 11.0 in July for Linux/Windows and for Kubernetes in September featuring many new enhancements and functionality. If your organization is on that version, it contains the most robust features of ArcGIS StoryMaps available on ArcGIS Enterprise including:

New storytelling features and enhancements

  • An enhanced experience for working with text, including superscript and subscript, nested lists, formatting shortcuts, easier hyperlink configuration, the ability to drag text blocks and reorder them, and more
  • Customize the title, description, and thumbnail shown when a story is shared on social media
  • Disable updates to a story’s ArcGIS item details during publication
  • Entire immersive blocks, as well as sidecar and slideshow slides containing an express map, can be duplicated
  • Audio clips and buttons can be added to map tour place descriptions
  • The block palette and many other builder components have an updated design


  • Express maps can be used with map actions and in swipe blocks
  • 3D mode is available for map tours
  • A new map tour can use a basemap in any projection
  • The legend can be pinned open
  • A time animation widget is available for time-enabled maps


  • Published themes can be kept private or shared to your organization and groups
  • Browse and use themes that have been shared to you through your organization or groups
  • It’s easier to set and work with approved themes


  • Images, videos, and PDFs can be added to a collection
  • Add a story, app, or web page to a collection using its link

More improvements

  • Stories, collections, and themes can be shared through distributed collaboration
  • Action buttons on StoryMap item pages indicate whether the item is a story or collection
  • StoryMap Theme item pages have a Share button and action buttons to create a new story or collection
  • Language support for Bulgarian has been added


You can learn more about each of these features in our What’s New in ArcGIS StoryMaps blogs.

Features Available by Release

Understandably, not everyone is on ArcGIS Enterprise 11.0 yet. If you are on an earlier release, you can review a detailed list of the capabilities of ArcGIS StoryMaps by release here.  Better yet, the team compiled a comparison chart allowing you to see which features are available in ArcGIS Enterprise by release.

Esri Story Maps templates

In case you missed it, ArcGIS Enterprise 11.0 no longer includes the ability to create new classic Esri Story Maps stories nor view existing stories created with the classic templates. To clarify, ArcGIS Enterprise 10.9.1 is the last version to include classic Esri Story Maps templates for both authoring new story maps and for viewing existing story maps created using these templates.

If your organization uses one of the classic templates, please upgrade your stories to current-generation products prior to upgrading.  For classic stories that are still in active use, we recommend recreating them with ArcGIS StoryMaps.

Several resources exist to help you make the switch to ArcGIS StoryMaps:

Please note: If you upgrade to ArcGIS Enterprise 11.0 with a classic Esri Story Maps template present, the item will show up in your Content with a “Retired” badge. Though you can view the item, you will no longer be able to access the application.

Special thanks to Jill Edstrom-Shoemaker and Philip Heede for providing the content above in a previous ArcGIS blog.

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Jacqui Newell

Creating meaningful experiences for everyone in person and in the digital world is Jacqui's passion. She is an avid traveller who loves to learn and teach others. When she's not working on her fixer-upper home with her husband in Waterloo, Ontario, you can find her at a concert, playing golf or curling.

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