ArcGIS StoryMaps

Add YouTube videos to your Story Map Journal or Story Map Series

Note: This blog article covers the classic Esri Story Maps which are in mature support and scheduled to be retired in late 2025. Story authors are strongly encouraged to use the new ArcGIS StoryMaps to create stories.

For more information about transitioning to the new StoryMaps, see ArcGIS StoryMaps resources. For more information about the transition from classic Esri Story Maps to the new ArcGIS StoryMaps, see Esri Story Maps: Now in mature support.

Story Map Journal and Story Map Series are two very popular story map apps, often used to tell stories using text, media and maps. Both Story Map Series and Story Map Journal support adding videos from a variety of sources, including YouTube, Vimeo, and other sources. Here’s an overview of how you can add YouTube videos to your Story Map Journal or Series.

The Life at Esri YouTube video will be used in these examples:

Story Map Journal Main Stage

Open an existing Story Map Journal and add a new section. Choose video, then click YouTube as the source of the video.

Copy and paste the URL for the video from the YouTube website, and paste it into the YouTube input, then click Check.

If the video checks out, you will see a green checkmark, and a summary of your video from the YouTube site. Click Select this video.

For the Position, Fit is often the best choice, but you can experiment with other options to see which is best for your video.

Add Side Panel text, Save your changes, and your video is ready to play on the Main Stage.

Story Map Journal Side Panel

You can also add YouTube videos to the Story Map Journal side panel. Click to Insert image, video or web page, then follow a similar workflow as above.

Below is an example using the same video used on the Main Stage above, but this time displayed in the Side Panel. The website is displayed on the Main Stage.

Adding YouTube videos to Story Map Series

To add a YouTube video to your Story Map Series main stage or text panel, the procedure is the same as for Story Map Journal. Just follow the steps outlined above to add a video to your Story Map Series tabbed, bulleted, or side accordion layout.

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