ArcGIS Survey123

What's new in ArcGIS Survey123 (March 2021)

Our March 2021 update to ArcGIS Survey123 is here.  Here is what’s new:

What’s new in Survey123 web designer

Template gallery

With the Survey123 web designer, you can easily create your own smart forms; visually and from a web browser. You can get started with it with a Creator or GIS Professional user type.

In this release, you will find a new template gallery.  It provides ready-to-use smart forms you can use as a starting point for your own designs. Examples include: a code violation form, a trail hazard reporting tool, a UAS flight log and a right-of-way permit application.

Survey123 What's New March 2021. Web designer includes a gallery of templates

So far, 23 templates are available and we will be adding more progressively.


You can now grant other members of your organization permissions to update your own surveys. In this way, you no longer need to transfer ownership of your surveys for others to work on them. To grant others permission to update your survey, share it with a shared update group.

Members of a shared update group can modify items in the group, even if they do not own them. Only the owner of the item can delete the item and change its sharing, but other items properties can be modified by anyone in that group.

Survey123 What's New March 2021. You can now share a survey design with others in your organization

The screenshot above shows the new Update survey section within the Collaborate tab. Use it to share your survey with a shared update group.  Once shared, users in the share update group will be able to edit the theme, questions, webhooks and report templates of the survey.

What’s new in ArcGIS Survey123 Connect

With Survey123 Connect, you can build smart forms in different languages, split questions into pages and groups, organize your smart form content in a grid layout and leverage dozens of different question types. Best of all, you can design your smart form a familiar spreadsheet editor, such as Microsoft Excel.  In that way, you can more easily manage large smart form designs using dozens of lists and hundreds of questions.

Expanded XLSForm support

XLSForm is a robust language specifically designed to build smart forms. Survey123 follows and expands this standard. This release incorporates support for additional XLSForm syntax:

JavaScript logic for your forms

The XLSForm syntax is similar to formulas in Microsoft Excel, allowing you to design data validation logic in your forms without having to be an expert developer.  XLSForm is great in its own ways, but JavaScript provides an excellent complement for advanced users.  In this update, Survey123 Connect includes a new Scripts tab that you can use to incorporate JavaScript functions into your smart form design.


Survey123 What's New March 2021. New scripts tab in Survey123 Connect

You can use custom JavaScript functions to calculate values in questions, write custom data validation rules, conditions to hide and show questions, groups and pages.  Custom JavaScript functions can also be used to control when a question should be read-only or compulsory. To learn more check this blog.

What’s new in Survey123 automation

Survey123 includes out of the box connectors for Microsoft Power Automate and Integromat. Use them to automate tasks on top of Survey123 smart forms. For example:

This release updates the Survey123 connector for Microsoft Power Automate. Here are the highlights:


More on this release and resources

There is a lot more to the March 2021 release.  Here are some additional resources:

Do you have comments or questions about ArcGIS Survey123? Join the Survey123 Esri Community, where you will find a dedicated blog, forums and much more.

About the author

Ismael Chivite joined Esri in 2002. A geographer by training, he loves helping people leverage GIS to improve the way they work. As a Senior Product Manager, Ismael is always looking for ideas to create new and improve existing Esri products. Outside working hours: Legos, rock climbing, Romanesque architecture and jamon iberico. On occasion, he enjoys jamon during working hours too.


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