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What's new

Insights for ArcGIS 3.2 and 3.2.1 include a redesigned home page, a scripting console for Python and R, and support for PostgreSQL databases. There have also been updates to licensing in ArcGIS Enterprise 10.7, which affect licensing in Insights 3.2.1. Insights 3.2.1 also includes support for distributed collaboration.


Insights 3.2 is compatible with ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6.1, whereas Insights 3.2.1 is compatible with ArcGIS Enterprise 10.7. For more information on version compatibility, see Compatibility with ArcGIS Enterprise.

Home page

The Insights home page has been updated with enhanced design and functionality. The home page now includes the most recently created or updated workbooks, items on your Favorites list, statistics based on your Insights usage, and a list of new features in the current Insights release. The home page can also be used for the following processes:

For more information, see Home page.

Scripting console

A scripting console can now be accessed in Insights. The console can be configured to support both Python and R.

The scripting console is currently in Beta mode, but it is publicly available to all Insights users.

For more information, see Scripting in Insights.

Enable location

The Repeat identical features parameter can be used when enabling location on your data using addresses or coordinates. This parameter determines whether features in the same location will be added to a map separately or aggregated together.

For more information, see Enable location.


Insights now supports connections to PostgreSQL databases. For a full list of supported databases and versions, see Supported databases.

Depending on the database you are connecting to, you may have the option to select the default spatial data type that will be added if you enable location on one of the datasets from the connection.

Database connection properties can now be edited from within Insights. Connection properties can be edited to restore the connection after the database properties have been changed. For more information, see Update a database connection.

Database connections have been enhanced to improve feature drawing and analysis speed.

Distributed collaboration

Insights items are now supported in distributed collaborations when using ArcGIS Enterprise 10.7 and Insights 3.2.1 or ArcGIS Online.


ArcGIS Enterprise 10.7 includes updated licensing, which affects Insights. If you are currently using ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6.1, there will be no changes to your licensing.

Under the new licensing regime, Insights users can be licensed using the following options:

  • Insights-only users
    • An Insights Analyst user type
    • Publisher or Administrator role, or the equivalent custom role
  • Other users
    • A Creator (formerly a Level 2 user) or GIS Professional user type
    • Publisher or Administrator role, or the equivalent custom role
    • An Insights license

For more information, see Licensing.

Users who want to view Insights pages, but not use Insights, will require the following:

  • Any user type
  • Any role with at least the privileges from a Viewer role
  • An Essential Apps Bundle

For more information on who can view shared pages, see Share a page.


If you are upgrading to ArcGIS Enterprise 10.7, members of your organization may be automatically updated to a compatible user type, or your organization may be licensed for more than one user type for each level. If your organization is licensed for more than one user type, the administrator of the organization will have to apply the correct user types to each member before they will be able to access Insights. Insights users can have the Creator, GIS Professional, or Insights Analyst user type.

Learn ArcGIS lesson

The Learn ArcGIS lesson Understand the Refugee Crisis with Link Analysis has been updated for the latest release of Insights. The scenario-based exercise teaches you how to create and interpret a link map to help understand the movement of refugees and displaced persons.


The ArcGIS Blog has new posts about Insights. Use the Insights for ArcGIS tag to find news and tips for using Insights. The ArcGIS YouTube channel also includes an Insights for ArcGIS playlist, which can be used to find other helpful tips.

The three quick lessons are a great resource to help you get started with Insights, or if you are looking for some inspiration in your analysis. In these lessons you will follow a single scenario from start to finish. You will start by creating your first workbook, then solve a spatial problem, and finally share your analysis. Each of the lessons can also be done on its own without the context of the other lessons.