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Create apps from maps

You can create a web app with a map using ArcGIS Configurable Apps, Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS, Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS, or ArcGIS StoryMaps. Each of these options offers various functionality, such as layouts and color schemes, editing and identify tools, social media feeds, and side-by-side map viewers. Choose an app template from ArcGIS Configurable Apps or open Web AppBuilder, Operations Dashboard, or Story Maps to configure the components, and publish the app. All apps are available from the content page, and you can also access ArcGIS Configurable Apps, Web AppBuilder and Operations Dashboard from Map Viewer and item pages. Other ways to create web apps are to download a template and deploy it to your organization's web server or use ArcGIS Hub to create a website.

Note:

Web AppBuilder, Operations Dashboard, and ArcGIS Hub require an organizational account.

A published web app is based on a map authored with Map Viewer. Any changes the author makes to the map, including its extent, layers, description, and so on, are reflected in the web app. If a map that was available to everyone in the organization is made private (or deleted), the map no longer appears in the app.

Tip:

If you want to share an app publicly that contains subscriber content, you can configure it to allow access to the content through your organizational subscription. Your subscription will incur any credit costs. This is an optional setting built into Configurable Apps, Web AppBuilder, and Operations Dashboard.

Create an app starting from Map Viewer

To create an app starting from Map Viewer, follow the steps below. You can use the Map Viewer Share window to create an app using Configurable Apps, Web AppBuilder, or Operations Dashboard.

  1. Verify that you are signed in with privileges to create and share content.
  2. Open a saved map in Map Viewer and click Share.
  3. Click Create A Web App.

    The Share window appears with the following tabs: Configurable Apps, Web AppBuilder, and Operations Dashboard.

  4. To use a Configurable Apps template, do the following:
    1. Click the Configurable Apps tab and choose what you want the app to do.

      By default, all app templates are shown, but you can use the filters in the panel to narrow your search.

    2. Click a thumbnail to see a description of the app.
    3. Click Create Web App to start configuring your app.
    4. Type a title, tags, and a summary for your app and choose the folder in which to save the app.
    5. If your organization has set up content categories, click Assign Category and select up to 20 categories to help people find your app. You can also use the Filter categories box to narrow the list of categories.
    6. If you want to immediately share this app, check the Share this app in the same way as the map box. If you do not check this box, you'll need to specify how to share the app from My Content.
    7. Click Done to publish the app.
    8. Optionally change the components of the app, such as the theme, widgets, and miscellaneous items. Click Save when you are finished configuring the app.
      Note:

      Your organization may have specified brand colors or a logo to apply to apps created by members of your organization. When you create an app that supports these Shared theme settings, the specified settings will be applied instead of the default theme of the app.

  5. To use Web AppBuilder, do the following:
    1. Click the Web AppBuilder tab.
      Note:

      Web AppBuilder requires an organizational account. You will not see the tab if you are signed in with a public account.

    2. Type a title, tags, and a summary for your app.
    3. If your organization has set up content categories, click Assign Category and select up to 20 categories to help people find your app. You can also use the Filter categories box to narrow the list of categories.
    4. Choose 2D.
    5. Choose the folder in which to save the app.
    6. Choose whether to apply the same sharing properties to the app as you have on the map.
    7. Click Get Started to open Web AppBuilder and continue creating your app.
  6. To use Operations Dashboard, do the following:
    1. Click the Operations Dashboard tab.
      Note:

      Operations Dashboard requires an organizational account. You will not see the tab if you are signed in with a public account.

    2. Type a title, tags, and a summary for your app.
    3. If your organization has set up content categories, click Assign Category and select up to 20 categories to help people find your app. You can also use the Filter categories box to narrow the list of categories.
    4. Choose the folder in which to save the app.
    5. Choose whether to apply the same sharing properties to the app as you have on the map.
    6. Click Done to open Operations Dashboard and continue creating your app.

Create an app starting from the content page

To create an app starting from the Content page, follow the steps below.

  1. Verify that you are signed in with privileges to create content.
  2. On the My Content tab of the Content page, click Create.
  3. To use ArcGIS Configurable Apps, click Configurable Apps and do the following:
    1. Choose what you want the app to do.

      By default, all app templates are shown, but you can use the filters in the panel to narrow your search.

    2. Click a thumbnail to see a description of the app and access the Create Web App button.
    3. Click Create Web App to start configuring your app.
    4. Type a title, tags, and a summary.
    5. If your organization has set up content categories, click Assign Category and select up to 20 categories to help people find your app. You can also use the Filter categories box to narrow the list of categories.
    6. Optionally select a different folder in My Content in which to save your app.
    7. Click Done to publish the app.

      Your app is published to ArcGIS Online and an unshared item is added to My Content. (To make your app accessible to others, you may need to share it.)

    8. Choose a map to use in the app and click Select.
    9. Change any other configurable components in the app, such as the theme, widgets, and miscellaneous items.
      Note:

      Your organization may have specified brand colors or a logo to apply to apps created by members of your organization. When you create an app that supports these Shared theme settings, the specified settings will be applied instead of the default theme of the app.

    10. Click Save to save your changes and click Close when you are finished configuring your app.
  4. To use Web AppBuilder, click Web AppBuilder and do the following:
    Note:

    Web AppBuilder requires an organizational account.

    1. Type a title, tags, and a summary.
    2. If your organization has set up content categories, click Assign Category and select up to 20 categories to help people find your app. You can also use the Filter categories box to narrow the list of categories.
    3. Optionally select a different folder in My Content in which to save your app.
    4. Click OK to open Web AppBuilder and continue creating your app.
  5. To use Story Maps, click StoryMaps and begin creating your story map.
  6. To use Operations Dashboard, click Dashboards and do the following:
    Note:

    Operations Dashboard requires an organizational account.

    1. Type a title, tags, and a summary.
    2. If your organization has set up content categories, click Assign Category and select up to 20 categories to help people find your app. You can also use the Filter categories box to narrow the list of categories.
    3. Optionally select a different folder in My Content in which to save your app.
    4. Click OK to open Operations Dashboard and continue creating your app.
  7. To create a website, click Sites, give your site a name, and click Create Blank Site.
    Note:

    You must have an organizational account to create a site using ArcGIS Hub.

Create an app starting from the item page

To create an app starting from the item page of a map, follow the steps below:

  1. Verify that you are signed in with privileges to create content.
  2. From the My Content tab of the Content page, open the item page of the map you want to use to create an app.
  3. To use ArcGIS Configurable Apps, click Create Web App > Configurable Apps and do the following:
    1. Choose what you want the app to do.

      By default, all app templates are shown, but you can use the filters in the panel to narrow your search.

    2. Click a thumbnail to see a description of the app and access the Create Web App button.
    3. Click Create Web App to start configuring your app.
    4. Type a title, tags, and a summary.
    5. If your organization has set up content categories, click Assign Category and select up to 20 categories to help people find your app. You can also use the Filter categories box to narrow the list of categories.
    6. Optionally select a different folder in which to save your app.
    7. Click Done to publish the app.

      Your app is published to ArcGIS Online and an item is added to My Content. (To make your app accessible to others, you need to share it.)

    8. Change any other configurable components in the app, such as the theme, widgets, and miscellaneous items.
      Note:

      Your organization may have specified brand colors or a logo to apply to apps created by members of your organization. When you create an app that supports these Shared theme settings, the specified settings will be applied instead of the default theme of the app.

    9. Click Save to save your changes and click Close when you are finished configuring your app.
  4. To use Web AppBuilder, click Create Web App > Web AppBuilder and do the following:
    Note:

    Web AppBuilder requires an organizational account.

    1. Type a title, tags, and a summary.
    2. If your organization has set up content categories, click Assign Category and select up to 20 categories to help people find your app. You can also use the Filter categories box to narrow the list of categories.
    3. Optionally select a different folder in which to save your app.
    4. Click Get Started to open Web AppBuilder and continue creating your app.
  5. To use Operations Dashboard, click Create Web App > Dashboards and do the following:
    Note:

    Operations Dashboard requires an organizational account.

    1. Type a title, tags, and a summary.
    2. If your organization has set up content categories, click Assign Category and select up to 20 categories to help people find your app. You can also use the Filter categories box to narrow the list of categories.
    3. Optionally select a different folder in which to save your app.
    4. Click OK to open Operations Dashboard and continue creating your app.