Licensing

An ArcGIS organization or public account is required to author and publish stories in ArcGIS StoryMaps. An account is not required to view stories that have been created in ArcGIS StoryMaps and shared with everyone.

Requirements for authoring and sharing stories

There are three user types that provide access to the storytelling capabilities of ArcGIS StoryMaps. Access to certain authoring and publishing options is determined by the user type assigned to the author's ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise account.

Creator and GIS Professional (subscription)

The Creator and GIS Professional user types are ArcGIS subscription accounts. They are available for a fee and provide full capabilities in ArcGIS to create 2D and 3D maps, build apps, and publish layers of geographic data on the web. These user types also both include access to the full storytelling capabilities of ArcGIS StoryMaps. The GIS Professional user type also includes access to ArcGIS Pro. For more information about user types, see User types, roles, and privileges.

Storyteller (subscription)

The Storyteller user type is an ArcGIS subscription account that is available for a fee. It provides access to the storytelling capabilities of ArcGIS StoryMaps. Authors with the Storyteller user type can create express maps in the ArcGIS StoryMaps builder. However, the Storyteller user type does not include the ability to create maps or other geographic content in ArcGIS. These authors can use maps and other content created by members of their organization, from ArcGIS Living Atlas, or that are publicly available on ArcGIS Online. For more information about the Storyteller user type, see Things to know about Esri's new Storyteller user type.

Public account (free)

This free account can be created by anyone and is intended for noncommercial, nongovernmental use. When using ArcGIS StoryMaps with a public account, some advanced storytelling and customization features are not available, such as the ability to embed web pages or create map actions, customize the story theme, and add a Google Analytics tracking ID. For more information about ArcGIS public accounts, see Create account in the ArcGIS Online help; this account is not applicable for ArcGIS Enterprise organizations.

ArcGIS StoryMaps on ArcGIS Online Feature Comparison

The following table compares functionality access for organization and public accounts.

FeaturePublic accountStoryteller, Creator, and GIS Professional user types

Media blocks

Audio

Yes

Embed

Yes

Image

YesYes

Image gallery

Yes

Use ArcGIS web maps and web scenes

YesYes

Create express maps

YesYes

Swipe

YesYes

Timeline

Yes

Video

YesYes

Immersive blocks

Guided map tour

YesYes

Explorer map tour

YesYes

Sidecar

YesYes

Slideshow

YesYes

Map tours

Create a map tour by uploading photos

YesYes

Create a map tour from an ArcGIS feature service

Yes

3D map tour

Yes

Themes

Create and use custom themes

Yes

Set approved themes for the organization

Yes

Use Google Fonts in themes

Yes

Collections

Collection navigation options

YesYes

Collections support ArcGIS file items

Yes

Collection layouts

Yes

General

Collaborate on a story, collection, or a theme

Yes

Collect analytics

Yes

Use a custom logo

Yes

Tech support

Yes

Requirements for viewing published stories

Access to view stories depends on the audience that was selected when the story was published and whether the reader belongs to the story author's ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise organization.

Organization accounts

Any member of an organization can view stories published to that organization as well as stories that have been shared with everyone. Viewers and other user types with access to the Essential Apps bundle can view stories shared with them that were created using the new ArcGIS StoryMaps or classic Esri Story Maps templates.

Public accounts

An ArcGIS Online account is not required to view stories that have been created in ArcGIS StoryMaps and shared with everyone.