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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 StoryMaps and shared with everyone.

Author and publish stories

Access to certain authoring and publishing options depends on whether the author has an organization or public ArcGIS Online account.

Organization accounts

For users with ArcGIS Online organization accounts, access to the StoryMaps story builder depends on the account's user type. The Creator and GIS Professional user types have the ability to create stories with the new ArcGIS StoryMaps story builder as well as the classic Esri Story Maps templates.

Note:

For more information about user types in ArcGIS Online organization accounts, see User types, roles, and privileges.

Public accounts

Public accounts have access to the classic Esri Story Maps templates and a limited version of the new ArcGIS StoryMaps story builder.

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

FunctionalityPublic accountOrganization account

Story builder

Access to story builder

YesYes

Access to standard text blocks

YesYes

Access to media blocks (image, video, and map)

YesYes

Access to special blocks (embed)

Yes

Create express maps

YesYes

Use public ArcGIS Online content

YesYes

Use shared organizational content

Yes

Sharing

Share stories with everyone

YesYes

Social sharing

YesYes

Share stories to an organization

Yes

Commercial use

Yes

Themes

Access to all standard themes

YesYes

Design customization of colors, logo, and fonts

Yes

Other

Access to technical support

Yes

View published stories

Access to view stories depends on the audience that was selected when the story was published and whether you belong to the story author's ArcGIS Online 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 whether they have been 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.