Use the Slider template to display historical, live, or future data using any time interval. App users can play or move a time slider to animate data based on numeric values or changes over time to see how the data evolves. (To learn more, see the blog article about using Slider.)


Choose this template to create an app for use cases such as the following examples:

  • Display the migration patterns of endangered species to support conservation efforts.
  • Animate crime data based on the day of the month that an event occurred.
  • Create an app that displays an interactive weather forecast.

Data requirements

The Slider app requires a feature layer with at least one numeric field. To use the time option, the web map must contain a time-enabled layer.

App capabilities

The following list includes some key settings and capabilities that you can configure for this app:

  • Animate data—Configure sliders to animate data based on a numeric field in one or more layers.
  • Time animation—Configure a time slider to show changes in data over time. Simplify the appearance of the slider by excluding markers and labels.
  • Custom date format—Choose a custom date format to configure your app for your audience.
  • Live and forecast time settings—Use the live option to show data for the specified period of time for live and recent data.
  • Basemap toggle—Changes the look of the map by switching to a different basemap.
  • Bookmarks—Zooms and pans the map to a collection of preset extents that are saved in the map.
  • Hover pop-ups—Provides users quick access to attribute information that appears when hovering on a feature in the map.
  • Screen shot—Captures an image of the map to export.

All Instant Apps templates include settings for a Home button and zoom controls, a legend, and the ability to search the map or data.