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Is it possible to import a map document file or a project package to ArcGIS StoryMaps?

Last Published: August 7, 2020


In some instances, importing a map document (.mxd) or a project package (.ppkx) to ArcGIS StoryMaps is preferred. However, importing a map document file is not possible because a web map is required when configuring a story map. Feature layers from a MXD file or a PPKX file must be published to ArcGIS Online as a feature service. The feature service is then saved as a web map in ArcGIS Online to be used in story maps.

The following instructions describe how to publish and use the feature layers as a web map in ArcGIS Online to create story maps.

  1. To publish the map layers as a feature service to ArcGIS Online, refer to ArcGIS Online: Publish from ArcGIS Pro or ArcMap.
  2. Save the feature layers as a web map in ArcGIS Online.
    1. On the Content tab, navigate to My Content and click the published hosted feature layer.
    2. On the Overview tab, click Open in Map Viewer and click Save > Save As to save the layers as a web map. A Save Map dialog box is opened.
The desired map layer published from both ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro is published as a feature layer in ArcGIS Online.
  1. In the Save Map dialog box, fill in the required details and save the map in the desired folder. Click Save Map.
  1. Click Share > CREATE A WEB MAP > Configurable Apps > Build a Story Map and select the Story Map app. For more detailed steps to create a story map from a web app, refer to ArcGIS StoryMaps: Story Map Basic Tutorial.

Article ID:000017800

  • ArcMap
  • Web Applications
  • ArcGIS Online
  • ArcGIS Pro

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