I just went to the ArcGIS Marketplace to see if I could buy the latest and greatest Story Map from around the world. This might be some ripping yarn supported by maps.

When I searched the ArcGIS Marketplace for 'story map' the only hit I got was an Esri Story Maps page telling me that:

Creating story maps is included in ArcGIS Online with both ArcGIS Online Public Account and ArcGIS Online Subscription

Using the ArcGIS Marketplace, and only the capabilities included within an ArcGIS Online Subscription (which I have by virtue of my ArcGIS for Desktop maintenance), is it possible to create a Story Map, place a paywall on it, and potentially see revenue trickle in, or what might be a showstopper that would prevent it being that easy?

This is a simplified version of something that I would like to do. Assume that:

  • a Story Map could be authored which is of enough interest to attract an audience who might be willing to pay to view it.
  • I am an authorized marketplace provider even though that is not currently the case.

This question is about trying to understand how to participate in the ArcGIS Marketplace by using a Story Map which is listed in My Contents of ArcGIS Online as a web map app, as the simplest example of an app that might be made available for sale.

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    That would probably violate the terms and conditions; it would certainly violate the spirit of the StoryMap concept. – Vince Oct 28 '16 at 10:36
  • @Vince I may not be explaining well - I am trying to understand how someone works within the ArcGIS Marketplace using its design goals to create a revenue stream from apps created using ArcGIS Online. The "paywall" would only be something that I thought may have been part of the Marketplace and a Story Map is just an example of a well understood web map app used to try and clarify how to participate in the Marketplace. – PolyGeo Oct 28 '16 at 11:05
  • You may have focused the question to tightly; "StoryMap" and "revenue stream" are a bir discongruent. – Vince Oct 28 '16 at 11:29
  • @Vince I thought the Marketplace was about earning revenue in partnership with Esri via developing and selling ArcGIS Online apps. – PolyGeo Oct 28 '16 at 11:40
  • I see apps and data in the FAQ, not maps. – Vince Oct 28 '16 at 11:45

To feature your app within the ArcGIS Marketplace, your app will need the end user to login with a Named User. From its FAQ:

All apps in the marketplace must require a named user login.

If you look at the types of apps in the marketplace, they are typically not things like story-maps. More like native apps, or utility web apps. With that said, you might still be able to register a story map on ArcGIS Marketplace, as long as it still requires the end-users to login. Perhaps a free version to entice some users to view it, and a paid version to get to the premium content within the story map.

For your use-purpose, I would recommend having a read of the ArcGIS Developer Plan terms of use. This is not in relation to ArcGIS Marketplace.

Some relevant excerpts:

If you want to charge for access to apps you build using ArcGIS Online you have to have a paid subscription.


If you want to generate revenue from your use of ArcGIS Online, you must purchase an ArcGIS Online Standard ELA, Organization or Developer Plan.


The one thing you can never do, though, is sell, share, or sublicense an ArcGIS Online Named User Login Credential to provide access to your subscription. However, you are certainly free to create your own login mechanism that enables your customers to access your applications.

Would recommend getting in touch with Esri if you have a particular use-case in mind.

  • I'm not sure that any of the three relevant excerpts apply to me because I have ArcGIS Online for Organizations as part of my ArcGIS for Desktop maintenance, and I am not using a Developer Plan. Your third paragraph which begins "If you look at the types of apps ..." makes me think you get where I am coming from in trying to understand whether an "atypical" app like a Story Map has a place in the ArcGIS Marketplace. – PolyGeo Oct 31 '16 at 2:44
  • I think they do. You can still login to ArcGIS for Developers with an organisational named user, and get the same benefits as a developer plan. – jakc Oct 31 '16 at 6:34
  • OK - I just tried that and registered a test app that I think takes me a step closer to my goal. I now think that what your answer is saying is that I already have the entitlement to the first two excerpts you quoted, and the third applies to everybody anyway. – PolyGeo Oct 31 '16 at 6:51

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