Save Time with Admin Tools for ArcGIS Online to Clone Story Maps & Apps in Your Org

Imagine this, you have a need to build a Story Map in ArcGIS Online. Now, perhaps you already have created some great maps and your latest project is similar to a project you completed last year. Why not clone your Story Map, giving yourself a duplicate copy to edit accordingly, building it out in similar design as your previous project.
Cloning, perhaps one of the most popular tools in Admin Tools (Pro) is indeed very handy and can be a huge time saver. Now don’t get this confused with a simply “Copy” function. Cloning is much more handyand likely what you need.  The difference is also explained HERE in our KBase.



This tool creates a new item as a pointer to the original source. This tool is useful for multiple users all working on the same content. It is available in the basic version of Admin Tools.


This tool creates brand new items, with its dependencies configured automatically, and no longer pointing to the original data source it was cloned from. This is a very useful tool for moving content into a new organization. The Clone tool is available in the Pro version of Admin Tools.

The process is relatively simple and fast. Launch Admin Tools (Pro), then select from the “Workflows” menu item (far right).

From the Clone menu, select “Clone Items to Organization”.

Enter your portal url you can find this by logging into AGOL and visiting your content home page.  Select your webmap of interest and point to a new destination – your Story Map will be cloned completely from your user content location, into a location in your Org account where it can then be moved and accessed by any user you select.

clone demo

You can then start editing your Story Map accordingly, using your original story map as a template.

Note, in this example we simply cloned one Story Map to create a duplicate within the organization. The Clone Tools can also be used to clone your entire organization! Imagine replicating one user account and all data, maps and apps to another or many accounts – EDU users love this!

Cloning is a Tool provided with Admin Tools Pro – learn more HERE

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