This item has been retired. Please see What's new for more information.


Briefing Book is a configuration of ArcGIS and a JavaScript application that allows users to view and create map-based briefings and reports with interactive content.

This application can be deployed by local, state, and national governments; utilities, NGOs, as well as private industries; to create and deliver dynamic and interactive briefings and reports for executives, decision-makers, knowledge-workers, and constituents.

The Briefing Book can be used to create new briefings and reports that include ArcGIS maps, videos, photos, and written text. The briefings and reports are stored in your ArcGIS Online organization or Portal for ArcGIS site and can be shared with members of your organization or the general public. The Briefing Book presents briefings and reports you author on a single bookshelf optimized for tablet devices.


Briefing Book requires specific technical experience and software. Minimum system requirements for the ArcGIS Platform can be found on the Support website.

The maps consumed by this application can be deployed using ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS, but the Briefing Book application must be deployed on a web server running Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS).

Requirement Description
  • Publishing GIS services
  • Authoring maps
  • Administering ArcGIS Online groups and organizing content
  • Publishing applications using Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS)
GIS service hosting
  • ArcGIS Online, or
  • ArcGIS for Server (Standard or Advanced)
Application hosting
  • Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0 or higher
  • Microsoft ASP.NET Framework 4.0 or 4.5
Browser compatibility

The application is optimized for display on desktop computers and tablet devices using the following browsers:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 9, 10, 11
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Google Chrome
  • Apple Safari

What you get

When you download the Briefing Book, you'll find the following files:

Directory Description
BriefingBook A folder containing the Briefing Book application files.

What's new

Below are the release dates and notes for Briefing Book.

Date Description
July 2016
  • The Briefing Book has been retired.
July 2015
  • A new feature that allows the Briefing Book to be set to "View Only" mode.
  • An enhanced Flickr photo module.
  • A new feature that provides visual queues to improve the user experience on tablet devices.
  • An enhanced map module that adds support for time enabled layers and legends.
  • A new feature that allows briefing books to be printed.
  • Improved support for localization.
  • Resolved a bug that created duplicate items when the Briefing Book application was configured to use Enterprise Logins (BUG-000083162).
  • Resolved a bug that prevented briefing books from being visible after they were moved to a folder in an organizational account (BUG-000083071).
  • Resolved a bug that caused briefing books to be created with incorrect URLs when Enterprise Logins were used (BUG-000083161).
June 2014
  • Support for ArcGIS organizational account enterprise logins.
  • Resolved a bug that caused Briefing Books to become corrupted if the Briefing Book item was edited within ArcGIS Online for organizations or Portal for ArcGIS.
  • Resolved a bug that caused Briefing Books to create items without all the required item parameters within ArcGIS Online for organizations or Portal for ArcGIS.
  • Resolved a bug that caused non-web Mercator ArcGIS Online maps to fail loading.
  • Resolved a bug that caused the application to fail when non-Briefing Book items were tagged with a defined search tag.
  • Resolved a bug that affected how images are displayed on iPad and other tablet devices.
  • Resolved a bug that prevented map pop-ups from displaying in Internet Explorer 10.
April 2014
  • First release of the Briefing Book

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