Insights for ArcGIS is now available in ArcGIS Online

Today marks a significant milestone in the history of Insights for ArcGIS, the new web-based, data analytics workbench that allows you to jumpstart your spatial analytics. Not only is this the 1st year anniversary since Insights released, we’re happy to announce the much-anticipated availability of Insights on the ArcGIS Online platform!

Over the past year, Insights for ArcGIS has been on a development fast track with seven significant updates averaging an 8-week release cycle packed with new features, capabilities, and enhancements that make performing data analytics in both a spatial and non-spatial context a fast, visual, and intuitive experience.

For those new to Insights, below is a summary of some of the great features you can benefit from to save time and find quick answers.  Already familiar with Insights for ArcGIS in ArcGIS Enterprise? The Online version of Insights includes all of the functionality of the ArcGIS Enterprise version, with the exception of features that are specific to ArcGIS Enterprise, such as ArcGIS GeoAnalytics Server and direct database connections. Here is an overview of what’s new in the online release.

Drag and drop interface

Insights uses a drag and drop interface that makes analysis and content creation quick.  You can drag and drop a dataset to create a map or perform a spatial aggregation or filter.  You can also expand a dataset and select fields to style a map or create charts and tables.

These features are great when you want to quickly start an analysis task. Insights for ArcGIS exposes the most commonly used spatial analysis tools so you can explore your data and focus your analysis.

Drag and drop interface

Want to learn more about using the drag and drop interface? Check out the following resources:

Interactive cards

In Insights, all of your content is created on cards, including maps, charts, and tables.  Cards that were created using the same dataset are linked, meaning that interactions you make with one card will be reflected on the others.  Cross filters are a new feature that allow you to filter cards using a selection on another card. Interactivity helps you to quickly identify relationships, patterns, and trends in your data.

Interactive cards in Insights

Use the following resources to learn more about interactive cards:

Enable location

Insights is compatible with spatial data, such as feature layers, and non-spatial data, such as Excel tables.  An Excel or CSV table can be used to create charts and tables, or it can quickly be turned into a spatial table by enabling location with x, y coordinates, addresses (geocoding), or geography (for example, county).  You can even enable location on a spatial dataset, giving your data more than one spatial field.

Enable Location on a dataset

For more information about enabling location, see the following:

Spatial and Non-spatial visualizations

In Insights, non-spatial visualizations, like charts and tables, are an important part of your analysis.  You can create 14 types of charts to pair with your maps and summarize your data in tables. Charts and tables help you with aspects of your analysis that are not spatial in nature. Insights allows you to act on any question that comes your way by bringing together all data and visualizations relevant to your analysis.

Non-Spatial visualizations

Learn more about data visualizations using these resources:

Analysis view

As you perform analysis in Insights, your steps are automatically saved and the model can be viewed in the Analysis view.  The Analysis view enables you to focus on exploring and analyzing your data by allowing you to bypass the process of manually tracking your analysis. The steps can also be shared as a model and rerun using updated or different datasets.

The Analysis view

Here are some resources to learn more about models:


Ready to jumpstart your spatial analytics? Try Insights for ArcGIS today with ArcGIS Online.

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  1. dougbrowning says:

    The very first HFS I tried gives me the error – Something went wrong. No other info. Pretty simple HFS with about 5,000 records.

    It was created by a Join in AGO originally (table to HFS).

    How can I troubleshoot this?


    • Vicki Lynn Cove says:


      Does the feature layer have a space in the name? If so then I recommend editing the layer name and removing the space.

      Please let me know if you have any further questions.



  2. GeoSpatialAm!t says:

    For existing Insight user’s (Portal licence), AGOL insights licence is a separate purchase?

  3. jfessic says:

    On the Getting Started page, it says “If you have an account in your ArcGIS Online organization and have been granted an Insights license by your administrator, you are ready to start using Insights.”
    I am an AGO administrator, but cannot find anything about Insights under “Manage Licenses.” I’m on a Higher Ed site license. Are we not included?

    • kent327 says:

      Seconding this comment.

    • Vicki Lynn Cove says:


      In general, new products are released to the public before being made available to special groups, like EDU. However, I am not able to speak more specifically to future Insights availability. If you have further questions I recommend that you contact your Esri EDU account manager. In the meantime, Insights is available through an ArcGIS Online free trial.

      Please let me know if you have any further questions.



      • iyte-architecture says:

        As jfessic mentioned my understanding is that ArcGIS Online organization have been granted an Insights license. We are on a Higher Educational site license and I’m an ArcGIS Online Organization administrator. However, we can only try insights for 21 days or we have to purchase it. It’s not clear under what conditions insights is available for ArcGIS Online organization. It would be great if the availability issue is clarified.

    • sqril13 says:

      I found it under Additional Products.

      But I’m not sure about the whole ArcGIS/Server versions being different licenses. We were told they weren’t.

  4. sortiz-esrico says:

    is it possible to migrate Insight projects from Portal for ArcGIS to ArcGIS Online?