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StoryMapJS: Maps that tell stories.

StoryMapJS is a simple tool to help you tell stories with maps. If you're not a programmer, you don't need to spend much time on the GitHub page—instead, go StoryMapJS

If you want information on creating JSON with your own code and embedding it, see the "Advanced" documentation on the StoryMap website.


See to get setup for local development of StoryMap.

Contributing language translations

StoryMap's older sibling, TimelineJS has proven internationally popular, in part because users have contributed translation support for dozens of languages. StoryMap is also ready to be used in languages other than English, but once again, we'll need your help.

For each language, we need a simple file with a name like *xx*.js, where xx is the two letter code for the language. (Technically, it's the ISO 639-1 code—you can find a list of them on Wikipedia.) The file defines a Javascript object with language specific translations. To make one for your language, copy one of the existing files (like this one for Spanish) and edit the quoted strings. Please don't change the "keys"—the unquoted strings. If you know how to use GitHub to make a pull request, that's the best way to submit it to us. If that's not your thing, you can add a comment to this support thread and upload your translation as an attachment.


Images are rendered so when set to be map_as_image the entire image is shown. When set as cartography the zoom will set so that all the markers fit.

Points are set to only display on mouseover in image mode, but you can set map_as_image to false in the config options to always show the points. The points are hidden when the intent is an image so that nothing obstructs the image the viewer is looking at. Looking at a painting is hard with a bunch of points on it.

Map Options

To disable connecting lines on maps use the StoryMap options: "Treat as Image" (as opposed to the default, "Treat as Cartography")

More config options available to do what you want with the line:

line_follows_path:      true,		// Map history path follows default line, if false it will connect previous and current only
line_color:             "#c34528",,
line_color_inactive:    "#CCC",
line_join:              "miter",
line_weight:            3,
line_opacity:           0.80,
line_dash:              "5,5",
show_lines:             true,
show_history_line:      true,

To disable zoom calculation/edit zoom level set calculate_zoom to false in the config options.

Images can now be used in place of map pins. Use image inside the location object and include a url to use. use_custom_markers also has to be set to true in the story map options. Same goes for custom icons except you need icon inside the location object and include a url to use.


Users may be directed to our userinfo page to help with troubleshooting. This page provides information about the user's account and saved storymaps. The endpoint is