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Survey123 for ArcGIS lets capture photos anywhere in your survey.  These photos can then be accessed via several online and desktop tools.

Viewing your Photos

In ArcGIS terms, photos are attachments stored in the feature service’s database along with the rest of the survey data submitted.  There are a couple ways of exploring the images through the web:

  • The Data tab of the Survey123 for ArcGIS’s website displays the photos of a survey response when it is selected in the ‘Individual Response’
  • Sign in to your ArcGIS organization (for example and you can view the data table of the service storing the data, including accessing the image attachments.  To do so, go to the Item Details of the service storing your form data and go to the ‘Data’ tab.
  • Links to attached photos can be displayed in the pop-ups of a survey point in a web map be available in a web application like a Story Map.

Exporting your Photos

Aside from having the photos stored with the survey data, there are analysis operations that may require the photos to be downloaded; for example, archiving the photos or using them in documentation/presentations.  Any individual photo can be downloaded from web sites by right-clicking on the photo and selecting ‘Save Image’ or right-clicking on the link and selecting ‘Download Link(ed File)’.  The most efficient way to export all of the photos is to download a File Geodatabase copy of the data and then follow the steps described in the Esri Knowledge Base article "How To: Batch export attachments from a feature class". Note that this will also download any signature question answers as well; signature questions will not have location information embedded.

Photo Metadata

When you take a photo, Survey123 records more than just the picture.  Photo metadata (camera type, camera settings and location information) are stored in what is known as the EXIF portion of the photo file. The location information in particular can enhance the understanding of a survey by providing additional points that can be associated with the survey.  A good example of this is inventorying equipment and facilities at a local park.  We can construct a form with the questions, including a photo, for the equipment are in a repeat of a form that gets filled out once per park.  Rather than asking for a point at every piece of an equipment, the collector can take a photo, from which the approximate location can be extracted.  The result is that the survey is recording multiple points without users needing to always add information onto the map.

To get the location information, the survey data must be downloaded as described above.  ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro both have a “GeoTagged Photos To Points” tool that then will create the new point features.  To make this process a little easier, I’ve combined the extract tool with the GeoTagged Photos to Points tool in Python Script and Toolbox.

On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) decided to proclaim the third of March, the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as World Wildlife Day.


World Wildlife Day 2017 encourages youth around the world to rally together to address ongoing major threats to wildlife including habitat change, over-exploitation or illicit trafficking.




This is a minor maintenance update focused on the survey123 web site.


Remember to clear your web browser cache to  benefit from this update !              





While the Survey123 Connect and the Survey123 field app have been available for months in all languages supported in ArcGIS, the Survey123 web site was only available in English.  With this update we add support in the Survey123 web site for the following languages:


BosnianCroatianCzechTraditional Chinese (Taiwan)DutchEstonian
NorwegianPolishRomanianPortuguese (Brazil)ThaiSpanish
SwedishTurkishDanishSimplified ChineseVietnamese


The language to be used in the web site will be determined by the logged-in user's profile. If no preferred language is found in the profile, then the default language of the ArcGIS organization will be used. If no language is set in the organization the language set in the web browser will be matched.


We will work on supporting Arabic and Hebrew in the Survey123 web site in our next update.


Enhancements to Public Survey Sharing


Since we launched support for Public Surveys in November 2016, we have seen many exciting uses of them for crowd-sourcing and citizen science initiatives. Public surveys have also become a favorite among educators in schools and universities.  


In this update, we have refined the process for sharing surveys in the Collaborate page of The new enhancements are actually equally valid for private surveys, but the changes have been driven mostly by usage of Public Surveys. Thanks to Amy (Geoporter), Joseph (Esri EdCommunity), Dr Muki (ExciteS), Dave (USDAD-NCRS) and Sara (CoastWatch) for your feedback!


Surveys can be easily shared with users via a simple link. Surveys can be easily shared with users via a simple link that you can embed in a web site, include in an e-mail, or promote through social media. Through the Collaborate tab in the Survey123 web site you can generate links that will launch your survey in a web browser and the Survey123 field app. In this update creating links is easier than ever before, as shown in the next animation.


Note: As of this release, it is not possible to display surveys authored in Survey123 Connect  in a web browser. You will not see options to open your survey on the web if you created your survey from Survey123 Connect  for ArcGIS. Only if you author your survey using the Web Designer you will see all the options above.


If you plan to use survey links to help people open your survey in the Survey123 field app, there are a couple of reasons why this update matters. First, because the new links can now be embedded into virtually any web site and blog and social media. The second because it is bullet-proof even for some Android devices where in the past some of you reported that survey links were being blocked by the operating system or some applications.

Other minor enhancements and fixes


Some minor fixes (BUG-000102897, BUG-000102122) as well as cosmetic enhancements are also included in the Survey123 web site. Most notably, a redesign of the Create New Survey dialog, to make it easier for beginners to understand the differences between the web and desktop survey authoring environments.



Finally, if using surveys from a web browser in a mobile device, you will notice a smoother user experience when submitting locations.





A small focused update as you can see but with some key enhancements and fixes!  Our next release is planned for late March and will bring exciting new features that you can try already through our Survey123 for ArcGIS Beta Program.