How to Upgrade a Course to Storyline 360

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We made it super easy to upgrade a Storyline 1 or Storyline 2 course to Storyline 360. Just double-click the project file (i.e., the *.story file) to open it, then click Upgrade when prompted to upgrade the project.

Open your project with Storyline 360, then click Upgrade.

Your course will be upgraded automatically, and a backup copy of the original project file will be created in case you need to go back to it later. (Storyline 360 projects can't be opened or edited with previous versions of Storyline.)

Storyline 360 creates a backup copy of your original project file.
What about Storyline 3?

Storyline 3 projects don't need to be upgraded. They're compatible with Storyline 360. Open your Storyline 3 project files in Storyline 360, then edit and publish as needed. Easy!

Will Anything Be Different After Upgrading a Storyline 1 or 2 course to Storyline 360?

For the most part, your existing courses will look and behave as they did previously. However, you will notice a few improvements and changes.


You’ll see HTML5 content rather than Flash when previewing your course in Storyline 360.

Responsive Mobile Player

The responsive mobile player will automatically display when viewing HTML5 output on a tablet or smartphone. It adapts to the screen size and orientation of any mobile device for the best viewing experience. To learn more about the responsive player, see these FAQs.

HTML5 Gestures

New HTML5 gestures for touchscreen devices are enabled by default. Learn more about mobile gestures.

Text Labels

There are some new player text labels in Storyline 360. If you’ve customized or translated text labels in existing courses, you may want to scroll through them after upgrading to make sure the new labels fit your course design. See this user guide to learn more about working with text labels.

Right-to-Left Text

Player elements switch positions for right-to-left languages to give learners a more intuitive experience.

Slide Numbers

For slide numbers to work in an upgraded Storyline 1 project, you must first open the project file in Storyline 360, save it, close it, and then reopen it.

Engage Interactions

To take advantage of new HTML5 support for embedded interactions, click Edit in Engage on the Storyline 360 ribbon for each interaction, then click Save and Return to Storyline on the Engage 360 ribbon.

YouTube Videos

YouTube website videos will behave somewhat differently than they did before.


You can publish individual scenes or slides without having to publish the entire course.

Click here to see all the new and enhanced features in Storyline 360.