Extracting the Articulate Storyline file from a Zip file (storyline output)

Aug 10, 2015

Hi, does anyone know how to (if possible) extract the Articulate Storyline file from a zip folder? I cannot find my original Articulate file, and wanted to know if I could get this from the zip file, instead of recreating it.

Thank you, Ange

16 Replies
Mohammad  Hassam

Hi Angela, 

Unfortunately, you cannot extract Storyline file from ZIP folder because ZIP folder is the output of your course -- if you will extract that folder, the files you will see are HTML5 or SWF. 

Most of the times it happens that storyline.files exist under Articulate projects folder. Kindly check that folder. Here is the location

--> Go to My documents -- My Articulate projects


Open AS2 again and under recent items you will find the same course/project and Save as to the location you want. 

Hope it helps.


Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Angela, 

Yes, only the published output is saved in the My Articulate Projects folder. The .story file is not saved automatically as a part of publishing or within Storyline's general behavior. 

However, there may still be a working version of your project in your temp files. Here's how to check:
1) Open this folder in Windows Explorer:
2) Scan the contents of this folder for a file that starts with the name of your project. If you find one, copy it to your desktop. If you find more than one, copy the latest version to your desktop.
3) Change the file extension of the copy on your desktop from *.tmp to *.story.
4) Double-click the file to open it in Storyline.
Mohammad  Hassam

Thanks Leslie and Ashley for appreciating that. 


I suggest if you can write a post or a blog on this issue because, I guess, many of us are facing the same problem and don't have any solution. The solution you have given is unique -- Many of us didn't know about it. 

Instead of searching within the folder one by one, I think this could save lots of time.



Jim Becker

I'd like to use the presentation as a template for another presentation I want to create. So I'm looking to edit it.

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Alyssa Gomez

Ah, okay! Thanks for clarifying that, Jeff.

All you need to do is duplicate the course, then begin building the new course from the duplicate version. 

Just hover over the course tile on your Rise 360 dashboard, click the ellipsis that appears, then choose Duplicate. Enter a name for the new course and click Save. (Only course owners and admin collaborators can duplicate a course.)

Naz Wilson

Hi Ashley,

I'm curious if there has been a change or more information since written on how we utilise an old package (zip file), either in Storyline or Rise, respectively. Having had a freelancer previously build a large course in Rise now we're unable to return and edit this ourselves. We will have the same circumstance for others in Storyline. Might I have overlooked some functionality? Or is this not possible


Leslie McKerchie

Hello Naz, and welcome to E-Learning Heroes. 😊

Thanks for reaching out to follow up. I'd be happy to help you.

The processes shared above for both Rise 360 and Storyline 360 have not changed. Perhaps you can reach out to the freelancer and have them send you a copy of your Rise course. You will need to request the .story file for any Storyline projects.

When working with a freelancer in the future, I'd recommend having them share the source files with you if you may be making adjustments and updates.