How do I open in Storyline from a Zip file?

May 04, 2017

I worked on a project, zipped it, made a SCORM and then sent it off to the customer.  Someone else, on their side, made edits.  So now they have sent me a zip file and I can't figure out how to get it back into Articulate.  I just have a bunch of files.  Please help!

18 Replies
Wendy Farmer

The .story is the source file and some browsers change the extension to .zip (not sure why).

One of these may work:

  1. Extract the zip file and look for the file .story
  2. Right click and rename the .zip to .story if you are sure the source file is there
  3. From the place you are downloading it, before download right click and do save link as and it should allow you to change to .story file.

If none of those work, and you're happy to share what they have sent you I'll try for you.

Walt Hamilton

There is not. :( Once the cake is baked, you can't pull out individual ingredients. IT owes it to you to recover at least a backup.

Fortunately, you only lose back to your last backup. 

If you don't make backups, and store them someplace where neither IT, nor gremlins can access all of them at one time - well, now you know why I never trust anybody (not even myself) with my last copy of anything.

John Morgan
Hi Casey,
Walt’s post above is still true. The .story cannot be extracted from published output. If your IT department still has access to your former teammate’s computer or backup files, you might be able to retrieve a version of the file by searching for the .story file with the same name as your .zip file or even a temp file.
Here’s how.
  1. Open this folder in Windows Explorer: %appdata%\Articulate\Storyline
  2. Scan the contents of this folder for a file that starts with the name of the project. If found, copy it to the desktop. If there’s more than one, copy the latest version to the desktop.
  3. Change the file extension of the copy on the desktop from *.tmp to *.story.
  4. Double-click the file to open it in Storyline.
I hope this helps!
Elias Polcheira

Hello everyone,
So, I have a similar problem. I new to a team where the last person had backed up a .ZIP folder from the Storyline project in SharePoint.

Here are a couple of steps I already tried that are suggested on this thread:

  • I downloaded the .zip and there ISN'T a .STORY file inside the zipped folders.
  • I changed the extension from .ZIP to .STORY and Storyline could not open the file.

So, since I don't have access to the original files, other than the one saved in the cloud, is there anything else I could try?

Thank you.