Storyline project maximum size

Jun 03, 2013

I am working on a very big storyline project (in terms of mb).
In fact, it is about 2gb, and I am worried about possible issues
with its publishing..
That is why I would really like to know if there are any limits to
the dimensions that a ".story" file can reach.

This is a urgent matter for me, so it would be fundamental to me
to know if others are used to manage similar weights.

Thank you!


13 Replies
Christine Hendrickson

Hi Rosy,

Not in stone, no - but with larger files you'll probably experience some delays, etc. It might be best to break the course into different portions while you're modifying the file. When you're ready to publish, you can import the other sections and then publish the course as a whole.

It really depends on what your machine, operating system, etc. can handle. It sounds like the course is extremely large. Depending on your machine, you may be fine. However, if you start to notice lagging, you might want to break it up until you're ready to distribute the course.


Ayrus 123

I am working on an project which has ten topic. I have developed them as a individual storyline file. Now i need to combine all the ten topics into one single articulate storyline file. Right now i can successfully integrate first 5 topics, after integrating the topic 6, the storyline file hangs and not functioning. Please help.

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Surya,

First, you'll want to check the following when updating your Storyline courses:

  • Work on your local drive (your C: drive).Working on a network drive or a USB drive can cause erratic behavior, includingfile corruption, loss of audio, and other unexpected behavior. 
  • You should also make sure the directory pathto your project files and your published output is less than 260 characters(for example C:\Articulate).
  • Avoid using special characters, accents orsymbols in your file names.

Also, I'd suggest that you're following the directions here to import a Storyline file into your existing project - instead of doing a copy/paste of slides. As Christine mentioned, there isn't a file size set in stone - but the ability of Storyline to handle those larger files will depend on your computer set up. To assist Storyline is reading and combining the files, I'd check that you've removed any extra screen recordings, master slides, etc. that are not in use - as all those images and videos are being imported each time as well. 

Frances Jones

Dear Rosy and Surya,  I am just about to embark on a large branching scenario game, which has approximately 490 decision points.  Did you have any tips on working on large projects that you would like to pass on?  Rosy, did your 2GB project publish and work all OK for your end users?   Would be interested to hear about the outcomes.  With many thanks Frances

Manjunath eCoursys

Hi Frances Jones,

 When working with one of our clients, course size grew to 1.2GB size.  Luckily for us, it had around 25 independent modules (progressive lessons, non-interlinked), we split them to into 25 story files & interlinked them into one big course through main menu. It worked to our advantage in multiple ways.  We published some simple tips on this in our website blog. See if it makes sense to your requirement -    

 Tips for building large interactive course using Articulate Storyline

p.s. - posted same response in another thread with similar question....sorry for the repeat post.

Christie Pollick

Hi, Frances -- Thanks for reaching out! In addition to the suggestions and input Manjunath shared, I thought I might also share the following in case you would like to take a look:



Hope that helps! :)

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