ArcGIS is a Windows-based collection of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software products designed to produce detailed maps, build spatial models, and manage spatial data. Included is ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, ArcMap, & ArcScene.
ArcGIS Desktop is a complete desktop GIS software suite that allows you to create maps, perform spatial analysis and manage data.
ArcGIS Pro is Esri's next-gen 64-bit desktop GIS product. ArcGIS Pro provides professional 2D and 3D mapping in an intuitive user interface.
ArcMap is where you display and explore GIS datasets for your study area, where you assign symbols, and where you create map layouts for printing or publication. ArcMap is also the application you use to create and edit datasets.
ArcScene is a 3D viewer that is well suited to generating perspective scenes that allow you to navigate and interact with your 3D feature and raster data. Based on OpenGL, ArcScene supports complex 3D line symbology and texture mapping as well as surface creation and display of TINs.
- User: Faculty, Staff, Students, Researchers
- Devices: Caltech-owned, personal
- Platforms: Windows,
Will not run in the MacOS, unless you are running some sort of Windows virtualization software (something like VirtualBox or VMWare Fusion or Parallels)
Distribution and Availability
- Caltech Device: Access provided via firstname.lastname@example.org
- Personal Device: Access provided via email@example.com
- On Campus: GIS Lab (311 N. Mudd)
- May 16th annually
- Non-commercial, for academic & research purposes only.
Support, Documentation, and Training
- Visit Learn ArcGIS
- System requirements for ArcGIS Desktop can be found here: http://desktop.arcgis.com/en/system-requirements/latest/arcgis-desktop-system-requirements.htm.
- System requirements for ArcGIS Pro can be found here: https://pro.arcgis.com/en/pro-app/get-started/arcgis-pro-system-requirements.htm
- Patches and Service Packs for ESRI products can be found at here: http://support.esri.com/Downloads.
- Information about student copies of ArcGIS Desktop can be found here: https://www.esri.com/en-us/arcgis/products/arcgis-desktop-student-trial
Currently, all of Caltech is listed in the license agreement.
- Faculty and staff can install ESRI software on a personally owned PC for education and research purposes only.
- Students can request a 1-year student license to install ArcGIS Desktop on their PC.
Users at Caltech, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request ESRI software.
- Please be as specific as possible about which software and what version you are requesting.
- To verify your affiliation with Caltech, all emails requesting software should originate from the Caltech domain. That is, your message must be from an email with a @caltech.edu at the end.
One-year license for students of Caltech can be requested by contacting me at email@example.com. There will be a fee charged to a Caltech POETA. The use of this software is limited to educational purposes, and no commercial use is allowed. One copy and activation code per student. IMPORTANT: You will need to activate the authorization code using your ESRI Global Account before it can be used.
- Check out the system requirements to make sure your computer has the hardware and software required for the trial.
- The software cannot be installed on a computer that has a previous version of ArcGIS Desktop or ArcGIS Server installed; if necessary, uninstall previous versions of ArcGIS Desktop or Server. It's OK if the computer has ArcGIS Explorer installed.
- Install an image (ISO) extractor program such as 7-Zip.
- Activate your authorization code
- Visit ESRI for ArcGIS for Desktop Education and choose "I have an ArcGIS Education Edition authorization code".
- Log in using your Esri Global Account, or create a new account, if necessary.
- Enter the authorization code and click submit.
- Install and authorize the ArcGIS for Desktop software
- If you are installing from an ISO image, unzip the ArcGIS for Desktop ISO using 7-Zip. In other words, click on the link provided above, and "Save File". Then, extract using an extractor program such as 7-Zip, or WinZip.
- Run Setup.exe (or ESRI.exe) to install ArcGIS for Desktop.
- The Authorization Wizard will prompt you for a product to authorize; select "ArcGIS Desktop – ArcInfo (Single Use)".
- The Authorization Wizard will prompt you for an authorization code; enter your activated code.