Esri's ArcGIS is a geographic information system (GIS) for working with maps and geographic information.

It is used for: creating and using maps; compiling geographic data; analyzing mapped information; sharing and discovering geographic information; using maps and geographic information in a range of applications; and managing geographic information in a database.

The system provides an infrastructure for making maps and geographic information available throughout an organization, across a community, and openly on the Web.  

Students during 1-year promotion

Specify Windows 32-bit or 64-bit, or Linux

Faculty/staff departmental use:

  • License cost is covered for the following, as a result of these groups paying the annual renewal:
    • Schools of Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy & Social Work
    • Department of Medicine
    • Department of Family Medicine
    • Department of Pediatrics
    • IHV
    • Shock Trauma & Anesthesiology Research
    • All others please email us.  Additional licenses are currently $335 per department or school, and will be pro-rated as additional licenses are purchased.
  • ArcGIS for Desktop installation media = $10.
  • Additional media for extensions are available at $10 per disc.

System Requirements


Supported Operating System





Windows 2003 Server Standard, Enterprise & Datacenter (32-bit and 64-bit (EM64T)) SP2 SP2
Windows 2003 Server Terminal Services SP2 SP2
Windows 2008 Server Standard, Enterprise & Datacenter (32-bit and 64-bit (EM64T))   SP2
Windows 2008 R2 Server Standard, Enterprise & Datacenter (64-bit (EM64T))   SP1*
Windows 2008 R2 Server with Citrix XenApp 6** SP1* SP1*
Windows 7 Ultimate, Enterprise, Professional, Home Premium (32-bit and 64-bit (EM64T))   SP1*
Windows Vista Ultimate, Enterprise, Business, Home Premium (32-bit and 64-bit (EM64T)) SP2 SP2
Windows XP Professional Edition, Home Edition (32-bit) SP3 SP3
Windows XP Professional Edition, Home Edition (64-bit (EM64T)) SP2 SP2

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Hardware Requirements

 ArcInfo, ArcView, ArcEditor
CPU Speed

2.2 GHz minimum or higher; Hyper-threading (HHT) or Multi-core recommended


Intel Pentium 4, Intel Core Duo, or Xeon Processors; SSE2 (or greater)

Run this Microsoft utility from your Windows command prompt to check your processor.

Memory/RAM 2 GB or higher
Display Properties 24 bit color depth
Screen Resolution 1024 x 768 recommended or higher at Normal size (96dpi)
Swap Space Determined by the operating system, 500 MB minimum.
Disk Space 2.4 GB
In addition, up to 50 MB of disk space maybe needed in the Windows System directory (typically C:\Windows\System32). You can view the disk space requirement for each of the 10.0 components in the Setup program.

If using ArcGlobe (as part of 3D Analyst), additional disk space may be required. ArcGlobe will create cache files when used.
Video/Graphics Adapter

Check your computer's ability to run ArcGIS

64 MB RAM minimum, 256 MB RAM or higher recommended.  NVIDIA, ATI and INTEL chipsets supported

24 bit capable graphics accelerator

OpenGL version 2.0 runtime or higher is required, and Shader Model 3.0 or higher is recommended.  Be sure to use the latest available driver.

Networking Hardware Simple TCP/IP, Network Card or Microsoft Loopback Adapter is required for the License Manager.


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Interested in ESRI Virtual Campus training courses? Please email us with the course you'd like to learn. All courses are free with a license purchase.