ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro, the two primary desktop applications for GIS professionals, are both part of ArcGIS for Desktop. ArcMap and its companion application, ArcCatalog, as well as ArcGlobe and ArcScene, work together to provide a full spectrum of GIS capabilities. These applications are the focus of this help system. Information about ArcGIS Pro, the newest member of this group, is available at http://pro.arcgis.com.
Install and set up
- Go to My Esri and log in to download ArcGIS for Desktop (ArcMap). Alternatively, you can sign up for a free trial of ArcGIS.
- Review the system requirements before you initiate the installation program.
- Start the installation program; it will step you through the process. Refer to the Installation Guide for complete details.
- Once installation completes, you need to authorize the software. The ArcGIS Administration Wizard helps you do this.
Begin with a tutorial
A collection of tutorials is included with ArcGIS for Desktop. These require that the ArcGIS Tutorial Data for Desktop component be installed. This component is a separate download available on My Esri.
In addition, the Learn ArcGIS site hosts a number of lessons built around real-world projects and problems that cover the breadth of the ArcGIS platform. A few of these are highlighted below.
In the Get Started with ArcMap set of lessons, build your knowledge of ArcMap and GIS while determining how much of the Amazon rainforest was saved from deforestation when a proposal to build a road was denied. Learn how to do the following:
Bridging the Breast Cancer Divide uses a spatial problem solving approach to analyze discrepancies in mortality rates for breast cancer. Learn how to do the following:
The Homeless in the Badlands set of lessons uses ArcMap and ArcGIS Online to look at a surprising negative effect of the oil boom in North Dakota, a lack of housing for workers. Learn how to do the following:
Create a basemap of a 100-plot community garden in Mapping the Public Garden; then, turn it into a map-based app for communicating with plot holders. Learn how to do the following:
What's new at 10.4
ArcMap is one component of the ArcGIS 10.4 release. The following resources connect you to what's new across the entire ArcGIS platform: