The ArcGIS geocoding tutorial provides sample data and step-by-step instructions on how to use geocoding functionality for matching addresses. This tutorial introduces you to geocoding with ArcGIS for Desktop. You'll learn the basic techniques for creating address locators and geocoding with ArcGIS.
Some procedures in this tutorial require that you be familiar with ArcCatalog and ArcMap. For example, you should know how to copy data to a new location and add data to a map. You should also have a basic understanding of what a geodatabase is and the objects it can contain. If you're new to GIS or feel you need to refresh your knowledge, take some time to read What is ArcMap? and What is ArcCatalog?, or other related topics in the ArcGIS help to better understand these basic concepts.
The data for this tutorial is available for download on arcgis.com. Go to the item description web page of the geocoding tutorial data on arcgis.com. Click Open > Download, and save the file locally. Unzip the downloaded file. It is recommended that you save the downloaded Geocoding folder to the following location on disk: C:\ArcTutor\Geocoding. This save location will be referred to throughout the tutorials, so saving it in the same location will make the instructions clearer.
In this tutorial
The ArcGIS geocoding tutorial consists of the following exercises: