Esri CityEngine improves urban planning, architecture, and design. Use its 3D visualization power to see the relationships of projects, assess their feasibility, and plan their implementation. CityEngine helps you make quality decisions that benefit your community for decades.
Install and set up
CityEngine is available at the Basic or Advanced level for three major operating systems: Windows, Linux, and OS X. Both the concurrent use and single use versions of licensing are included in the media kit, which contains everything you need to install and use CityEngine on various computers on a network. CityEngine is also available for download from My Esri.
CityEngine Basic is a 3D City Edit and Visualization tool. It allows you to intuitively create and maintain 3D City Scenes and provides the option to publish 3D City Scenes to ArcGIS Online. CityEngine Basic supports the file Geodatabase and is available with Single Use (node-locked) licensing only.
CityEngine Advanced extends the Basic version to a professional modeling and design solution that provides the full power of procedural technology for efficient creation and design of 3D cities. CityEngine Advanced comes with all the features including Python and advanced import and export format support; it is available with Single Use (node-locked) or Concurrent Use (floating) licensing.
See the feature list at esri.com for a comparison between the basic and advanced license levels.
Download CityEngine and use the resources below to guide you through the set-up process.
Begin with a tutorial or a video
The best way to get oriented with CityEngine is to start using it. Follow these tutorials to get started quickly.
- Learn the essentials of CityEngine in the essential skills tutorial.
- Look at the import streets tutorial to start importing and changing street geometry.
- You can learn to make custom building facades in the facade wizard tutorial.
- Additional tutorials will show you methods for python scripting, polygonal modeling, and publishing web scenes.
You can also learn the basics of CityEngine quickly and easily by watching the essential videos series.
Get ideas from other projects
Take a look at existing projects for ideas and inspiration to build your own cities.