ArcGIS Earth

What's New in ArcGIS Earth

ArcGIS Earth is an interactive 3D experience for users to plan, visualize, and evaluate events on the globe. ArcGIS Earth provides situational awareness of an environment on desktop and mobile for improved decision-making. Ingest data in different formats, including 3D models, KML, TXT, and open services from ArcGIS or with a URL, to explore areas of interest in 3D. Manipulate KML in its entirety to understand changing circumstances. ArcGIS Earth is a free and easy-to-use tool to quickly fuse, manipulate, and collaborate with 3D data for research, planning, supporting time sensitive briefings, and graphic presentation.


The ArcGIS Earth October 2020 release includes new 3D capabilities, support for additional data types, and many user experience enhancements. With the October 2020 release of ArcGIS Earth we have migrated from the .NET Framework to .NET Core. Upon this new platform, ArcGIS Earth will introduce several new capabilities and optimized overall performance.

Significant performance and usability improvements are as follows:


New Features

New data type Support


Daylight and shadows over Philadelphia


The Daylight rendering capability allows you to change how sunlight and shadows affect your scene during different times of the day and year. You can configure the sunlight and shadow effects by setting time, date, animation methods, and whether or not to show shadows.


Underground Mode

Underground mode enables you to navigate underground datasets and easily adjust the transparency of the terrain surface.




Bookmark editing and management




Table of contents


Automation API



Download the latest version of ArcGIS Earth for desktop at the ArcGIS Earth Product Page. For additional information check out our documentation and YouTube Playlist.

About the author

Steve Haynes

Steve is a Product Manager at Esri, where he is responsible for ArcGIS Earth. With over 15 years of geospatial experience in industries ranging from Survey & Mapping to GEOINT to Military Simulation and Training, Steve brings an energetic, customer mission focused approach to delivering results that solve complex problems.

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