ArcGIS Pro

How Do I Get ArcGIS Pro?

At the Esri User Conference we had several people ask us how to get a copy of ArcGIS Pro; they wanted to get started with the future of desktop GIS.

ArcGIS Pro Area at the 2019 Esri User Conference

There are two ways to get ArcGIS Pro: ArcGIS Desktop or the GIS Professional User Type.

ArcGIS Desktop

ArcGIS Desktop is a complete suite for desktop GIS. It is the foundational piece of the ArcGIS platform to create, analyze, manage, and share geographic information. It includes ArcMap, ArcCatalog, an ArcGIS Online Creator User Type, and ArcGIS Pro.

That’s right. If you have ArcGIS Desktop, you don’t have to wait around, you already have ArcGIS Pro.  You or your administrator can download and install it and you can start using it today.

Go here to learn how to download, install, and authorize ArcGIS Pro.

GIS Professional

What if you don’t have ArcGIS Desktop or would prefer getting just ArcGIS Pro and not the entire ArcGIS Desktop suite?

Good news! ArcGIS Pro is also available with the GIS Professional User Type for ArcGIS Online.

GIS Professional User Type

User Types are ArcGIS Online subscriptions that allow you to match you and your team members with the exact tools needed. GIS Professional includes ArcGIS Pro managed by an ArcGIS Online named user.

Go here to learn more about what’s included with the GIS Professional User Type


To meet your needs, ArcGIS Pro supports three license types: Named User, Single Use, and Concurrent Use. Named User is the default license type for ArcGIS Pro. If you want to use Single Use or Concurrent Use, you can convert the Named User license.

Named User

A Named User license allows ArcGIS Pro to be used by a person with credentials who signs in to the application on any machine where it is installed. This license is managed in an ArcGIS Online organization. It allows you to log into ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro, and many ArcGIS Apps using the same credentials. The Named User license type is currently only available for ArcGIS Pro; it is not for other ArcGIS Desktop applications.

Single Use

A Single Use license allows one user to install and use ArcGIS Desktop on one computer.

Concurrent Use

A Concurrent Use license allows ArcGIS Desktop to be installed on any computer. Use of the applications by multiple users is managed through a license manager on a network computer.

Get Started with ArcGIS Pro

ArcGIS Pro is the future of desktop GIS development at Esri. There are many resources to help you get up and running with ArcGIS Pro. The Esri Training site includes more than 200 seminars, web courses, instructor-led training, tutorials, and more about ArcGIS Pro. The Learn ArcGIS site has many industry and workflow focused lessons for ArcGIS Pro, including an excellent Get Started with ArcGIS Pro lesson. The ArcGIS Pro help system offers a series of quick-start tutorials that present key functionality and help you build a strong working knowledge of the product.

About the author

Richard Kachelriess is Esri’s Product Marketing Manager for ArcGIS Pro. He has worked on a wide range of Esri's products, including ArcGIS Server; the geodatabase; imagery; ArcGIS Online content, such as basemaps, the Living Atlas, and Streetmap Premium; and Esri's open technologies and solutions, such as ArcGIS Open Data, Esri Geoportal Server, ArcGIS for INSPIRE, the ArcGIS Editor for OpenStreetMap. He has also been a President of Esri’s Toastmasters club. Richard’s background includes an MBA from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College, a Geology degree from Florida Atlantic University, and work as a Hydrologic Technician with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) researching water quality in the Florida Everglades. You can follow Richard on Twitter @kachelriess.


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