Frequently asked questions
Why is it called ArcGIS for Personal Use?
This program allows individuals to license and use Esri's powerful mapping and analytical tools and authoritative data currently used by large organizations for a very affordable price. Therefore, we gave it the straightforward name of ArcGIS for Personal Use. With this program, you get advanced-level GIS software as well as access to the world's foremost collection of geospatial information for your own personal projects.
Is this software different from the ArcGIS software for commercial use?
It is the same software but priced for an individual user to be used for personal, noncommercial projects such as professional development.
What version and license level of ArcGIS software will I get?
With ArcGIS for Personal Use, you get the latest versions of our software at the advanced license level. By continuing your yearly subscription, you will always have access to the latest and greatest Esri software at a very low price.
What is a Creator user type?
A user type is a license type that determines the privileges and access you receive with Esri software. The Creator user type allows you to view, edit, create, and share your content as well as perform the administrative functions for your account.
What data are included for me to use?
With the purchase of ArcGIS for Personal Use, you will be given access to the ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World. There is always new content available in ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World, such as ready-to-use, authoritative data layers, curated and prepared for easy ArcGIS integration. Stimulate your creativity by exploring inspiring spatial content from thousands of organizations including maps, apps, and story maps.
Where can I see the training options?
ArcGIS for Personal Use provides access to free training via the Esri Training website. Whether you're new to ArcGIS or a seasoned GIS professional who wants to master the latest technology, we have the resources to help you achieve your goals.
Visit the Training website to see the course catalog and learning plans.