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Geographic Information Systems (GIS): ArcGIS

ArcGIS Suite

ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Online, and ArcGIS Pro are popular software and online platforms created by Esri that are used to perform GIS analyses. Registered students and staff at uOttawa have access to these platforms for free and can create accounts by following the steps described below. Click on your platform of choice to get started!

ArcGIS Desktop ArcGIS Online ArcGIS Pro
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ArcGIS Desktop

ArcGIS Desktop 

ArcMap or ArcGIS desktop is a GIS software for visualizing, managing, creating, and analyzing geographic data. Using ArcGIS, you can understand the geographic context of your data, allowing you to see relationships and identify patterns in new ways.

Download ArcGIS Desktop:

*New procedure as required by Esri, updated as of May 14, 2021. For all questions, please contact:


  1. Download ArcGIS Desktop (to begin download, right-click on the link and select "Save link as...")
  2. Authenticate your software using a single use license file.

Staff: Software Order Form

ArcGIS Online

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ArcGIS Online is a collaborative web GIS that allows you to use, create, and share maps, scenes, apps, layers, analytics, and data. Users can create a map that can be viewed in a browser, desktop or mobile device. See this page to learn more about ArcGIS Online and obtain a free account:

ArcGIS Pro

ArcGIS Pro  



ArcGIS Pro is Esri’s newest flagship software which combines the analytical potential of ArcMap with a newer, more intuitive interface similar to ArcGIS Online. This software is also much easier to work with ArcGIS Online. 

To obtain ArcGIS Pro, follow these steps:


  1. Download ArcGIS Pro (to begin download, right-click on the link and select "Save link as...")
  2. Create an ArcGIS Online account by following the steps outlined above (ArcGIS Online)
  3. Follow the steps outlined in this document: ArcGIS Pro: Login Instructions (uOttawa)