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GIS Center: ArcGIS Pro

Information and Resources Offered by the GIS Center at UC Merced.

ArcGIS Pro Procedures

NOTE:  If you are having trouble logging into Pro, please see this work-around to SIGN IN USING BROWSER.

ArcGIS Pro is the professional desktop GIS application from Esri.  All UC Merced students, faculty, and staff have free access to this software by signing up to ArcGIS Online with an organizational account.  ArcGIS software runs on Windows OS only.

    Step 1:  Sign up with ArcGIS OnlineUC Merced email account required

    Step 2:  Download and install ArcGIS Pro.  (See instructions below.)

ArcGIS Pro Download Instructions

Step 1:  To download ArcGIS Pro, you must have a UC Merced GIS Center ArcGIS Online account.  If you do not have an organizational account, please see step 1 above

Step 2:  Check that your computer has the appropriate system requirements to run ArcGIS Pro.  

  • ArcGIS Pro only runs on Windows OS, and installation is “self-service”.  If you want to run ArcGIS Pro on MacOS, we recommend installing Parallels which is available for purchase at OIT.
  • RemoteLab is UC Merced's alternative to downloading software.  ArcGIS Pro is available through RemoteLab, as well as many other software programs.  


Step 3:  Download and install .NET 6.0 Desktop Runtime (v6.x.x) - Windows x64 Installer 



Step 4:  Download ArcGIS Pro:

  1. From the UC Merced AGOL Web page ( sign in at top right, if you are not already signed in. 

  2. After you are signed in, you will see your username at top right – click on it and select MySettings.     

  3.  In left-hand menu, beneath My settings, click on Licenses.      

  4. Scroll down to the ArcGIS Pro download button and select it.             

  5. Make sure the most recent version is showing in the window (Version 3.2) and click Download. (Make sure you remember where the file was downloaded.)

  6. Once the software installation package finishes downloading, open the ArcGISPro_##_#####.exe file.

  7. Select the destination folder for Files.

  8. Once the program finishes extracting, make sure the box next to launch GIS is checked and click the “Close” button.

  9. A new dialog box should pop up labeled ArcGIS Setup 

    a. Click Next. 

    b. Review the license agreement and accept it if you agree. Click Next to continue with the installation. You must exit if you do not agree with the terms. 

    c. Select the installation context in which ArcGIS Pro will install, whether per-machine (all users) or per-user. By default, the per-machine option is selected. Click Next to continue. - Note: If the user running the setup does not have administrative privileges, a per-user instance of ArcGIS Pro cannot be installed 

    d. Click Change to specify the installation folder, or click Next to accept the default location of C:\Program Files\ArcGIS\Pro\. 

    e. Click Install to begin the installation. Note that the Esri User Experience Improvement check box is checked by default.

  10. A box should come up asking you to allow this app to make changes to your device. Click yes to allow this.

  11. Click Finish to close the software installation wizard when the installation completes. Leave the “Run ArcGIS Pro now” check box checked if you want to start the application immediately.

  12.  If you have an ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise account, you can start ArcGIS Pro with a Named User license. If your credentials do not work, you need to first set up your ArcGIS Online account by following Step 1.

ArcGIS Pro Sign-In Procedures

  1. Open ArcGIS Pro
  2. Go to the top right-hand corner and click "Sign-In"
  3. At the bottom right-hand corner of the sign-in window, click Sign in using browser.  
  4. Sign in using your UC Merced Single Sign-On credentials.
  5. You may need to enter "ucmerced":



ArcMap is Esri's original desktop digital mapping and spatial analysis software, which has been superseded by Pro.  The current version, 10.8.2, will be the final version, and support for the product will end by 2026.  For those who have workflows that absolutely cannot be run in ArcGIS Pro, we will work directly with Esri to ask for individual exceptions, but we need to coordinate with you directly and submit your justifications and use cases to Esri.  Please email Erin at if you need this software.

Sunsetting ArcMap - Esri Announcement