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ESRI GIS Software

ESRI Site Licensed Software: ArcInfo, ArcView, ArcGIS


ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute) are the creators of ArcInfo, ArcView, ArcGIS systems. The current version of these GIS products are available for Windows-based systems only. The following is a brief description of the 3 products:


The first GIS system created by ESRI in the 1980's. This feature-rich product is run by typing commands in at the command line. It is generally difficult to learn and was initially only made for Unix-based machines. It is no longer available as a standalone product, however it still comes with ArcGIS where it is called ArcInfo Workstation. The current version is ArcInfo Workstation 9 (part of ArcGIS 9).


Developed by ESRI in the early 1990's, ArcView was one of the first Desktop GIS packages and undoubtedly the most popular probably because it is quite easy to learn. It runs on PCs with Windows 95 to Windows XP. The current version is ArcView Desktop 3.3


Released in the year 2000, ArcGIS is the newest offering from ESRI, integrating the ease-of-use of ArcView Desktop with the powerful functionality of ArcInfo workstation. ArcGIS Desktop is the core GIS component, however there are many other GIS applications for mobile devices (ArcPad), databases (ArcSDE), internet map servers (ArcIMS) that are all part of the ArcGIS family.

ArcGIS Desktop runs only on Windows 2000 or XP. It should be at least a Pentium III with 128MB; a Pentium IV with 256MB RAM is recommended. The current software version is 9.

Generally speaking, if you meet the above requirements then ArcGIS Desktop is the current GIS application of choice from ESRI.

Software Versions (IMPORTANT!)

There are three versions of ArcGIS Desktop that have different functionality, costs, and licensing requirements. The three options are called: ArcInfo, ArcEditor, and ArcView (although the names ArcView and ArcInfo are the same as the software packages mentioned above they are not the same, it is only a guide for users of the previous software applications to determine which level of functionality they need). The following table summarizes the options:

ArcGIS Desktop Version



Licensing Requirements **


Limited functionality, especially in geoprocessing and editing. However, usually has enough capabilities for the average user.

Site Licensed

Standalone (single-use), or Floating (network)


Limited functionality, but full data editing capabilities.

Site Licensed

Standalone (single-use), or Floating (network)


Full functionality: full suite of editing, geoprocessing & data management tools (includes ArcInfo Workstation)

Site Licensed

Floating (network)

 ** ArcGIS Licensing Options

Standalone (Single-Use)

This is the standard form of software licensing that is familar to most of us. To license the software you must enter a registration key. For ArcGIS, after entering the registration you must also obtain an authorization file from ESRI. This can be done automatically if you have an Internet connection, otherwise you must submit the information by email/fax.

Floating (Network)

This option requires a license server on the network. Currently the SFU library and Department of Geography operate ESRI/ArcGIS license servers. The software will only run when it can connect to a valid license server. On-campus users can connect to the license server by specifying it's address when installing the application or at any time by running the Desktop Administrator application.

Users on private networks can also setup their own license server. This requires a hardware key/dongle, the license server software, and a valid license file from ESRI. Contact Neal Baldwin in Library Systems for more information on how to acquire a hardware key.

Software Extensions

There are a host of extensions available for ArcGIS 9 Desktop. Generally the extensions are included in the standard software installation files, just be sure to choose 'Complete Install' when installing the software. Each extension must be licensed separately, either via registration number or a license from the license server. Here is the current list of available extensions to ArcGIS.

Site License

Overview & Authorized Uses

The Simon Fraser University licensing agreement covers all of ESRI products. This licensing program is only available to departments - not to individuals. The software must be installed on University owned computers, and computers must be located within University facilities (including all campuses and extensions). NEW Registered Students and Researchers may now download ArcGIS desktop software for use on Home computers  and portable computers for use in classroom and research purposes.

Site License Expiration

The current Site License agreement expires on 12/30/2016.

Product List

ArcGIS 10.x

  • ArcGIS Desktop
    • Desktop Extensions: 3D Analyst, Spatial Analyst, Geostatistical Analyst, Network Analyst, Survey Analyst, Tracking Analyst, Publisher, ArcPress, ArcScan, Data Interoperability, Schematics, Maplex (Starting with the release of ArcGIS 10.1, the functionality of Maplex is included in the core ArcGIS for Desktop software.)
  • ArcIMS
  • ArcSDE
  • ArcInfo Workstation

Other Software

  • ArcLogistics
  • MabObjects
  • ArcPad

Data Products

  • StreetMap USA
  • ESRI Data & Maps 2000/2001/2002/2003/2004
  • ArcGlobe Global Imagery


In addition to the software downloads, the complete ArcGIS documentation set can be downloaded in PDF format from this site. A copy of all documentation for the ESRI products are is available in the library. To consult the guides and other documentation please visit the Research Data Library and Maps office on the seventh floor of the library, Room 7002.

ESRI sells manuals, guides, etc. directly to the public. The ESRI web store has a wide array of books, manuals, guides, etc. available. You may receive up to a 40% discount by stating that your are a Simon Fraser University licensed user and by providing our site license number. Our site number appears in the "readme.txt" file you read when downloading license(s).

Esri Virtual Campus Online Training

Current students, faculty, or staff of Simon Fraser University have free access to a comprehensive set of Esri Virtual Campus courses. These are self-paced courses. Users are issued a Course Access Code that expires one year from the date of registration.

To obtain Course Access Codes, please contact Julie Jones, GIS and Map Librarian at 778.782.9704 or

News And Announcements

To get the latest news from the vendor you may subscribe to the free ArcNews, ESRI quarterly magazine. You can also subscribe to the ESRI Canada magazine or electronic newsletter, ArcNorth.

To keep abreast of the latest news about ArcGIS and general GIS issues at SFU you may want to subscribe to the gis-sfu mailing list.

Software Downloads

ESRI  Site  License  Software


Setup Notes


File Size





 ARC GIS 10 For  SFU Researchers & Students Users




January 2015  NEW ArcGIS 10.3

 Note There is one License File for all products. NOTE: look in the various tabs of the excel spreadsheet for all codes.



ArcGIS  Single User License File

 License file (zipped) NEW UPDATED Jan 28 2014



ArcGIS Desktop 10.3

(Includes Arc Desktop Tutorial 10.3 and ArcReader 10.3)

 Desktop software (Apply licenses found in the License File)



Data and Maps for ArcGIS10.3




City Engine 2014.1


ArcGIS Mobile10.2

 Windows Mobile Version



ArcGis Mobile 10.2  Windows Mobile SMEUR    
ArcGIS Mobile 10.2 Windows Mobile SMNA    


For Lan administrators and server licenses contact us



ArcGIS 10 licensing instructions



 ArcPad 10.2




You will need Download both software and the License File (above)


** All other ESRI site-licensed software can be obtained from the RDL on CD / DVD media.

License Server

If you choose to install ArcGIS 9 (ArcInfo, Floating), then you must specify a license server address in order to get the software working. Use either your own license server or the library license server:

Technical Support

The vendor provides comprehensive technical support & information on the web, including:

  • Technical Notes
  • User Forums
  • Software Patches and Updates

No vendor support over the phone is available. Only persons accredited as technical contacts (see below) may call the vendor.

The following university specialists provide technical support for ESRI products:

  • Communications: Dr. Peter Anderson 291-4921
  • Earth Science: Matt Plotnikoff 291-3298
  • Geography: Christopher Au-Yeung 778-782-6651
  • Health Sciences: Darrin Grund 291-5341
  • REM: Laurence Lee 291-5777