ArcGIS downloads

Map of Devastating 2003 Heat Wave in the Netherlands Observed from MODIS Satellite. Mehdi Aminipouri (PhD Candidate in Geography at SFU)

COVID-19 update: You can virtually access ArcGIS Desktop (aka ArcMap) or ArcGIS Pro from a library lab computer.  Read Access Burnaby or Surrey Library lab computers and software from off campus for more details on how to connect. 

ArcGIS is a GIS application for visualizing, managing, creating, and analyzing geographic data. ArcGIS geographically contextualizes data for the identification and analysis of patterns and relationships. Esri (Environmental Systems Research Institute) is the company that produces ArcGIS.

System requirements

ArcGIS Desktop only runs on the Windows operating system. PC users, see ArcGIS Desktop system requirements. Mac users, please see Macintosh & iOS Support, which details some options for running Windows on your machine. 

Usage restrictions

SFU has an Esri Education Site License. Students, staff, and researchers may download Esri software for use on home computers and laptop computers for use in SFU classroom and research purposes only

Questions and assistance

If you have questions about the installation process, please send an email to gis-software[at]

ArcGIS downloads 



Setup Notes


ArcGIS Desktop 10.7-10.8.1 Single User License File 
**Updated 2020-01-09, valid until 2022-01-29** 

The License File contains License Codes for all Esri ArcGIS software and extensions. You must download this along with the software you require.

Current users, to update your software for 2020-2021, please be sure to consult these step by step license renewal instructions.


ArcGIS Desktop 10.8.1

**Updated 2020-09-16** 

Desktop software. Apply the license codes found in the ArcGIS Single User License File (download link is in row above). Please be sure to consult these step-by-step installation instructions (current as of mid-2019; software may change over time). 

ArcGIS for Desktop

ArcGIS Desktop Background GeoProcessing

**Updated 2020-09-16** 


Data & Maps

Esri City Engine 2017: Windows MacOS Linux

CityEngine Single User License File

**Updated 2020-03-11, valid indefinitely ** 

  Esri City Engine
ArcPad 10.2  


ArcGIS Pro Single User License File 
**Updated 2020-12-15, valid until 2022-12-30** 

The License File contains License Codes Esri ArcGIS Pro software and extensions. You must download this along with ArcGIS Pro.

To authenticate this license file for ArcGIS Pro:  

1. Download the license file and start ArcGIS Pro;

2. On the ArcGIS Pro start page, in the lower left corner, click Settings (the gear icon), click Licensing. Alternatively, if you have a project open, click the Project tab on the ribbon. click Licensing, then "Configure your licensing options ...";

3. On the Licensing dialog box, click the License Type drop-down menu and click Single Use License;

4. The Advanced license level will be selected. Leave this as the default and click "Authorize to open the Software Authorization Wizard" dialog box;

5. Click the option "I have received an authorization file and am now ready to finish the authorization process," click "Browse", and browse to the location of the .prvc file;

6. Follow remaining prompts. 


ArcGIS Pro 2.4.3

ArcGIS Pro 2.7.2 (testing)


Desktop software. Apply the license codes found in the ArcGIS Pro Single User License File (download link is in row above). ArcGIS Pro
ArcGIS Pro Crime Analysis Plugin ArcGIS Pro plugin  

ArcGIS extensions

There are a host of extensions that increase the functionality of ArcGIS for Desktop: Spatial Analyst, 3D Analyst, Geostatistical Analyst, Network Analyst, Schematics, Tracking Analyst, Publisher, Data Interoperability, Data Reviewer Workflow Manager, Esri Production Mapping.

The extensions are included in the standard software installation files: 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.

ArcGIS licensing options

Standalone (Single-Use)

Standalone is the standard form of software licensing. 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. 

Floating (Network)

Floating requires a license server on the network. Currently SFU Library and the 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 its address when installing the application, or at any time by running the Desktop Administrator application. Use either your own license server or the library license server:

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 at for more information on how to acquire a hardware key.


ArcGIS for Desktop Documentation

The Esri web store has a wide array of books, manuals, guides, etc. available for sale. You may receive up to a 40% discount by stating that your are a Simon Fraser University licensed user.

Visit ArcNews Online for the latest news from ESRI.

Technical support

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

  • technical notes
  • user forums
  • software patches and updates.

The following individuals provide technical support for Esri products in these departments:

  • Communications: Dr. Peter Anderson 778-782-4921
  • Earth Science: Matt Plotnikoff 778-782-3298
  • Geography: Justin Song,
  • Health Sciences:
  • REM: Laurence Lee 778-782-5777