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

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  Single User License File 

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


ArcGIS for Desktop 10.5 

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

ArcGIS for Desktop

ArcGIS Desktop Background GeoProcessing 10.5


Data & Maps

Esri City Engine 2017: Windows MacOS Linux

  Esri City Engine
ArcPad 10.2  


ArcGIS Pro 2.0

You need to have an Esri ArcGIS Pro license assigned to you to activate this software. Please send an email to gis-software[at] for a license. 

ArcGIS Pro

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 set can be downloaded in PDF format. 

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 and by providing our site license number. Our site number appears in the "readme.txt" file you read when downloading license(s).

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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: Christopher Au-Yeung 778-782-6651
  • Health Sciences: Darrin Grund 778-782-5341
  • REM: Laurence Lee 778-782-5777