Current WashU students, faculty and staff may obtain a fully functional copy of the ArcGIS Desktop software. This application is a popular Geographic Information System and enables map creation, spatial data creation and management, and spatial analysis. Check this page to see if your computer meets the minimum system requirements to run the software. Users with active WUSTL Key credentials can follow the steps below to download and install the software:
The license will expire on the same schedule as our WU ESRI Site License. You will receive warning notices when you open ArcMap (or other ArcGIS application) beginning several weeks prior to the expiration date. We will post instructions on this page so that you may renew when new licenses are available.
These steps will guide you through the process of installing ArcGIS software on a WU networked computer. This is appropriate for lab-based systems, teaching labs, or other desktop systems that will always be connected to the WU network for license authentication via our License Server. Laptops or desktop systems that will be 'offline', away from the WU network, will need to authenticate using a 'single-use' license (see this page for those instructions).
The application will automatically authenticate when a user starts the program. Our license server is usually updated with a renewed license in mid-August. Your system should not require any attention to update the license.
You've just downloaded and installed ArcGIS and now when you try to open the program you see this error...
Could not connect to an ArcGIS license manager running on host "Not_Set"
This error will occur if ArcGIS Desktop is not able to connect to a valid authentication server. If you are installing the ArcGIS Student Evaluation Edition, you may have selected the wrong product during setup. Open the ArcGIS Administrator program (Start > ArcGIS > ArcGIS Administrator), the window below will appear...
In the ArcGIS Administrator tool, follow these steps:
ArcGIS software is not released in a version compatible with the MacOS. However, many users successfully run ArcGIS on their Macs using either BootCamp or a virtual machine environment such as the open source application Virtual Box, or commercial VM systems such as Parallels, or VMware. In all of these cases, the user will need to obtain a copy of Windows 7 (or higher) to install on their Mac. These pages include more details on this issue: