This page features several tabs that will guide you through the process of downloading, installing, and licensing a personal copy of the applications listed here. You must be a current student, faculty, or staff member of Washington University and have valid WUSTL Key credentials in order to access the install files.
When you are directed to the Download folder, make sure you select the correct files to match the instructions you are following.
GIS and other applications are available in the Research Studio on Level A of Olin Library. See the Research Studio guide for more information.
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 that enables map creation, spatial data creation and management, and spatial analysis. Most of the GIS courses taught at WashU currently use the ArcGIS Desktop platform...if you are installing this application to use for a specific class; check with your instructor to make sure you install the correct version. Check this page to see if your computer meets the minimum system requirements to run ArcGIS Desktop. 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.
Current WashU students, faculty and staff may obtain a fully functional copy of the ArcGIS Pro software. This application enables map creation, spatial data creation and management, and spatial analysis. Most of the courses taught at WashU currently use the ArcGIS Desktop platform...if you are installing ArcGIS to use for a specific class; check with your instructor to make sure you install the correct version. Check this page to see if your computer meets the minimum system requirements to run ArcGIS Pro. Users with active WUSTL Key credentials can follow the steps below to download and install the software:
ArcGIS Online is a cloud based suite of GIS tools that run in your browser and facilitate web map creation and publishing. Washington University students, faculty, and staff may use their active WUSTL Key credentials to open an account in the WU AGOL Organization in order to create and share interactive online maps; the account will also give you access to many ESRI training resources. Keep in mind, certain functions on the AGOL platform consume 'credits' and your account will initially be assigned a limited credit budget. If you attempt an operation that requires more credits than you currently have, you will receive an error. Contact Data Services to describe your needs and discuss options to resolve the issue.
To set up your account
Open a browser window to wustl.maps.arcgis.com
At the Enterprise Login prompt, click on Washington University
If you are prompted for the URL, enter "wustl" and click Continue
Enter your WUSTL Key Credentials in the familiar prompt
You now have an account in the WashU ArcGIS AGOL Organization and should now see the AGOL Home screen (see below). Please take a moment to open your profile (click the 'person' icon at the upper right) and fill in:
Please use the "Bio" section to add:
Your Status: Student, Faculty, Staff, other
WU department or affiliation
To get started with ArcGIS Online
See this page for tutorials and links to online training content. To work with Storymaps, use the App Launcher icon (grid pattern of squares in the upper right of the AGOL window) to access that application or visit storymaps.arcgis.com and "Sign In" with your WUSTL Key if prompted.
GIS software can be installed at no cost in WashU computing labs and on any other university computers. Labs that are open to general student usage, should install both the ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Pro applications since users may have different needs. For lab-based systems, teaching labs, or other desktop systems that will always be connected to the WU network license authentication will be handled by our License Server. Laptops or desktop systems that will be 'offline', (i.e. away from the WU network) will need to authenticate using a 'single-use' license (see this page for those instructions). The following steps will guide you through the process of installing both ArcGIS Desktop (step 2) and ArcGIS Pro (step 3) applications on a WU networked computer. Contact Data Services if you experience any problems.
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:
QGIS runs on multiple platforms: Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Unix and Android. To install QGIS, you need to download the installer for your operating system from the QGIS website. The installer includes QGIS and a number of associated packages and libraries. To see what libraries and packages are installed with your version of QGIS, please check the terms of license prompt before you install. You can save a copy of the terms of license as well. You should download the latest release or the long term release based on personal preference; the latest release has more rich features, but the long term release is the most stable.
For Windows, you will have the option of using the OSGeo4W network installer or downloading the QGIS standalone installer. Most versions of Windows are 64-bit, so it is recommended to install the 64-bit installer. You can check your version of Windows by typing "system information" in the Windows search box and clicking on the system information icon or by opening File Explorer and right-clicking on This PC > Properties. Under System Type, you will see the version of Windows.
OSGeo4W is a binary distribution of open source GIS software. Using the OSGeo4W Network Installer allows you to install either the binary or source code version of QGIS along with other open source tools and their dependencies. Using this is recommended if you want to install older versions of QGIS on Windows 8 or 10.
You will then be prompted to choose a download site. Choose any site based on your preference.
At the next window, keep everything checked. You will want to install QGIS, GDAL, and GRASS GIS. After that, QGIS will begin to download. You will be prompted to agree with the terms of Non-Open Source License Agreements several times for the packages you are installing. Read the license agreement and click "I agreed with above license terms".
Click Next. QGIS and related packages will begin to download. it might take some time to install QGIS and its associated packages this way.
You will get a prompt that installation was successful after installation is completed.
Note: These installation instructions are for QGIS 3.12. Some of the prompts you see might be different for later versions.
1. In your Downloads folder, click on the QGIS Installer. You will be prompted if you want to allow this app to make changes to your device. Click Yes.
2. This will prompt the Setup Wizard. Click Next.
3. Read the License Agreement and if you agree, click I Agree.
4. Choose an Install location. It is recommended that you keep the default location.
5. Choose the components you want to install and click Install. This might take a while.
6. Chose whether you want to reboot now or manually reboot later and then click Finish.
For Mac, you will need to download the QGIS macOS Installer then click on the installer in Downloads folder on your dock. The filename should be qgis-macos-pr.dmg or something similar. You will be prompted to move QGIS to your Applications folder.
Drag the QGIS icon to your Applications folder and QGIS will be copied to the Applications folder. Click on QGIS either from the Launchpad or go to Finder > Applications. You might not be able to start QGIS due to security reasons and might get this message:
Please refer to this article on how to safely open apps on your Mac.