Migrating to ArcGIS Pro

Desktop GIS Reinvented

This 64-bit addition to the ArcGIS Desktop collection of applications lets you render and process your data faster than ever. You can design and edit in 2D and 3D, and work with multiple displays and layouts. Then publish finished web maps directly in ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise to connect with users throughout your organization or the world.

Migrating Maps and Data

Import map documents (.mxd), scenes (.sxd), and globes (.3DD) into ArcGIS Pro and save them as projects (.aprx). Projects are not backward compatible, but data used by ArcGIS Pro can be accessed by either ArcMap or ArcGIS Pro through the geodatabase for collaboration at a data level.

You can use and share services published with ArcGIS Pro via ArcMap. Also, run ArcMap side by side with ArcGIS Pro on the same machine. This means you can use both ArcGIS Pro and ArcMap to access and work with local data and online services.


ArcGIS Pro is an application that is part of the ArcGIS Desktop collection. Default licensing for ArcGIS Pro is managed via your ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise account. Single- and concurrent-use options* are also available. Take a look at complete license management instructions.

  • Included with ArcGIS Desktop
  • Creator User Type
  • Single user and concurrent user licensing available
* Concurrent-use licensing available only for existing concurrent-use license holders current on maintenance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does ArcGIS Pro replace ArcMap?

No. ArcGIS Pro is a new member of the ArcGIS Desktop family and can run side by side with your existing ArcGIS Desktop applications, such as ArcMap. ArcGIS Pro does have unique capabilities and new ways of getting work done that are not available in ArcMap such as:

·       Project-based workflows

·       Combined 3D/2D visualization

·       Task-based work automation

·       Vector tile creation

·       64-bit support

·       Multiple display and map layout support

ArcGIS Pro was built using the best aspects of ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ArcScene, and ArcGlobe, along with huge amounts of valuable input from the professional GIS community. New functionality is added to ArcGIS Pro with every release. See what's new.

Will I be able to use ArcGIS Pro with earlier versions of ArcGIS Desktop?

Yes, Esri customers current on maintenance who are using earlier versions of ArcGIS Desktop will be able to use ArcGIS Pro. If you are not current on maintenance, you will need to get back onto maintenance to access ArcGIS Pro. To get back on maintenance, contact Customer Care.

Can I get ArcGIS Pro if I don't have a license for ArcGIS Desktop?

Yes, you can use the ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise Professional User Type to access ArcGIS Pro.

Does ArcGIS Pro have multiple license levels (i.e., Basic, Standard, and Advanced)?

Yes. ArcGIS Pro is available in three versions that correspond to the ArcGIS Desktop license levels: Basic, Standard, and Advanced. More functionality is included in the progression from Basic to Standard to Advanced.

Is ArcGIS Pro included with ArcGIS for personal use?

Yes. Esri Canada has a personal-use option for full use of ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Online for a very affordable price. Visit the ArcGIS for Personal Use page to take advantage of this amazing deal.

Does Esri Canada provide training for ArcGIS Pro?

Yes. Esri Canada provides a number of training options for ArcGIS Pro. The courses are designed to help you get started and continue to be successful using this new addition to ArcGIS Desktop. Visit the Esri Canada training catalogue to find the course that fits your needs.

Free training is also available at learn.arcgis.com.

Does Esri Canada offer consulting services for ArcGIS Pro?

Yes, we can help your organization migrate to ArcGIS Pro. Learn more about our consulting services.


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