Product Information 

  • About: ESRI software is a Geographic Information System (GIS). A GIS is a computer-based mapping tool that takes information from a database about location and turns it into visual layers. ArcGIS includes a suite of integrated applications: ArcMap, ArcCatalog and ArcToolbox. These three applications allow users to perform any GIS task, simple to advanced, including mapping, data management, geographic analysis, data editing and geoprocessing.
  • Current Version: ArcGIS Desktop 10.8.1, ArcGIS Student Timeout Edition
  • Availability:  U of G has a site license for ESRI GIS software, which allows faculty and staff to install and use ESRI software on their own computers or in on-campus teaching labs. This site license also allows the U of G community free access to online courses at ESRI Virtual Campus.  Please see available offerings on the CCS Software Distribution Site.
  • Eligibility: If you are a faculty, staff or graduate student at the University of Guelph, you may obtain a site-licensed copy of ESRI software for use in learning,  teaching  and research. However, it may only be used while you are employed, or a registered graduate student, at the University of Guelph. For general licensing information or to obtain a copy, go to the CCS Software Distribution Site.
  • Supported Platforms: Windows
  • License Information: ArcGIS Desktop activates against a campus licensing server, you must be connected to the internet to activate your software.


ArcGIS Desktop 10.8.1 system requirements

ArcGIS 10.8.1 Quick Start Guide and Installation Instructions

Installation Instruction for ArcGIS Student Timeout Edition


ArcGIS Courses are available on LinkedIn Learning

CCS and McLaughlin Library offer a GIS Service based out of the Data Resource Centre in the Library. The GIS Service includes access to and support for ESRI GIS software, GIS data analysis support, and a growing geospatial data collection.

Additional Resources