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ESRI: ArcGIS Desktop Software for Off-Campus Use

ESRI ArcGIS Desktop - Arc Map and ArcPro software

ArcGIS is a full-featured GIS software for visualizing, managing, creating, and analyzing geographic data. Using ArcGIS, you can understand the geographic context of your data, allowing you to see relationships and identify patterns in new ways.

Esri offers two different Desktop software: ArcGIS Pro and ArcMap. Both software can run simultaneously on one Windows machine and registered members of Trent can request both software to complete Trent research and course work.  Commercial use, redistribution, transfer, resale, donation, or exchange of software are expressly prohibited.

Unsure whether to use ArcGIS Pro or ArcMap? Please ask your course instructor which software will be taught in class. Both ArcGIS Pro and ArcMap are excellent software. ArcGIS Pro will eventually replace ArcMap and is a good choice if both options are open.

Software Systems Requirements

Both ArcGIS Pro and ArcMap require a Windows operating system. Systems requirements for Windows computers should be reviewed before installing either software.

ArcGIS Pro Systems Requirements

ArcMap Systems Requirements

Installing Windows On a Mac

Esri forums provide information on installing ArcGIS and Windows on a Mac. Students wishing to install Windows operating system on their Mac must do so independently. Trent University Library does not perform or support these installations.

To Obtain a Copy of ArcGIS Pro Software 

ArcGIS Pro is authorized by a Named User account.  To receive a Trent Esri Enterprise (Named User) Account for ArcGIS Pro, please complete the form found at:

My Trent > Services >MaDGIC: Maps, Data & Government Information Centre > Esri Enterprise (AOL, ArcGIS Pro, and Training) Account Request Form

On receipt of a completed form, we will supply you with an Enterprise Account and instructions for accessing and installing software.  

Accounts are valid for the duration of an academic year and can be extended as required while registered with Trent University. 

To Obtain a Copy of ArcGIS ArcMap Software

ArcMap is authorized through a unique "EVA" registration code. The license is valid for one year (365 days), which starts upon registration of the Education Edition software. The license will authorize one copy of ArcMap software and can only be installed on one computer. If during the 365 days you need to reformat or upgrade your machine, you must de-authorize the license BEFORE removing ArcGIS for Desktop software or activating another machine. 

To receive a registration code for ArcMap, please complete and return the form found at: 

My Trent > Services> MaDGIC: Maps, Data & Government Information Centre > ArcGIS for Desktop (ArcMap) Request Form

On receipt of your form, we will reply to your Trent email supplying an EVA registration code. Follow the instructions linked below to proceed with software installation. 

Instructions for download, installing and authorizing ArcGIS for Desktop ArcMap software. 

Response Time and Further Assistance

Requests for software are normally processed within 1 to 2 business days, after receiving completed forms.  Responses will be sent by email from MaDGIC supplying a unique access code and instructions on how to install and authorize software.

Further Assistance during COVID-19 campus building closures: MaDGIC staff are working from home, and are ready to assist you! We are monitoring our email questions tracker Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Contact us by email if you require more information or assistance with software requests. 

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