ArcGIS 10.3

ArcGIS 10.3



Delivery Type:


Available to:

Academic Users

Understand Your World

Beyond showing your data on a map, ArcGIS for Desktop gives you the power to manage your data, perform advanced analysis, model and automate workflows, and display your results on professional-quality maps.

"ArcGIS is already proving its value through improved operational visibility and performance awareness."

Warner De Gooijer – Cisco Systems, Inc.

Create Intelligent Visualizations

View your tabular data in new ways for insightful and informed decision making. Map and organize your data with ArcGIS for Desktop.

Transform Your Data into Actionable Information

Create, analyze, store and share information in powerful and efficient ways. The tools you create with ArcGIS for Desktop will transform raw data into productive information.

Be a Trusted Source of Relevant Information

Build mapping solutions, manage assets, allocate resources, analyze business data, and measure results. ArcGIS for Desktop helps you become the added value that your organization needs to be successful.

You Know It Is Science. Everyone Else Can Call It Secret Sauce.

You need answers derived from facts, not opinions. Test assumptions, find the facts, be results oriented, and achieve your objectives. ArcGIS for Desktop analysis is based on proven scientific methodologies.

Get the Answers that Your Organization Is Looking for

True organizational intelligence comes from looking at the big picture. ArcGIS for Desktop enables you to understand change, identify trends, make predictions and rank results.

ArcGIS 10.3

Supported platforms

Operating Systems Minimum OS Version Maximum OS Version

Windows 8.1 Basic, Professional and Enterprise (32 bit and 64 bit [EM64T])


Update: April 2014

Windows 8 Basic, Professional and Enterprise (32 bit and 64 bit [EM64T])


Windows 7 Ultimate, Professional, Enterprise and Home Premium (32 bit and 64 bit [EM64T])



Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and Datacenter (64 bit [EM64T])


Update: April 2014

Windows Server 2012 Standard and Datacenter (64 bit [EM64T])


Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, Enterprise and Datacenter (64 bit [EM64T])



Windows Server 2008 R2 with Citrix XenApp 6 and Citrix XenApp 6.5*



Windows Server 2008 Standard, Enterprise and Datacenter (32 bit and 64 bit [EM64T])



Hardware requirements

  Advanced, Basic, Standard

CPU Speed

2.2 GHz minimum ; Hyper-threading (HHT) or Multi-core recommended


Intel Pentium 4, Intel Core Duo, or Xeon Processors; SSE2 minimum

Run this Microsoft utility from your Windows command prompt to check your processor.


2 GB minimum

Display properties

24-bit color depth

Screen resolution

1024 x 768 recommended minimum at normal size (96 dpi)

Swap space

Determined by the operating system; 500 MB minimum.

Disk space

2.4 GB

In addition, up to 50 MB of disk space may be needed in the Windows System directory (typically, C:\Windows\System32). You can view the disk space requirement for each of the 10.1 components in the Setup program.

If using ArcGlobe, additional disk space may be required. ArcGlobe will create cache files when used.

Video/Graphics adaptor

64 MB RAM minimum, 256 MB RAM or higher recommended. NVIDIA, ATI, and Intel chipsets supported.

24-bit capable graphics accelerator

OpenGL version 2.0 runtime minimum is required, and Shader Model 3.0 or higher is recommended.

Be sure to use the latest available driver.

Networking Hardware

Simple TCP/IP, Network Card, or Microsoft Loopback Adapter is required for the license manager.

Software requirements

  • .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 must be installed prior to installing ArcGIS for Desktop.
  • Internet Explorer requirement:

    Microsoft Internet Explorer, minimum 7 or 8, must be installed prior to installing ArcGIS for Desktop. Internet Explorer 9, 10 and 11 are also supported.

  • Python requirement for Geoprocessing:

    ArcGIS for Desktop geoprocessing tools require that Python 2.7.x and Numerical Python 1.7.x are installed. If the ArcGIS for Desktop setup does not find either Python 2.7.x or Numerical Python (NumPy) 1.7.xinstalled on the target computer, Python 2.7.8 and Numerical Python 1.7.1 will be installed during a complete installation of ArcGIS 10.3. You can choose a Custom installation to unselect the Python feature and avoid installing it. Additionally, if the Python setup is executed during the ArcGIS for Desktop installation, you will be provided with the opportunity to choose its installation location. The Python installation location should not include spaces

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