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ArcMap Transition FAQ

Esri has announced that ArcMap version 10.8.2 is the final update for the ArcMap software package. OIT is recommending that ArcMap users transition to ArcGIS Pro at this time. Esri has informed OIT that the ArcMap software will only be available by special request starting in May 28, 2023, and will be unavailable for distribution after in February of 2024.

What to do before May 2023:

  • Migrate any existing ArcMap geodatabases to ArcGIS Pro
  • Save a final version of any maps, scenes, and globes in ArcMap, and open them into ArcGIS Pro to check feature compatibility
  • Convert ArcMap Styles to ArcGIS Pro styles.
  • Update any ArcMap Python 2 scripts to be ArcGIS Pro compatible using Python 3.
  • Export backup copies of existing ArcMap maps to PDF, SVG, EPS, or other file formats

If you would like to meet with a Research Computing Support consultant to discuss the best way to transition to ArcGIS Pro, please contact OIT at 865-974-9900 or submit an online request to the OIT Helpdesk.

Yes.  Please click the link below to download a copy. Also, the Esri ArcMap migration website contains lesson plans and other tutorials to help get started in your migration.

Additional helpful resources and other helpful ArcGIS Pro resources which can be helpful during the transition can be found here.

ArcMap will be available via the OIT software download site until May 2023.

From May 2023 until March of 2024, limited copies of ArcMap may be available by special request.

Although official Esri ArcMap product lifecycle page indicates the product will be supported until 2026, Esri has elected to limit university copies after May of 2023.

This link provides information on how to import an ArcMap information into ArcGIS Pro.

ArcGIS Desktop is a suite of five applications: ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ArcScene, ArcGlobe, and ArcGIS Pro. The first four are designed to work together, while ArcGIS Pro is designed to work independently and is equivalent in functionality to the other four combined. ArcGIS Desktop also includes a subscription to ArcGIS Online.

Yes. You can import map documents (.mxd) and map packages (.mpk) into ArcGIS Pro. You can also import scene (.sxd) and globe (.3DD) documents. The same file geodatabase and shapefile datasets can be used by both applications.

When you import a map document (.mxd), each data frame becomes a separate map in your ArcGIS Pro project; however, only one of the maps opens. You can open the other maps from the Catalog pane.

Note: The layout from your map document is also imported. If the map document was saved in Layout View in ArcMap, ArcGIS Pro will open with a layout view instead of a map view. You can open the imported map or maps from the Catalog pane.

Yes. You cannot export a map from ArcGIS Pro as a map document (.mxd). However, after you share an ArcGIS Pro map as a web map, you can open it in ArcMap:

  1. In a new ArcMap document, click the File menu and click ArcGIS Online.
  2. In the ArcGIS Online window, sign in with your ArcGIS account credentials.
  3. Search ArcGIS Online or browse a category such as My Maps and Data.
  4. Click a web map to select it and click Open.

Note: Alternatively, you can sign into ArcGIS Online through a web browser, search for a web map, and open its item page. On the item page, click Open in ArcGIS Desktop > Open in ArcMap. Double-click the downloaded item.pkinfo file.

Yes. You can install and use the applications on the same computer. You can also have them open at the same time.

No. ArcGIS Pro projects can be opened only in ArcGIS Pro.

Yes, in most cases. ArcGIS Pro uses Python 3.x; other ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Server applications use Python 2.x. In spite of differences between these two Python versions, many geoprocessing scripts can be used without modification in either ArcMap or ArcGIS Pro. In some cases, it is necessary to migrate Python scripts to ArcGIS Pro. Use the Analyze Tools For Pro geoprocessing tool to analyze a script or toolbox for necessary changes.

The geoprocessing tool Analyze Tools For Pro can highlight areas of code where changes must be made, and the Python 2to3 utility can automate much of the process. Please see the Python migration page for additional details.

Yes. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to the second to last entry to see how this can be performed.

LinkedIn Learning has a series of workshops to help get you started with ArcGIS Pro. The ArcGIS Pro Training Essentials workshop is a great place to start.