System Requirements

Prior to installing ArcGIS software, you’ll want to confirm that your computer hardware meets the minimum system requirements.  For system recommendations, and to check your computer’s ability to run ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Pro software, see ArcGIS 10.8 System Requirements and ArcGIS Pro 2.5 System Requirements, respectively.   If you’re purchasing a new computer to use for GIS coursework or research, you may also be interested in the hardware configurations described in this ESRI Community blog.


Neither ArcGIS Desktop nor ArcGIS Pro will operate natively on an Apple Macintosh computer. To use the software on a Mac, you must be running Windows. Esri Tech Support does not officially support running ArcGIS Desktop or Pro on virtualization software like Parallels, Bootcamp, VMware Fusion, etc. While it is possible to install and use the software using virtualization software, it may not always function as well as in Windows. For additional information regarding running ArcGIS software on a Mac, see Run ArcGIS Pro in Mac OS X.

Please note that our Geography Department teaching and research labs, as well as the university computer labs (the Spidell Technology Center and Horn Center) provide computers with ArcGIS Desktop and Pro.  Please check on the current availability of these resources and COVID-19 restrictions.


In order to provide computing resources during the COVID-19 building closure, students and faculty within the Geography Department can access our PH-1 lab computers via remote desktop connection.  Similar access may also be provided by other colleges and departments on campus.  Remote access services, or Virtual Private Network (VPN), is a campus network solution allowing individuals to securely access internal networks and computers over the Internet while away from campus using encrypted tunnels to ensure data cannot be accessed without authorization.  Please see the separate link for instructions on student remote lab access.