ArcGIS Desktop
For Students, Faculty, Staff, Grad Students, TSPs

PLEASE NOTE: ArcGIS Desktop is being retired in 2025, and the main client will transition to ArcGIS Pro. Pro will include the functionality of Desktop along with additional up-to-date features. We would recommend utilizing Pro and transitioning in 2024 for the best experience. 

Further licenses will not be generally available for ArcGIS Desktop in 2025; please reach out to software@lsu.edu if there are any issues with the transition.

For general questions or help with the transition, please see the resources provided by Esri at: ArcMap Continued Support

You can access ArcGIS Pro downloads on Tigerware here:  ArcGIS Pro on Tigerware


ArcGIS is a system that lets you easily author data, maps, globes, and models on the desktop and serve them out for use on a desktop, in a browser, or in the field via mobile devices, depending on the needs of your organization. Desktop GIS enables advanced spatial analysis, model operational processes, and visualize results on professional-quality maps.

This application allows for offline use of ArcGIS. If you are looking for ArcGIS Pro, please see the following link to sign in via myLSU and download Pro apps: https://grok.lsu.edu/article.aspx?articleid=20412

For additional info, please see Esri ArcGIS: LSU Overview


ArcGIS Pro Windows
ArcGIS Pro
For Everybody

ArcGIS Pro is the latest professional desktop GIS from Esri. With ArcGIS Pro, you can view, explore, analyze, edit, and share your maps and data. An ArcGIS Pro project can contain many maps and layouts as well as tables, charts, and other items.

ArcGIS Pro is available offline via this offering, however it is also available through online apps within the browser at https://lsu-its.maps.arcgis.com.

For instructions on how to sign in and access ArcGIS Pro, please see the following article: https://software.grok.lsu.edu/article.aspx?articleid=20412


ArcGIS Desktop is still available, however it will receive no further version updates from Esri and is being replaced with the offering on this page. It will remain available to use on an as-is basis. If you are still in need of ArcGIS Desktop 10.8 and older, please see the following link: ArcGIS Desktop

ArcGIS Server Windows, Linux
ArcGIS Server
For Staff, Grad Students, TSPs

ArcGIS is a system that lets you easily author data, maps, globes, and models on the desktop and serve them out for use on a desktop, in a browser, or in the field via mobile devices, depending on the needs of your organization. Server GIS gives you the ability to create, manage, and distribute GIS services over the Web to support desktop, mobile and Web mapping applications.

Please make sure you are using 10.9.1 when possible due to new vulnerabilities in older versions.


ArcPad Windows
For Select Individuals and Groups

ArcPad is designed for GIS professionals who require GIS capabilities in the field. It gives field-based personnel the ability to capture, edit, analyze, and display geographic information easily and efficiently.

ArcReader Windows
For Select Individuals and Groups

ArcReader is a free, easy-to-use desktop mapping application that allows users to view, explore, and print maps and globes. Anyone with ArcReader can view high-quality interactive maps authored by a high-level ArcGIS for Desktop product and published with the ArcGIS Publisher extension.

With ArcReader, you can

  • View, navigate, and print published ArcGIS maps using ArcReader (.pmf files).
  • Deploy your GIS data to novices and professionals alike.
  • Zoom, pan, and switch between map and page layout views
  • Communicate more efficiently with the ability to graphically mark up maps.
  • Print published map and globe documents, including all layer symbology and cartographic map elements on any supported printer.
  • Create custom ArcReader applications.
  • Embed ArcReader capabilities into existing applications.
ESRI Business Analyst Desktop
For Faculty, Staff

Esri Business Analyst Desktop software combines GIS analysis and visualization capabilities with an extensive data package so you can gain a better understanding and timely information about your market, your customers, and your competition. Organizations use Business Analyst Desktop to improve decisions about consolidations or expansions, determine the effect of changes in consumer behavior on existing business models, and to explore opportunities driven by economic factors and changes in market place.