ArcGIS Software & License Request Form

Please fill out this form prior to downloading software. This helps us expand and improve our service to the campus GIS community and is only used for that purpose. Personal information here is not shared.

You will be sent an e-mail with a Google Drive link which requires a U-Mass IT account ( to log in: please log out of any other Google accounts or switch to your U-Mass Amherst Google account before accessing the folder.  Requests for access from e-mails other than will not be honored. Software, optional add-ons, and license files will be arranged by folder. For ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap), be sure to also download the license file with the *.prvc extension— you will need it in order to use the software.

The latest versions of each app and optional add-ons are in each folder. Older versions of ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) are also located in ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) Older Versions... Folder.

If you need to download Business Analyst Data in addition to the data license files in the Google Drive Above, please e-mail and he can send you an individual download link (the files are several GB in size).

Backwards Compatibility:

We always recommend using the latest version of ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) or ArcGIS Pro, however, map documents may not be backwards-compatible with earlier versions in labs and classrooms: when saving your project, use relative pathnames and be sure to choose File > Save a Copy and choose an older version if you plan on working on the same project on another computer.

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We ask this to help make the case to ESRI to make ArcGIS cross platform and not Windows-only, plus to see how we can better make GIS accessible to everyone on campus. If you don't have a computer that can run ArcGIS, no worries! You're not alone: many people don't, and we're here to help. Visit the UMass Amherst GIS Hub (link on main license page) for resources on campus to help get you access to a computer that can.
This license of ArcGIS is for educational and research purposes related to UMass Amherst only, or for partnerships with an organization where the resulting data and/or maps will be publicly available and are for the public good, with caveats. While we don't want to restrict how people use software, being an educational license you can't use it for commercial purposes: in other words, using it ot make money for yourself or someone else. For that, you have to buy your own personal license direct from ESRI or use an alternative GIS software such as QGIS. Examples of work that's considered commercial use and not allowed under our educational license are 1.) Paid GIS consulting. 2.) An internship or partnership, paid or not, with an organization, town, non-profit, etc. that asks you to use your UMass GIS license and/or software to do work that's a normal course of their business. 3.) Any project or work, paid or not, for a non-UMass entity that is for their internal use, such as a religious or volunteer organization. 4.) Any fundraising for or on behalf of a public or private organization or political candidate or organization, including UMass itself. These are just examples and an incomplete list. If you have any questions about this, a project, or internship you're doing, please don't hesitate to reach out to Joe Kopera ( Do you agree to only use this software license for educational or research purposes and not commercial purposes?
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