How do I license ArcGIS?

Licensing ArcGIS Desktop and Pro

Computers in Science Hall that are connected directly to our network via a network cable are automatically licensed by the ArcGIS licensing server. This building-wide license expires annually at the end of June and is updated on the server by the IT Manager once the new license file is received from the campus licensing authority. 

Computers that are not connected directly to the Science Hall network must be licensed using a special single-use license. This license file is available to current and emeritus Geography, Nelson, and SCO faculty and staff. Grad students with a current advisor or appointment in any of the three departments are also eligible.

To request a single-use license for ArcGIS please visit

To install the single-use license file be sure that ArcGIS is closed completely. Then, follow these steps:

ArcGIS Desktop 10.5-10.8

  1. Save the license file that was emailed to you to your computer's desktop (or another location where you will be able to find it easily - you'll need to browse to this file in step 5 below).

  2. Go to the Start Menu, All Programs, ArcGIS, and then open ArcGIS Administrator.

  3. Click on the Desktop folder.
    ArcGIS Licensing Screen
  4. Select Advanced (ArcInfo) Single Use and then click on the Authorize Now... button
    ArcGIS Concurrent License
  5. In the Software Authorization Wizard select the bottom option: "I have received an authorization file from Esri and am now ready to finish the authorization process". Then click Browse and attach the file you saved in step 1. The file name may be different from the screenshot below.
    ArcGIS Desktop Licensing File Selection
  6. Click Next, then choose the top option, "Authorize with Esri now using the Internet"

  7. Leave the Authorization Information as filled and click Next.

  8. Set the three drop-down boxes as appropriate. Click Next.

  9. Click Next on the Software Authorization Number screen.

  10. Click Next on the Authorize Software Extensions screen.

  11. Click Next on the Evaluate Software Extensions screen.

  12. The wizard will now begin authorizing your software. This could take between 15 seconds and two minutes. Just be patient until it completes.

  13. Once you see the Congratulations screen you're finished! Click Finish to go back to the ArcGIS Administrator. Click OK to close it.

  14. Start ArcGIS and you're all set!

ArcGIS Pro

  1. Download the ArcGIS Pro single-use license file to your desktop.

  2. After installing ArcGIS Pro, open it to the ArcGIS Sign In screen. At the bottom, click on the Configure Licensing link at the very bottom.
    ArcGIS Pro - License Configuration Options
  3. On the Licensing screen, change the License Type to Single Use License. Make sure Advanced is highlighted, then click on the Authorize button
    ArcGIS Licensing Screen - Configure License Type
  4. Browse to the license file you received and click Next.
    ArcGIS Licensing Screen - Authorization Options
  5. Authorize with Esri now using the Internet
    ArcGIS Licensing Screen - Authorization Finished
  6. Leave the following two screens of authorization information as-is and choose from the three dropdown chioces that ebst describe your organization, your industry, and yourself. Click Next.

  7. Leave the software authorization number as-is and click Next.

  8. Leave the software extensions as-is and click Next.

  9. Wait for a few moments while the software is authorized.
    ArcGIS Licensing Screen - Authorization Finished
  10. Click Finish, then click OK to close the authorization wizard and to restart ArcGIS Pro to complete the licensing process.

KeywordsArcGIS, Pro, Desktop, 10.8, 10.7, license, esri, arc, Windows, 10, 11   Doc ID112915
OwnerTino K.GroupDept of Geography
Created2021-08-09 11:05 CDTUpdated2022-10-31 13:30 CDT
SitesDepartment of Geography
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