ArcGIS Pro is part of ArcGIS Desktop and cannot be purchased separately. An ArcGIS Desktop license includes the following desktop applications: ArcGIS Pro, ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ArcScene, and ArcGlobe.
An ArcGIS Desktop license also includes user privileges in an ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise (Portal for ArcGIS) organization. It further includes maintenance benefits such as software updates and technical support. It does not include extension products such as Spatial Analyst or 3D Analyst. Extension products are purchased separately. An ArcGIS Desktop license is sometimes called a core product license to distinguish it from extension product licenses.
Two important components of an ArcGIS Desktop license are the license level and the license type.
The license level determines the available functionality of the ArcGIS Desktop applications. The three license levels are
You choose the license level for your ArcGIS Desktop license at the time of purchase. The same license level applies to each of the desktop applications. In other words, an ArcGIS Desktop Advanced license includes ArcGIS Pro Advanced, ArcMap Advanced, ArcCatalog Advanced, ArcScene Advanced, and ArcGlobe Advanced.
If you purchase multiple licenses, you can choose any combination of Advanced, Standard, and Basic license levels that you want.
A Standard license level has all the functionality of a Basic license level, plus additional tools and capabilities. An Advanced license level has all the functionality of a Standard license level, plus additional tools and capabilities. The functionality of each license level is summarized in ArcGIS Pro license levels.
The license type is the technology model for authorizing and managing ArcGIS Desktop licenses. The three license types are
- Single Use—Allows one user to install and use ArcGIS Desktop applications on one computer.
- Concurrent Use—Allows ArcGIS Desktop applications to be installed on any number of computers. Concurrent use of the applications by multiple users is managed through a license manager application on a network computer.
- Named User—Available only for ArcGIS Pro, not for other ArcGIS Desktop applications. A Named User license is assigned by an ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise (Portal for ArcGIS) administrator to a member of their organization. The member then has credentials to use ArcGIS Pro on any machine where the application is installed.
You choose the license type for each ArcGIS Desktop license that you purchase.
The default license type for ArcGIS Pro is Named User. Other ArcGIS Desktop applications cannot use this license type; they can use only the Concurrent Use or Single Use types. Therefore, when you purchase an ArcGIS Desktop license, you choose the Concurrent Use or Single Use license type. Regardless of your choice, ArcGIS Pro will use the Named User license type by default. You can convert your ArcGIS Pro Named User licenses to Concurrent or Single Use licenses if you want.
If you have an ArcGIS Trial, ArcGIS Pro can use only the Named User license type.