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Geoprocessing options

Geoprocessing Options provide settings related to the geoprocessing tools, models, and scripts that you run in ArcGIS Pro.

Allow geoprocessing tools to overwrite existing datasets

This option controls whether geoprocessing tools can overwrite any existing data, layers, or files when run. When it is checked (default), a warning is displayed for any output parameter referencing existing data, but the tool can execute and overwrite the output dataset. When it is not checked, an error is displayed, preventing you from executing the tool and overwriting the existing data.

Analyze script and model tools for ArcGIS Pro compatibility

This option controls whether script and model tools are run through a compatibility-checking routine. When it is checked (the default is unchecked), model and script tools will be checked for compatibility with ArcGIS Pro to ensure the tool can run successfully. If the model or script tool contains reference to a data format or tool that is no longer supported, an error message will return immediately after running the tool.

You can use the Analyze Tools For Pro geoprocessing tool to manually perform the same compatibility check.

Learn more about geoprocessing tools that are not supported in ArcGIS Pro

Script editor

The Script Editor determines which application or Python IDE (Integrated Development Environment) is used to edit Python script tools or Python toolboxes. When you right-click a script tool or Python toolbox and select Edit, this application will open.


The Script Editor is not used for debugging script tools, only for editing the script tool source file. Learn more about debugging script tools.


Write geoprocessing operations to XML log file

This option controls whether information about all the geoprocessing tools you run is written to an external log file. The log file is an .xml document stored in the location %APPDATA%\ESRI\ArcGISPro\ArcToolbox\History.

Write geoprocessing operations to dataset metadata

This option controls if when you run geoprocessing tools, input and output dataset metadata is updated to include the tool name, parameters, when the tool was run, and other information.


The Geoprocessing History section of dataset metadata can be viewed in the FGDC metadata style.

ModelBuilder Options

Do not show warning when overwriting model from previous version

When you edit a model created in a different ArcGIS Desktop application within ArcGIS Pro, the model is upgraded automatically to a Pro version when you save the model. In this scenario a warning message is displayed which allows you to continue overwriting the model or cancel. This option allows you to disable the warning message.

Learn more about ModelBuilder compatibility and saving in ArcGIS Pro

R-ArcGIS Support

These options give you the ability to easily install the R-ArcGIS bridge, check or update your current installation, or switch working R directories. Click the information icon Information to go to the R-ArcGIS bridge help site where you can learn more.

Detected R home directories

After you have installed R, you can select the installation or home directory of R that you wish to use to execute your R script tools. You can select from a list of detected home directories, or browse to select a location on disk.

arcgisbinding package

If you have selected a valid R home directory, this option checks for the presence of the R-ArcGIS integration package, arcgisbinding, within the home directory.

  • If it is found, you can check for updates, download the latest version, and update from a file.
  • If it is not found you are presented with a warning and options to automatically download and install the package, or separately download or install the package.