ArcGIS Pro 2.6 system requirements

Before installing or upgrading ArcGIS Pro on a virtual or physical machine, make sure your system meets the minimum requirements to run it. Also, learn what resources are recommended to get the best performance.

Supported operating systems

ArcGIS Pro is supported on the Microsoft Windows operating systems listed below, given the operating system is also currently supported by its provider for general or public use. Prior and future updates or service packs on these operating system versions are supported unless otherwise stated.

Operating systemLatest update or service pack tested

Windows 11 Home, Pro, and Enterprise (64 bit)

November 2021 update

Windows 10 Home, Pro, and Enterprise (64 bit)

June 2020 update

Windows 8.1 Pro and Enterprise (64 bit)

June 2020 update

Windows Server 2019 Standard and Datacenter (64 bit)

June 2020 update

Windows Server 2016 Standard and Datacenter (64 bit)

June 2020 update

Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and Datacenter (64 bit)

June 2020 update

Windows Server 2012 Standard and Datacenter (64 bit)

June 2020 update


The Desktop Experience option is required on all versions of Windows Server.

Hardware requirements

ItemSupported and recommended

CPU speed

Minimum: 2 cores, hyperthreaded*

Recommended: 4 cores

Optimal: 10 cores


x64 with SSE2 extensions


Minimum: 4 GB

Recommended: 8 GB

Optimal: 16 GB or more

Display properties

24-bit color depth

Also see Video and graphics adapter requirements below.

Screen resolution

1024x768 or higher at normal size

Visualization cache

The temporary visualization cache for ArcGIS Pro can consume up to 32 GB of space, if available, in the user-selected location. By default, the visualization cache is written to the user profile.**


Minimum: 32 GB of free space

Recommended: 32 GB or more of free space on a solid-state drive (SSD)

*Hyperthreaded CPUs typically feature two threads per core. A hyperthreaded 2-core CPU will have four threads available for processing, while a hyperthreaded 6-core CPU will have 12 threads available for processing.

**The cache is written by default to the user profile’s \Local subfolder, so it does not roam with the user profile if roaming profiles are enabled by your system administrator.

Video and graphics adapter requirements

Refer to the video and graphics adapter requirements below for information on how to achieve the best graphics performance.


Be sure to use the latest available driver.

ItemSupported and recommended


Minimum: DirectX 11, feature level 11.0, Shader Model 5.0

Recommended: DirectX 11, feature level 11.0, Shader Model 5.0


Minimum: OpenGL 4.3 with the ARB_clip_control and EXT_texture_compression_s3tc extensions

Recommended: OpenGL 4.5 with the ARB_clip_control, ARB_shader_draw_parameters, EXT_swap_control, EXT_texture_compression_s3tc, and EXT_texture_filter_anisotropic extensions

Dedicated (not shared) graphics memory**

Recommended: 4 GB or more

*ArcGIS Pro will automatically use OpenGL if DirectX requirements are not met. You can manually change to OpenGL if you suspect an issue with your driver.

**If you're using a notebook computer with an integrated GPU, consider increasing the system RAM to compensate for the usage of shared memory.

Software requirements

The following software must be installed before installing ArcGIS Pro:


.NET Framework

Microsoft .NET Framework 4.8 or later

Three license types are available for ArcGIS Pro 2.6. Depending on the type you use, you may need additional software or access to ArcGIS Online.

  • Named User licenseArcGIS Pro is licensed through an organizational account on ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise. If the license is through ArcGIS Online (the default option), licensing software is not required because ArcGIS Online is a cloud-based service provided by Esri.

    If the license is through ArcGIS Enterprise, you must install one of the versions indicated in the table below, along with a corresponding supported version of ArcGIS License Manager.

    ArcGIS EnterpriseArcGIS License Manager













  • Concurrent Use licenseArcGIS License Manager 2020.0 or later is required to manage ArcGIS Pro 2.6 licenses.
  • Single Use license—No additional software is required for licensing.

SDK requirements

The minimum requirements to create add-ins using the ArcGIS Pro SDK for .NET are described in the SDK GitHub repository.


ArcGIS Pro is supported in various on-premises and cloud environments as shown in the four tables below.

In all environments, a GPU that is compatible with your virtualization platform is recommended for the best user experience.


The Virtualization section of the help provides additional information about setting up virtualization environments for ArcGIS Pro.

On-premises virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)Notes

Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR CU

Use the latest Citrix and NVIDIA drivers. Refer to the Citrix and NVIDIA GRID websites for the most current driver versions.

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop 7 1912 LTSR

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2

Microsoft VDI certified with RemoteFX vGPU Windows Device Driver Model (WDDM) 1.2.

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2019

Use Discrete Device Assignment (DDA) to pass through the GPU.

VMware vSphere 6.5

Use VMware Horizon View 7.x and later only.

Use the latest VMware and NVIDIA drivers. Refer to the VMware and NVIDIA GRID websites for the most current driver versions.

VMware vSphere 6.7

On-premises application streaming and virtualizationNotes

Citrix XenApp 7.15 LTSR CU

Windows Server 2016

Citrix Virtual Apps and Virtual Desktops 7 1912 LTSR

Windows Server 2016


  • ArcGIS Pro with Citrix XenApp is strongly discouraged because of poor Windows OS session assignment and management of GPU memory.
  • If using App Layering to add ArcGIS Pro to Citrix XenDesktop or XenApp, the application may fail to start due to insufficient permission to the Flexnet Licensing Service. To prevent a failure, run a command line installation of the Flexnet Licensing Service with the parameter, MODIFYFLEXDACL=TRUE. Example: msiexec /I "C:\Program Files\ArcGIS\Pro\Resources\ArcGIS Licensing Service\ArcGISLS.msi" MODIFYFLEXDACL=TRUE
  • ArcGIS Pro provides a nominal level of functionality and performance in the following environments:

    • Microsoft App-V
    • VMware App Volumes

Cloud infrastructureNotes

Amazon WorkSpaces Graphics Bundle

Azure Nx-Series VMs

NV6 is recommended because it includes one GPU, and ArcGIS Pro currently doesn't need more than one GPU. Windows 10 client RDP is adequate for most workloads; Teradici technology may be helpful for demanding workloads.


When using ArcGIS Spatial Analyst tools or machine learning capabilities that leverage GPU, more than one GPU may be helpful to support visualization and computation. Consider this option if running Spatial Analyst tools or machine learning capabilities and the display becomes jerky. Here are the current lists of Spatial Analyst tools and machine learning capabilities that use the GPU for computation.

Cloud application streaming and virtualizationNotes

Amazon AppStream

Citrix XenApp

For use on Microsoft Azure

System requirements for recent versions of ArcGIS Pro

System requirements for ArcGIS Pro versions that are retired are eventually removed from the web help. The product life cycle chart lists all retirement dates and related information.

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