ArcGIS Pro 2.8 system requirements

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

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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)

Feb 2021 update

Windows 8.1 Pro and Enterprise (64 bit)

Feb 2021 update

Windows Server 2019 Standard and Datacenter (64 bit)

Feb 2021 update

Windows Server 2016 Standard and Datacenter (64 bit)

Feb 2021 update

Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and Datacenter (64 bit)

Feb 2021 update

Windows Server 2012 Standard and Datacenter (64 bit)

Feb 2021 update


  • Prior and future updates or service packs for these operating system versions are supported unless otherwise stated. The operating system version and updates must also be supported by the operating system provider.
  • The Desktop Experience option is required on all versions of Windows Server.

Hardware requirements

ItemSupported and recommended


Minimum: 2 cores, simultaneous multithreading

Simultaneous multithreading, or hyperthreading, of CPUs typically features two threads per core. A multithreaded 2-core CPU will have four threads available for processing, while a multithreaded 6-core CPU will have 12 threads available for processing.

Recommended: 4 cores

Optimal: 10 cores




Minimum: 32 GB of free space

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


Minimum: 8 GB

Recommended: 16 GB

Optimal: 32 GB or more

Dedicated (not shared) graphics memory

Recommended: 4 GB or more

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

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’s \Local subfolder, so it does not roam with the user profile if roaming profiles are enabled by your system administrator.


Minimum: 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_shader_draw_parameters, EXT_swap_control, EXT_texture_compression_s3tc, and EXT_texture_filter_anisotropic extensions

Screen resolution

1024x768 or higher

*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.


  • Be sure to use the latest available driver.

  • When using a GPU, ensure it is currently supported by the manufacturer.

  • Cloud storage services, such as Microsoft OneDrive and Google Drive, are not supported unless stated otherwise in the documentation about specific tools and functionality. Learn more about ArcGIS Pro and cloud storage services.

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 2.8. 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 license—The latest version of ArcGIS License Manager is required to manage ArcGIS Pro 2.8 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 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

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

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 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 websites for the most current versions.

VMware vSphere 6.7


  • 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, for 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 Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

G4 Instances

Amazon WorkSpaces

Graphics Bundle

Azure N-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.


  • NV4—Good for 2D use. Capable of delivering a solid 2D experience with ArcGIS Pro.
  • NV8—Good for 2D use as well as light 3D use. Same as the NV4 but able to render and move 3D rendering more smoothly.
  • NV16—Good platform for medium to heavy 3D use. This is a system that many users who do 3D, as well as have large datasets and analysis needs, could benefit from.
  • NV32—This is a good platform for heavy 3D and larger datasets with heavy analysis needs.


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. See the current lists of Spatial Analyst tools and machine learning capabilities that use the GPU for computation.

Cloud application streaming and virtualizationNotes

Amazon AppStream 2.0

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