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Find a geoprocessing tool

ArcGIS provides many geoprocessing tools that can be used to perform spatial analysis or manage the GIS data in your project. Finding the right tool for your task is essential. With ArcGIS Pro, you can find geoprocessing tools

  • In the Analysis gallery
  • By searching in the Geoprocessing pane
  • In the list of Favorites in the Geoprocessing pane
  • In the list of Toolboxes in the Geoprocessing pane
  • In a project toolbox in the Catalog pane, or in a toolbox in a folder or geodatabase
  • In an ArcGIS Server connection in the Catalog pane.
  • In the Portal group of the Analysis ribbon or the Portal tab in the Geoprocessing pane

Analysis gallery

You can find geoprocessing tools in a gallery of powerful and commonly used spatial analysis tools—the Analysis gallery. This gallery gives access to a subset of the full suite of geoprocessing tools in ArcGIS. If your project was created from a template or previously configured and shared with you, the tools in the gallery may be customized specifically for the GIS work you do.

Analysis gallery

The Analysis gallery only shows a handful of tools by default, but you can expand it to see more.

Learn how to customize the Analysis gallery


You can find geoprocessing tools by searching for a tool in the Geoprocessing pane. You can search for a geoprocessing tool by name (if you know it) or by describing the type of operation you want to perform (for example, distance).

Search in the Geoprocessing pane


You can find geoprocessing tools in the customizable list of Favorites in the Geoprocessing pane. Favorites include those you have saved or pinned as favorites and tools that you have recently run.

Project Tools in the Geoprocessing pane

When you create a new project, the list of Favorites contains several commonly-used tools. You can customize this list by removing tools you do not want and adding any other tools.

Learn how to customize Favorites


You can find geoprocessing tools in the list of Toolboxes in the Geoprocessing pane. This list includes all toolboxes that are included with ArcGIS. These tools are organized into toolboxes and toolsets, with tools that are similar grouped into a toolset or toolbox. Toolboxes also includes any toolboxes that have been added to your project at the top of the list.

Toolboxes in the Geoprocessing pane

Folder connections and Project toolboxes

Toolboxes inside of a folder or geodatabase will display within Folder Connections in the Catalog pane. You can add any toolbox from within a folder connection or geodatabase to your project, which stores a link to the toolbox (but not the physical toolbox file) with your project.

Learn how to add a toolbox to your project

Geoprocessing services in an ArcGIS Server connection

You can find and use geoprocessing service tools in an ArcGIS Server connection. These tools can be used just like any other geoprocessing tool, the only difference is the tool is executed on the ArcGIS Server. To start using geoprocessing service tools, add an ArcGIS Server User Connection, then expand the server connection under the Servers node of the Catalog pane and double-click any tool to open it in the Geoprocessing pane.

You can connect to and use a number of geoprocessing service tools that are hosted on ArcGIS Online servers. These tools are called Ready-To-Use Services, and allow you to run a number of advanced analysis tasks such as

  • Routing, drive times, and other street network analysis (
  • Profile, viewshed, and other elevation analysis (
  • Watershed and stream tracing (
To connect to and use these services you must be logged in to an ArcGIS organizational account and have analysis privileges set on your account. These services use ArcGIS credits.

Portal tools

You can find and use analysis tools which are hosted on your portal. Tools from your portal represent services that can be enabled on the ArcGIS servers federated with your portal. The Portal group of the Analysis ribbon and the Portal tab in the Geoprocessing pane show which tools are available through your active portal. You can use these tools just as you do other geoprocessing tools. The only difference is that the tools run on your portal's federated server instead of on your local desktop machine, and create new output layers in your portal, instead of new data in a local folder or geodatabase.

Learn more about portal tools

Ready To Use Tools

Ready To Use Tools are geoprocessing services which use ArcGIS Online’s hosted data and analysis capabilities. They are called ready-to-use because you only need to provide a few basic input features, as all the other data needed for the analysis, as well as the computation, are hosted in ArcGIS Online. You can use these tools to solve diverse spatial and network analysis problems easily, including

  • Routing and service areas on street networks (Network Analysis)
  • Profile and viewshed (Elevation)
  • Watershed and stream tracing (Hydrology)

Find Ready To Use Tools in the Ready To Use Tools gallery of the Analysis ribbon tab. Clicking one of these tools opens the tool dialog, where you specify input parameter settings. When running one of these tools, the output will automatically be given a name based on the service name, copied into your project geodatabase and added to an open map.