ArcGIS 10.x Student Edition: Downloading, Installing, and Licensing

Before you start this process, you need an ArcGIS Student Trial 1-year license code.

  • If you are a Florida Atlantic University student taking an Urban and Regional Planning (URP) course, email Bryan McConnell ( to request a 1-year student license code. All requests must come from FAU email address and include the URP course you are currently enrolled.
  • If you are not an FAU student in URP courses, I recommend you contact your regional ESRI office.

Click here to download a copy of ArcGIS for Desktop 10.x at the following address. You will need to create and/or use your ESRI Account to log in.


When prompted, enter the Authorization Number to access the download screen.


Next, select which version of ArcGIS Desktop you wish to download.


Next, click the download button to download the ArcGIS for Desktop software.


Install and Authorize

How do I install and authorize the software?

Follow these steps to install ArcGIS 10.x for Desktop:

  1. If you do not currently have an earlier version of ArcGIS installed on your machine, proceed to step 2.If you have ArcGIS version 10.1 or later installed, you do not need to uninstall it before installing version 10.7.1; the ArcGIS setup package will detect and upgrade your ArcGIS for Desktop software. If you have ArcGIS version 10.0 or earlier installed, please uninstall it using the Uninstall Utility (download below) before installing ArcGIS 10.7.1.
  2. Download ArcGIS for Desktop, Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, and the other files you would like to install. Please note that ArcGIS Data Interoperability, ArcGIS Data Reviewer, and ArcGIS Workflow Manager require ArcGIS for Desktop. 
    1. When downloading with the Esri Download Manager, you can select and download multiple products. However, only one product should be launched at a time when the downloads are complete.
    2. Make sure you have write access to your download directory location as well as your ArcGIS installation directory location, and that no one is accessing it.
  3. Install the Microsoft .Net Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 below. 
    1. ArcMap requires Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 and Microsoft Internet Explorer version 7 or newer. Before running the installation program for ArcMap, ensure that your machine meets these prerequisites. The quick start guide provides an overview of installing and setting up ArcMap and links to detailed resources, including system requirements.
  4. Install and authorize ArcGIS for Desktop 
    1. Select a destination folder to extract the install files to. If you choose, you can automatically launch the setup after the files have been extracted.
    2. When prompted, select ArcGIS for Desktop Advanced Single Use.
    3. When prompted, accept the default, I do not wish to authorize any extensions at this time. The extensions will be authorized automatically.
    4. Enter your authorization number.

Follow these steps to authorize the software:

If you installed the software but did not authorize it, follow these steps:

  1. From the Start button, run the ArcGIS Administrator. Select Desktop from the left-side menu.
  2. Select ArcGIS for Desktop Advanced (Single Use), and click Authorize Now.
  3. Verify the software you selected is listed at the top of the box. Click OK.
  4. Select I have installed my software and need to authorize it. Click Next.
  5. Select Authorize with Esri now using the Internet. Click Next. If you do not have an Internet connection on the computer you intend to install the software on, you can authorize the software using another computer that has Internet access or via e-mail.
  6. Enter your personal information (2 panels). Click Next on both.
  7. When prompted, accept the default, I do not wish to authorize any extensions at this time. The extensions will be authorized automatically.
  8. Enter your 12-character authorization number (EVAxxxxxxxxx), and click Next.
  9. After the authorization process is complete, click Finish. Authorization typically takes between 30 seconds and 2 minutes.
  10. Click OK to close the ArcGIS Administrator. The software is ready to use.