GIS Software

A variety of GIS software tools are available for creating, analyzing, and visualizing geospatial data. University of Idaho students, faculty, and staff have access to Esri products through a higher education site license but there are also many open source options.

Esri Products

The University of Idaho participates in the Education Institution License Program with Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (Esri). Many products are available for teaching, research, and administrative uses; others are available only for teaching and research. Commercial use of the software is not a permitted use under the License.

Along with software, U of I students, faculty, and staff have access to Esri no-cost, self-paced online learning opportunities. Sign in using your U of I Account.

Have questions? Contact Bruce Godfrey, GIS Librarian.

ArcGIS Online

ArcGIS Online is Esri's web-based collaborative platform that enables members to use, create, manage, store, document, and share maps, apps, and data.

ArcGIS Pro

ArcGIS Pro is Esri's latest Windows-based desktop GIS that is tightly coupled with ArcGIS Online through Web GIS.

Esri CityEngine

Esri CityEngine is desktop 3D modeling software for creating interactive and immersive urban environments.

ArcGIS Desktop

ArcGIS Desktop is Esri's legacy Windows-based desktop GIS.


Esri Applications

Search and sort the table below to find an ArcGIS app that fits your needs:

Resource Purpose Description
Insights for ArcGIS
Insights for ArcGIS
Advanced Analytics Conduct analysis in a web app that brings together location analytics, open data science, and business intelligence workflows
Collector for ArcGIS
Collector for ArcGIS
Collecting Field Data Collect data in the field using a map-centric app
Survey123 for ArcGIS
Survey123 for ArcGIS
Collecting Field Data Collect data in the field using a form-centric app
Crowdsource Reporter
Crowdsource Reporter
Collecting Crowdsource Data Collect problems or observations from the public
Crowdsource Polling
Crowdsource Polling
Collecting Crowdsource Data Collect comments for feedback from the public
Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS
Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS
Real-time Visualization Visualize and analyze real-time data from a dynamic dashboard
ArcGIS StoryMaps
ArcGIS StoryMaps
Communicating Research Results Digital Storytelling using maps, photos, video, charts, and text
ArcGIS Maps for Office
ArcGIS Maps for Office
Visualizing Tablular Data Add interactive maps to Excel spreadsheets
Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS
Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS
App Builder Create mapping apps for the web (no coding required)
ArcGIS Experience Builder
ArcGIS Experience Builder
App Builder Transform your data into compelling web apps (no coding required)
AppStudio for ArcGIS
AppStudio for ArcGIS
App Builder Create geoenabled cross-platform apps
ArcGIS Business Analyst Desktop
ArcGIS Business Analyst Desktop
Demographic Analysis Perform demograpic analysis using a tool focused primarily on site selection
ArcGIS Business Analyst Web & Mobile
ArcGIS Business Analyst Web & Mobile
Demographic Analysis Perform demograpic analysis using a tool focused primarily on site selection
ArcGIS Community Analyst
ArcGIS Community Analyst
Demographic Analysis Perform demographic analysis using a tool focused primarily on policy issues and enabling understanding of commuinities from a "social issues" perspective
GeoPlanner for ArcGIS
GeoPlanner for ArcGIS
Planning Use a web-based tool to design planning scenarios

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Open Source GIS Tools

There are numerous desktop GIS software programs such as QGIS. There are also many web-based options such as Mapbox and Carto. Take a look at the OSGeo projects to help you find an open source technology to meet your needs.