Download and license ArcGIS Pro

Downloading ArcGIS Pro

NOTE: ArcGIS Pro 3.0 projects are not backward compatible with older versions. It is recommended to stay with version 2.x, especially for GIS course work and lab activities/modules. However, if you are working individually or in small groups, where you can make sure that everyone is using the same version, then the newest 3.0 version will work just fine. Keep in mind that the lab computers on campus will be using the older 2.x versions for the 2022-23 Fall and Winter terms.

NOTE: ArcGIS Pro is only available for Windows OS and has robust minimum hardware requirements. Please check here to make sure that your system can support ArcGIS Pro before attempting to download and install.

ArcGIS Pro Icon

You will first need to access your Lakehead University ArcGIS Online account at If you have not yet initiated your AGOL account, click on the blue “Lakehead University” button and you will be taken to our institutional Single Sign On page (the same one used for MyInfo, etc.).

Login page using Single Sign On for Lakehead University ArcGIS Online portal

Once logged in go to your AGOL account, go to “My Profile” at the top-right of the screen. 

Illustration of the where to access My Profile on ArcGIS Online

On your profile page, click on “View my settings” and on the Settings page click on Licenses on the left hand side.

The licenses page shows all of the licensed products that are available to you. Included by default is ArcGIS Pro. Scroll down and click on the Download button beside ArcGIS Pro. Be advised, that the latest version, is approximately 1.7 GB in size. Depending on your internet connection the download may take some time.

Image showing the download link for ArcGIS Pro

Licensing ArcGIS Pro

Dialogue box for authorizing ArcGIS Pro license

Now that you have downloaded the ArcGIS Pro EXE file and installed it on your computer, it can be authorized with your ArcGIS Online account.

Start the application. If you are not presented with the licensing dialogue box, click on “Configure your licensing options.”

• Select “Named User License” as the License Type
• Make sure that ArcGIS Online is selected as the Licensing option
• Click OK
• Enter your ArcGIS Online username and password to complete the authorization.

Authorizing ArcGIS Pro with your SSO account

You may already have ArcGIS Pro installed on your computer and you are being asked to provide your ArcGIS Online login to authorize ArcGIS Pro.

You will likely be presented with this screen asking for your Username and Password. In this case choose “Your ArcGIS organization’s URL.”

The default ArcGIS Pro login screen asking for Username and password.
Login in screen for ArcGIS using the LUGDC organization.

Enter “LUGDC” for the ArcGIS organization. Check “Remember this URL” and click “Continue. Choose the blue Lakehead University button, which will then take you to the Lakehead University Enterprise SSO login. Use your usual Lakehead username and password here.

ArcGIS login page for Single Sign On.