ArcGIS Pro beta 5 available

ArcGIS Pro software licensing changes in beta 5.

The beta 5 release of ArcGIS Pro is now available. You can download it from the ArcGIS Pro website or check for updates within ArcGIS Pro. This release has some important changes to the way you authorize your software license.

ArcGIS Pro follows a named user licensing model, where each user account is assigned permissions to access the software. Starting with beta 5, licenses for ArcGIS Pro are administered through your ArcGIS Online organizational account. This will be the software authorization method used for the remainder of the beta program, as well as in the final release.

If you’ve been using ArcGIS Pro beta, you’re already used to signing in to start the application. The difference now is that the organization administrator needs to assign each account a software license level and, optionally, any additional extensions. When you start ArcGIS Pro and sign in, the application runs with the level and extensions your administrator has specified.

If you’re not part of the beta program yet, remember that all current ArcGIS for Desktop customers are invited to join and download ArcGIS Pro. You can sign up on the ArcGIS Pro website.

Here’s what you need to do to use ArcGIS Pro.

If you are the administrator of an ArcGIS Online organization that is currently part of the ArcGIS Pro beta program, you need to use the ArcGIS Online website to specify which members can run ArcGIS Pro and the software licenses available to them. You can manage licenses for individual members or make bulk assignment updates. Licensing through Portal for ArcGIS will be available in a future beta release.

1. Sign in at You must have an administrator role.
2. On the My Organization page, click the Manage Licenses button.

Manage Licenses button

3. Assign licenses to members of your organization. You see graphs of the numbers of licenses available. The products and numbers of licenses you see in ArcGIS Online correspond to those to which your organization is entitled or has purchased.

My Organization's licenses

4. Review the help for more information.

You can contact Esri Customer Service (or send an email to if you are part of the beta program but don’t see the Manage Licenses button, or if you want to evaluate additional ArcGIS Pro products that are not currently part of your maintenance subscription. Beta 5 is the first ArcGIS Pro release where your license reflects the products you have under maintenance, so Customer Service can provide you with additional licenses on a trial basis during the beta program.

If you are not an administrator in your organization, check with your administrator and make sure your license has been assigned. You should only update to beta 5 after you have confirmed that your account has a license. If your administrator has not set your license, ArcGIS Pro beta 5 will not run when you attempt to sign in.

After you start ArcGIS Pro, you can review your current licenses (requires signing in to view this link) by clicking the Project tab and clicking Licensing. If you need to work with ArcGIS Pro in a disconnected mode or if you run Python scripts outside of the ArcGIS Pro application, you can check out a license from this tab.

License status in ArcGIS Pro

ArcGIS Pro can be installed on the same machine as other ArcGIS for Desktop releases, or on a machine without any Esri products. Keep in mind that only ArcGIS Pro uses licensing through the organization. The other ArcGIS for Desktop applications—ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ArcGlobe, and ArcScene—continue to use the local ArcGIS Administrator application to set levels and extensions.

You can post your feedback about ArcGIS Pro on the Esri beta forums (sign in on the ArcGIS Pro website and click the Forums button) or contact Esri Technical Support.


About Qiusheng Wu

Assistant Professor of Geography at Binghamton University, State University of New York

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