GIS and Maps

Information, materials, data and software for Johns Hopkins GIS and Map users.

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Available Software

Everyone affiliated with Johns Hopkins who currently holds an active JHED ID and password can download ArcGIS software for use on their office or personal computer. The software is made available by the Sheridan Libraries for teaching, research, course work, and most administrative purposes. The software may not be used for commercial purposes. Contact GIS library staff at if you have any questions.


Two desktop software options are now available:

ArcGIS Pro

This is Esri’s newest, 64-bit, desktop software. ArcGIS Pro offers a contemporary design with greater 3D visualization and enhanced integration with ArcGIS Online. Those new to GIS desktop software will likely want to start their GIS learning with ArcGIS Pro. Current ArcGIS Desktop users (ArcMap users) should think about transitioning to ArcGIS Pro as time and needs dictate. ArcGIS Pro requires a more robust computer capacity than ArcGIS Desktop. For more details see the ArcGIS Pro Software tab.

ArcGIS Desktop

ArcGIS Desktop is often referred to by its key component, ArcMap. This is Esri’s legacy, 32-bit software product. Esri tells us that for the next few years (at least until 2024)  they plan to maintain and support ArcGIS Desktop with their new product called ArcGIS Pro. See the ArcGIS Desktop Software tab for more details regarding download and authorization.  



Help for Mac users

Running ArcGIS on a Mac with virtualization software

ESRI Tech Support does not officially support running ArcGIS Desktop or Pro on virtualization software like Parallels,Bootcamp, VMware Fusion, etc. While it is possible to install and use the software using virtualization software, it may not always function as well as in Windows. The Data Services lab area provides computers with ArcGIS Desktop and Pro if you need to transfer to a Windows computer that meets the system requirements for ArcGIS Desktop or ArcGIS Pro.

For additional information regarding ArcGIS Pro see:  ArcGIS Pro in Mac OS X