Introduction to ArcGIS AllSource

ArcGIS AllSource is a desktop application for intelligence analysis that allows you to visualize, explore, and analyze disparate data to produce actionable intelligence. Explore data from multiple sources and perform advanced analytics, such as spatial, temporal, statistical, predictive, and relational analysis. ArcGIS AllSource includes tools to directly connect to data. Data can come from relational databases, web services, spreadsheets, and unstructured documents. Visualize data in 2D or 3D maps, link charts, timelines, tables, and graphs. Ask complex questions about the data using a variety of analytical techniques to uncover patterns, trends, forecasts, correlations, and relationships.

ArcGIS AllSource project with timeline in summary view and data clock

Sign in

The first time you use ArcGIS AllSource, you sign in with the credentials of your ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise organization. After that, you are signed in automatically.

Portal Sign-in dialog box highlighting Sign in automatically

In ArcGIS AllSource, the sign-in menu is available on the start page and at the top of the application window. If you have more than one account, you can sign out of one and in to another to access content from a different portal or share items to a different portal.

Start page

On start up, ArcGIS AllSource opens to a start page. The start page is where you will create projects, open projects, learn about the application resources, and change settings.

Start page dialog box with two recent projects


Click a default template to start a new project.


Click a recent project to open it. To open a project that's not in the list, click Open another project Open another project.


Click List List or Tiles Tiles to display projects according to your preference.


Click a recent template to start a new project from a custom template. To start a new project from a template that's not in the list, click Open another template Open another template.


Learn about ArcGIS AllSource workflows, join discussions in the Esri Community, and launch the local help system.


Change application properties and modify default behavior with Settings Settings.

ArcGIS AllSource start page elements.


In ArcGIS AllSource, a project is a body of related work that may include maps, scenes, layouts, and connections to resources such as system folders and databases. Project files have the extension .asrx. By default, a project is stored in its own folder along with an associated file geodatabase and toolbox.

ArcGIS AllSource project with map view open


On the Settings tab Settings, you can configure and manage the application. In an open project, the settings can also be accessed from the Project tab on the ribbon.

ArcGIS AllSource settings with About page selected



Create a project.


Open an existing project.


View info for the current project.

Save Project

Save the current project.

Save Project As

Save a copy of the current project file (.asrx).


Manage portal connections and set the active portal.


View license information, authorize ArcGIS AllSource to work offline, and change the license type.


Access project and application options to configure ArcGIS AllSource.

Package Manager

Manage environments and packages for Python, R, and system libraries.

Add-In Manager

Install add-ins to customize the application.


Open the help system.


View information about your ArcGIS AllSource version.

Learning Resources

Access quick-start tutorials, tutorial series, and other learning resources.


Close the application.

ArcGIS AllSource Settings page


Extend your understanding and knowledge of ArcGIS AllSource with the following:

  • ArcGIS tutorials—Explore training and tutorials.
  • Esri Community—Connect to other users. Post questions, suggest ideas, and read ArcGIS Blog topics.
  • Help—Launch help viewer to learn more about ArcGIS AllSource.

Access to ArcGIS tutorials and Esri Community requires an internet connection.

ArcGIS AllSource user interface

The main parts of the ArcGIS AllSource interface are the ribbon, views, and panes.


A horizontal ribbon at the top of the application window organizes functionality in a series of tabs. Some tabs (core tabs) are always present. Others (contextual tabs) appear when the application is in a particular state. For example, a Timeline contextual tab appears when a timeline is active in the application.

ArcGIS AllSource ribbon with Timeline open and Map tab selected with marked controls.


The Quick Access Toolbar has commonly used commands.


The name of the project appears at the top of the application.


Command Search helps you find and run commands.


Core tabs, such as the Map tab, organize functionality. When a tab is selected, its associated tools and buttons appear on the ribbon.


Contextual tabs, such as the Timeline tab, appear when the application is in a state appropriate for their use.


Buttons and tools run commands. For example, you use the Explore tool to navigate maps and scenes and to identify map features.


Dialog box launchers open panes or dialog boxes with more functionality.


Groups organize related commands on a ribbon tab.

ArcGIS AllSource ribbon elements


Views are windows for working with maps, scenes, timelines, layouts, tables, charts, the catalog, and other representations of your data. Several views can be open at the same time.

Map and timeline views open in ArcGIS AllSource


A pane is a window that displays the contents of a view (the Contents pane), the items in your project or active portal (the Catalog pane), or commands and settings for an area of functionality (the Symbology pane, the Geoprocessing pane, and so on).

Panes provide functionality that may not be available on the ribbon. Panes may have rows of text tabs and graphical tabs to organize functionality. Some panes have multiple pages.

Symbology pane with marked pane controls.


Some panes have multiple pages of functionality.


Text-based primary tabs, such as Gallery and Properties, partition functionality.


Graphical secondary tabs partition the functionality of a primary tab.


Expanders are small arrows that you click to show or hide settings.


The Menu button Menu has additional commands.


Handles allow you to resize areas of a pane by dragging.

The Contents and Catalog panes are usually open in a project. Other panes appear in response to commands or actions. For example, when you click Locate Locate on the Map tab on the ribbon, the Locate pane appears.

You can close panes or leave them open. If a pane is open when you close ArcGIS AllSource, it will be open when you restart the application. You can manage some panes on the View tab on the ribbon. For example, you can click Reset Panes Reset Panes to choose a specific pane configuration.

Arrange the user interface

You can arrange the elements of the user interface in various ways:

  • Drag panes and views to docking targets.
  • Stack panes and views on top of one another.
  • Float panes and views above or away from the application window.
  • Divide view space into vertical or horizontal tab groups to display more views.

ArcGIS AllSource user interfaced with customizations identified


Minimize the ribbon.

Press Ctrl+F1.


Automatically hide a pane to minimize it when not in use.

Click Auto-Hide Auto-Hide in the pane's title bar. Alternatively, press Alt+Minus Sign for options.


Make a new tab group to divide view space.

Right-click a view tab or press Alt+Hyphen for options.


Float a view.

Drag a view by its tab and drop it away from docking targets. Alternatively, right-click the view tab or press Alt+Hyphen for options.


Dock a view.

Drag a view by its tab and drop it on one of the docking targets that appear. Alternatively, right-click the view tab or press Alt+Hyphen for options.