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Welcome to ArcGIS Earth

ArcGIS Earth provides a lightweight, easy-to-use interface for an immersive 3D experience that complements the capabilities of ArcGIS Pro and Scene Viewer with a focused experience for working with geospatial data on the globe. ArcGIS Earth allows anyone in the enterprise to quickly view 3D maps over the internet or behind a firewall. With ArcGIS Earth, you can do the following:

  • Sign in to ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise for Esri REST API services, and manage portal connections.
  • Use Esri basemaps and ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World content, connect to OGC WMS and WMTS services, or display local data in 3D, including KML layers, tile packages, scene layer packages, and more.
  • Perform interactive 3D analysis, including elevation profile, line of sight analysis, and viewshed analysis.
  • Draw and measure simple geometries in 3D.
  • Save your work as a workspace or an image locally, or share it.

Download and install ArcGIS Earth

To install ArcGIS Earth, complete the following steps:

  1. Review the ArcGIS Earth system requirements to verify operating system and hardware prerequisites.
  2. Download ArcGIS Earth from the home page.
  3. Start the ArcGIS Earth installation program and click Next when you're ready to proceed.
  4. Review the license agreement and accept it if you agree. Click Next to continue with the installation. If you do not agree with the terms, exit the installation.
  5. Specify the installation context under which ArcGIS Earth will be installed, either per machine (all users) or per user. Click Next to continue.
  6. Click Change to specify the installation folder or click Next to accept the default location.


    If the installation folder is changed, neither ArcGIS nor ArcGIS Earth is appended to the modified path. It is recommended that you include a folder in the custom installation location and not use the root location of a drive.

  7. Click Next to use the default configuration settings, or select Specify Configuration File and click Browse to import a modified configuration file (download the sample configuration file and edit configurable parameters).
  8. Click Install to start the installation.
  9. Click Finish to close the wizard when the installation completes. Leave the Run ArcGIS Earth now check box checked if you want to immediately start the application.

For ArcGIS Earth to be installed per user on supported Windows Server operating systems, the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Installer must contain the REG_DWORD data type DisableMSI, with a value of 0. For more information, see the MSDN topic DisableMSI.

ArcGIS Earth is also available for download and installation directly from Microsoft Store.

Install ArcGIS Earth silently

ArcGIS Earth can be installed without a user interface (UI) by running the setup using Windows Installer command line parameters.

Install ArcGIS Earth silently using command line parameters

The following are the command line parameters that can be used when running ArcGISEarth.msi. Use these with the MSI command line options as needed. The parameters are case sensitive and should be used as defined below.




The ArcGIS Earth installation location. If not specified, the installation location is %System Drive%\Program Files\ArcGIS\Earth in the case of a per-machine installation, and %System Drive%\%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Programs\ArcGIS\Earth in the case of a current user instance (see the ALLUSERS parameter).




Defines the installation context of the ArcGIS Earth setup, where ALLUSERS=1 specifies a per-machine installation and ALLUSERS=2 is a per-user instance. If this parameter is not specified, the silent installation defaults to per user.

If a user without administrative privileges attempts to set this to 1, the installation fails.

2 (default)



If importing a configuration file, specify CONFIGFILE=UseConfigFile at the command line. There are no other valid values for this parameter.



Used in conjunction with CONFIGFILE=UseConfigFile, this parameter allows you to specify an ArcGIS Earth configuration file to be installed to <Installdir>\Earth\bin. Note that the file you select will be renamed in the bin directory as config.xml. The CONFIGPATH parameter must contain the full path to and name of the configuration file.



This is a required property for scripted installations.

Perform a typical silent installation of ArcGIS Earth

Run the following from a command line to install ArcGIS Earth in the per-machine (all users) context:

msiexec.exe /i <setup staging location>\ArcGISEarth.msi ALLUSERS=1 INSTALLDIR="C:\MyArcGISEarth\" CONFIGFILE=UseConfigFile CONFIGPATH=\\networkmachine\earthconfigs\config.xml ACCEPTEULA=yes /qb

  • The /qb switch provides the basic UI of the progress status and error handling; /qr provides a reduced UI; and /qn provides no UI at all. For full details, refer to the MSDN Command-Line Options topic.

  • Spaces are not allowed in the path name.
  • To install a localized ArcGIS Earth setup, add TRANSFORMS=:xxxx.mst to the command line. If the value of TRANSFORMS is not specified, it defaults to English. The value for TRANSFORMS changes based on the language:
    • Japanese: 1041
    • Polish: 1045
    • Russian: 1049
    • French: 1036
    • German: 1031
    • Spanish: 1034

Update ArcGIS Earth

When a new version of ArcGIS Earth is available, a notification appears by default when you start ArcGIS Earth.

Get the ArcGIS Earth software update

Click Learn More in the notification panel to open the ArcGIS Earth About page and download the software update. Once a new version is available, you can launch the updater by clicking Download Now. After a successful download, you will be prompted to save the current ArcGIS Earth workspace and continue with the installation.

Turn off the update notification

If you don't want to receive update notifications, you can turn them off.

  1. Open the ArcGIS Earth About page in either of the following ways:
    • In the ArcGIS Earth Settings window, click the About tab.
    • In the upper right corner of ArcGIS Earth, click the About button About and click Check for updates.
  2. On the About page, uncheck the Check for updates on startup check box.

If you are an administrator, you can block automatic update notifications in the ArcGIS Earth configuration file by setting the value of enableCheckForUpdates to False.