Business Analyst system requirements

Available with Business Analyst license.


ArcGIS Business Analyst Desktop is in mature support and follows the ArcGIS Desktop life cycle. There are no plans for future releases of ArcGIS Business Analyst Desktop, and it is recommended that you migrate to ArcGIS Business Analyst Pro. See Migrate to ArcGIS Business Analyst Pro for more information.

Installation recommendations

  • It is recommended that you load all the Business Analyst data components to your local hard drive, which will require approximately 260 GB of disk space. Installing the data components to a network will result in slower performance.
  • Although it is not a requirement for installing and working with Business Analyst, please note that you must have Adobe Acrobat to output Business Analyst reports in PDF formats.
  • The recommended order of install is to run the software first, then run the data portion.

Minimum system requirements

CPU speed

2.2 GHz minimum; Hyper-threading (HHT) or Multi-core recommended


Intel® Core™ Duo, Intel Pentium® 4, or Intel Xeon® processors; SSE3 minimum. Run this Microsoft utility from your Windows command prompt to check your processor.

Operating system

  • Windows 11 Pro and Enterprise (64 bit [EM64T])
  • Windows 10 Home, Pro, and Enterprise (64 bit [EM64T])
  • Windows 8.1 Basic, Professional and Enterprise (64 bit [EM64T])
  • Windows Server 2019 Standard and Datacenter (64 bit [EM64T])
  • Windows Server 2016 Standard, and Datacenter (64 bit [EM64T])
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard, and Datacenter (64 bit [EM64T])
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard, and Datacenter (64-bit [EM64T])


x86 or x64 with SSE2 extensions


24-bit color depth


8 GB or higher recommended

Swap space

Determined by the operating system; 500 MB minimum

Disk space

220 GB NTFS for complete software and data


A minimum of Business Analyst 10.6.1 or newer versions are required to install the 2023 U.S. Data Update. Business Analyst 10.6 or earlier versions are not supported.

Processor support: See Dual or dual-core support policy

Screen resolution: 1024x768 recommend or higher at normal size (96dpi)

Video/Graphics adapter: Check your computer's ability to run ArcGIS. 64 MB RAM minimum, 256 MB RAM or higher recommended. NVIDIA, ATI, and Intel chipsets supported, 24-bit capable graphics accelerator, OpenGL version 2.0 runtime minimum is required, and Shader Model 3.0 or higher is recommended. Be sure to use the latest available driver.

Networking hardware: Simple TCP/IP, Network Card or Microsoft Loopback Adapter is required for the License Manger.

Media player: In addition to the My Esri download option, a USB media drive containing the install setups can be ordered from Customer Service using the Request Physical Media feature in My Esri.

Microsoft .NET Framework requirement

.NET Framework 4.5.2 or later must be installed prior to installing ArcGIS Desktop.

Python requirement for Geoprocessing

ArcGIS Desktop geoprocessing tools require Python 2.7.18 and Numerical Python 1.16.6 to be installed. If the ArcGIS Desktop setup does not find either Python 2.7.18 or Numerical Python (NumPy) 1.16.6 installed on the target computer, Python 2.7.18 and Numerical Python 1.16.6 will be installed during a complete installation of ArcGIS Desktop.


You can choose a Custom installation to unselect the Python feature and avoid installing it. Additionally, if the Python setup is executed during the ArcGIS Desktop installation, you will be provided with the opportunity to choose its installation location. The Python installation location should not include spaces.