Download ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Pro: lib.ucsd.edu/gissoftware
ArcGIS Online is a fantastic online mapping platform for most users, but it's just a part of an ecosystem of GIS Software. Both ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Pro are well integrated with ArcGIS Online and allow seamless access and publishing of geospatial data and analysis, directly from the desktop software.
If you have a Windows OS, you can install the ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Pro. If you have a MAC, you will not be able to install these on your local machine. You can check out the UCSD Go Virtual environment or download QGIS. Also see the list of other GIS software tools.
You will find various versions of the software. Download the version you need. Information about what version campus is using will be found in the README document.
You can download and install both ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Pro on your computer. You can switch between them or you can use them at the same time. You cannot have two different versions of the same platform installed.
ArcGIS Pro License
You must have an account affiliated with the UC San Diego ArcGIS Online Organization (ucsdonline.maps.arcgis.com). Once you have created an account inside the UC San Diego ArcGIS Online Organization, you are able to immediately use ArcGIS Pro.
ArcGIS Desktop / ArcMap
Check computer system requirements
Acquire and Activate Authorization Code
Download and install ArcGIS for Desktop Student Trial