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ArcGIS Desktop vs ArcGIS Pro

ArcGIS Desktop offer for GIS professionals to create, analyze, manage, and share Geographic Information so decision makers can make intelligent, informed decisions. It’s allows to create maps, perform Spatial analysis, and manage data.

ArcGIS Pro is a powerful, single desktop GIS Application, and ESRI‘s Geospatial Cloud. The ArcGIS Pro supports data visualization, advanced analysis and authoritative data maintenance in both 2D and 3D.

Difference Between ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Pro


ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Pro
Only 2D integration2D and 3D integration
Not Ribbon basedRibbon based
Only one map, scenes, and layoutMultiple maps, scenes, and layouts
Publish content of ArcGIS ServerPublish content of ArcGIS Online portal
Access online maps and data less integratedAccess huge online maps and data
Theme is fixed, can’t be changedAvailable Light and Dark theme
Uses a .mxd file extensionUses a .aprx file extension


  1. ArcGIS Pro authoring large web scenes, compare to ArcGIS Desktop.
  2. ArcGIS Pro has the ability to edit feature services on the fly, on the other hand ArcMap allows for services in a read-only format.


See the Price list for ArcGIS Desktop.

See the Price list for ArcGIS Pro.

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