arcpy documentation "What is ArcPy" they make it sound like any other python package, but it is different than a other packages:
arcpy is closed source and only available within ESRI.
- It seems to depend on ESRI's software
arcpy is not installed in Python, it's added to the python path if you have ESRI installed.
The package appears to be an interface to a local installation of ESRI, not a python package that uses python.
My conjecture is based on several readings. The clearest hints were from the blog of @Qiusheng-Wu. From this section about using Anaconda it seems clear that you're accessing python that's inside ESRI's program files:
- Create a zconda.pth (path) file with the content “C:\Anaconda2\envs\arcpro\lib\site-packages” in it.
- Then Copy zconda.pth to C:\Program Files\ArcGIS\Pro\bin\Python\envs\arcgispro-py3\lib\site-packages
It's confusing because you can install the packages
arcgis without the ESRI software (i.e. they're normal packages), but the same is not true of
It's also confusing because the ESRI documentation makes it sound like this is a general purpose package without dependencies.
@Luke's answer in the comments is correct, but I wanted to provide a bit more documentation and actual answer for future searchers.