I am still getting over the quirks of ArcGIS Pro, right now I want to create my own toolbox that contains some tools useful for my current project: hillshade, contour and kernel density.

But it seems to me that there is no way to add system tools to a custom toolbox.

Can this be done?


The Help page to read on this is Save a custom set of geoprocessing tools and I think the key sentence that answers your question is:

You cannot add system tools to a project toolbox; only custom script and model tools that you build can be added.

Alternative workflows are described there and summarized here:

You can save a custom set of geoprocessing tools within an ArcGIS project so the most important tasks of your project can be quickly and easily completed. The set of tools you save in a project can contain both ArcGIS tools and custom tools that you have built or that others have shared with you.


You can use a project template to import a set of tools from one project to your current project or to a new project, or if you want to always have the same custom sets of tools regardless of your project.

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  • Thanks a lot for the info. "You cannot add system tools to a project toolbox", this seems like a foolish downgrade to me. Custom toolbox is a great boost for quality of life in GIS IMHO. What if I create the toolbox in Arcmap and try to import it into Pro? And how shall I "save a custom set of geoprocessing tools within an ArcGIS project"? Shall I do it in the catalog or just add them as favorite? – AndrewLebron Jun 1 '18 at 13:33
  • You could test creating a custom toolbox with system tools in ArcMap and importing it into ArcGIS Pro. I think that help page is talking about favorites but I have only had a quick read and have not had a chance to test. – PolyGeo Jun 1 '18 at 19:27
  • Thanks. I will get a chance to test it next week or this weekend. – AndrewLebron Jun 1 '18 at 20:30

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