Is ESRI's ArcGIS platform of programs available on Ubuntu? I love open source and if I could I would love to try and migrate to this open source OS.


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At present ArcGIS Desktop is not supported on the Linux platform but you can install Server platform software on Linux such as ArcGIS Server.

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For more details please check Similar question: ArcGIS for Desktop on Linux?

See also Desktop GIS for Linux (in Linux Journal)

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    I love that Linux Journal article. Good find!
    – Cody Brown
    May 7, 2013 at 14:24
  • Could you please update your post to address the dead link?
    – Aaron
    Dec 1, 2015 at 23:54

Right now, only the backend software is available for Ubuntu (ArcServer, ArcSDK). This is because many enterprise-level companies run Ubuntu, SUSE, or other Linux servers and Windows workstations. However, ArcGIS is not the only fish in the sea. Using free and open-source software, you can do almost everything that ArcGIS can, and a number of things that it can't. If you already know how to use ArcMap, the learning curve going to QGIS or others is a lot less steep than you might expect.

I personally use an open source software stack on Ubuntu for a lot of my work. Once I have time to learn the Python syntax for QGIS (PyQGIS), I may leave ArcMap behind.

  • I've used QGIS sporadically over the last year when ArcGIS fails me. I do enjoy it, but I'm in a very face paced job where quick turn-around's are everything. The time it would take me to do something in QGIS compared to ArcGIS isn't time I can afford. Either way, thanks for the answer, I may spend some free time learning QGIS better.
    – Cody Brown
    May 7, 2013 at 13:20
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    QGIS 1.9 (2.0) with direct editing with Oracle Spatial Connection is improving our workflow - now we do not need ESRI products.
    – Mapperz
    May 7, 2013 at 14:52
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    @Mapperz that's great : )
    – Sunil
    May 7, 2013 at 17:33

If you really want to go through the trouble you might be able to set up ArcGIS on a virtual machine running windows and run that through a Linux Platform.


ArcGIS Desktop is not currently available on Linux systems, but you can install ArcGIS Enterprise for Linux. : [the installation guide][1]http://enterprise.arcgis.com/fr/server/latest/install/linux/welcome-to-the-arcgis-for-server-install-guide.htm


Server yes, Desktop No. If you use cloud builder on AWS and choose the Linux install it will install on Ubuntu, using wine. Strangely Ubuntu is not supported by esri on a standard install. You can manually do the install on Ubuntu but you will have to work around some errors, it will work but you won't get support. You other option is rhel which is supported up to v7.

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