Advantages of migration to ArcGIS Pro

Advantages include:

  • A modern, fast application: ArcGIS Pro is a 64-bit, multi-threaded application. Its powerful processing and upgraded display engine allow for faster analysis and rendering.
  • An intuitive workspace: Toolbars are replaced by a customizable ribbon which updates contextually depending on what you’re doing within the application. Rather than having to dig through toolbars and dialog boxes, the tools you need appear when you need them.
  • Dockable Views and Panes make up your ArcGIS Pro workspace. This means you can switch back and forth easily between working with symbology or geoprocessing tools and navigating your maps, tables, and layouts.
  • Project-based design: The working unit for ArcGIS Pro is the project. A single project can contain multiple maps, 3D scenes, and layouts. Projects can be packaged in a few clicks into a convenient format that’s shareable via the cloud or as a file. Alternatively, you can open ArcGIS Pro without a project to complete your data management tasks.
  • Easy sharing: Thanks to portal integration, you can upload projects, maps, or layers to your portal at ArcGIS Online (included with your Desktop subscription) or ArcGIS Enterprise. Content is also shared with you through the Portal: the ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World is an Esri-curated resource of data and basemaps, and millions of third-party datasets have been made available for free on ArcGIS Online. All this data is accessible from within the application.
  • ArcMap compatibility: Maps, layouts, symbology, and models created in any ArcMap version can be ported into ArcGIS Pro with minimal changes. Python scripts can be easily updated to work in ArcGIS Pro. Once your projects are in ArcGIS Pro, you’ll find all the same functionality available (with very few exceptions) plus new updates not available in ArcMap. ArcGIS Pro projects can’t return to ArcMap, but you can continue to run both ArcGIS Pro and ArcMap from the same machine and use the same data sources.

If you want to discover more about what’s new in ArcGIS Pro we suggest you check the following video that highlights the new functionality and major updates in the new ArcGIS Pro 2.5 release.

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How to add a WFS service to my map?2021-06-16T11:11:32+02:00

A Web Feature Service (WFS) is an open specification for serving geographic features over the web. Unlike a Web Map Service (WMS), a WFS service returns actual features with geometry and attributes. You can connect to an Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) WFS service in ArcMap or ArcGIS Pro by creating a WFS service connection or adding a WFS item from your active portal.

ArcMap (version 10.8, refer to link for earlier versions)

Prior to use Web Feature Services in ArcMap, the Data Interoperability extension must be installed.

The Data Interoperability extension for ArcGIS Desktop is offered at two licensing levels:

  • Installing Data Interoperability gives you immediate access to WFS and GML-SF (simple features) datasets. You can create interoperability connections for WFS and GML-SF data, add them to maps, and use them with geoprocessing tools. You can also use conversion tools in the Data Interoperability toolbox to read WFS services and read and write GML-SF datasets.
  • Authorizing Data Interoperability with a valid license and enabling it in the ArcGIS Desktop application adds additional out-of-the-box support for over 100 GIS, CAD, raster, and database formats, and grants you access to the FME Workbench application.

The extension can be installed by running the setup.exe file, located in the similarly named folder provided with the ArcGIS installation media. After this the extension needs to be authorized with a valid license of which the workflow differs slightly if working with a Single Use Installation or a Concurrent Use Installation. More information can be found here.

Once the extension is installed, you can make a connexion to a WFS service through the Catalog, by adding a new Interoperability connection. Subsequently, add the service to your map by the Add Data dialog window or by a simple drag-and-drop from the Catalog window.

Data Interoperability Online documentation can be found here and:


In the Catalog window, expand the Interoperability Connections folder.

Double-click Add Interoperability Connection.

Click the Format browse (ellipsis) button to open FME Reader Gallery.

Choose WFS (Web Feature Service) and click OK.

Type the URL into the Dataset text box.


For a more detailed workflow, please refer to the Adding a WFS service to ArcMap documentation.

ArcGIS Pro

A connection can be added by going to the Insert tab, under the Project group, then clicking the connections drop-down list and finally selecting New WFS Server. You can then type the URL of the WFS server site you want to connect within the Server URL text box. The URL varies depending on the site configuration but typically looks like this:

You then have to select the WFS version you want to connect to and your connection is set. Additional settings can be found here.

How to add a WMS service to my map?2020-07-06T13:38:36+02:00

A Web Map Service (WMS) delivers georeferenced map images. A WMS service may also contain a Styled Layer Descriptor (SLD) to specify how the WMS layer is to be symbolized and portrayed.

ArcMap (version 10.8, refer to link for earlier versions)

The content of a WMS server can easily be used in ArcMap, without needing to install any additional extension. To add a WMS service as a layer in a map, start by establishing a connection to the server, and then simply add the service to your map. The connection can be made through the Catalog window, or after opening the Add Data dialog box.

Click on the Add Data icon.

Add data dialog opens. From dropdown list in the field Look in select GIS servers. From the list of various GIS servers types select Add WMS server. And click on the Add button.

For a more detailed workflow, please refer to the Adding WMS services documentation.

ArcGIS Pro

For ArcGIS Pro the steps are similar as with ArcMap and a connection can be set up by adding a connection in the insert tab.

More details on how to do the link in a step-by-step approach can be found on this link.

Can I create or use geometric networks in ArcGIS Pro?2019-07-18T16:30:46+02:00

Geometric networks are a read-only dataset in ArcGIS Pro. The capability to manage, model, and analyze network systems for water, gas, electric, telecom, sewer, storm water, and other utilities has been replaced by the Utility Network.

How do I start an edit session in ArcGIS Pro?2019-07-18T16:26:10+02:00

ArcGIS Pro automatically starts an edit session when you modify existing data or create data. For more information, see Automatic edit sessions in the help topic Editing in ArcGIS Pro.

Where did my ArcMap styles go?2019-07-18T16:23:13+02:00

Many ArcMap styles have been retired and are not included as system styles in ArcGIS Pro. However, these styles can be imported from ArcMap. See Import an ArcMap style into the project. A number of these styles have already been converted to ArcGIS Pro *.stylx format and can be downloaded fromArcGIS Online at Esri Styles.

Can I use my licensed ArcGIS Desktop extensions with ArcGIS Pro?2019-07-18T16:21:10+02:00

Yes. If you have an ArcGIS Desktop license for an extension product, you are licensed to use the same extension in ArcGIS Pro if it is available. See ArcGIS Pro extensions for a list of available extensions. Extension licenses in ArcGIS Pro are managed using the same license type (for example, Named User) as your ArcGIS Pro license.

How do I share a map authored in ArcGIS Pro with someone using ArcMap?2019-07-18T16:19:30+02:00

You cannot export a map from ArcGIS Pro as a map document (.mxd). However, web maps shared from ArcGIS Pro can be opened in ArcMapArcGIS Online, or ArcGIS Enterprise.

I imported a map document with multiple data frames, but I only see one map in ArcGIS Pro. What happened to the other data frames?2019-07-18T16:17:27+02:00

When you import a map document (.mxd), all the data frames become maps in your ArcGIS Proproject, but only one of them opens. You can open the other maps from the Catalog pane by clicking the Project tab at the top of the pane and expanding the Maps item. Alternatively, you can open the catalog view from the View tab on the ribbon and browse to the maps in your project.

Can I use my maps from ArcMap in ArcGIS Pro?2019-07-18T16:14:54+02:00

Yes, map documents (.mxd), scenes (.sxd), and globes (.3DD) can be imported into ArcGIS Pro and saved in a project. For more information, see Import a map or a map package in the help topic Add maps and scenes to a project. The same geodatabase and shapefile datasets can be used by both applications. Web layers shared from ArcGIS Pro can be opened in ArcMap. Also, ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro can run side by side on the same machine. However, ArcGIS Pro projects cannot be imported into ArcMap.

Can I run models that I build in ArcGIS Pro in ArcMap?2019-07-18T16:12:56+02:00

No, models that are built new, or opened and saved in ArcGIS Pro, cannot be used directly in ArcMap. However, you can save the containing toolbox as a previous version and use that toolbox in ArcMap. It’s safest to make a backup of the original toolbox before modifying any models in ArcGIS Pro. Keep in mind that many tools and new data formats are only available in ArcGIS Pro, so the model still may not work in ArcMap.

Will models built in ArcMap work in ArcGIS Pro?2019-07-18T16:09:32+02:00

Yes, most of the time. However, if the model includes a tool that is not available in ArcGIS Pro, the model will not work. You may need to wait until that tool is available in a future release of ArcGIS Pro. Alternatively, you may be able to remove the tool and use a workaround. Additionally, if a tool in the model has changed in ArcGIS Pro, the model will not work until you update the model (make a backup of the toolbox, open the model in ArcGIS Pro, validate, and save the model). Refer to a tool’s help topic to determine what needs to change for the tool to work in ArcGIS Pro. One common issue is that the Calculate Field tool no longer supports Visual Basic (VB) expressions. Learn more about migrating ModelBuilder workflows to ArcGIS Pro.

Are all the geoprocessing tools from ArcMap in ArcGIS Pro?2019-07-18T16:07:30+02:00

The majority of ArcMap geoprocessing tools are available in ArcGIS Pro. However, some tools are not available. In some cases, these tools may be available in a future release. Tools that work with data formats that are not supported in ArcGIS Pro, such as coverages, will not be available in the future.

Will Python scripts and toolboxes written for ArcMap work in ArcGIS Pro?2019-07-18T16:05:11+02:00

Usually, yes. ArcGIS Pro uses Python 3.x, while other applications in ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Server use Python 2.x. Despite some significant differences between these versions of Python, many geoprocessing scripts can be used as-is in both ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro. You can read about Python migration for ArcGIS Pro, and use the Analyze Tools For Pro geoprocessing tool to analyze a script or toolbox for necessary updates.

Will my ArcObjects application built for ArcMap work in ArcGIS Pro?2019-07-18T16:03:01+02:00

No, ArcGIS Pro has a new .NET API, and the functionality and workflows are different from what exists in ArcMap. The new API was built using ArcObjects; however, ArcObjects is not exposed directly.

Where do I go to download ArcGIS Pro?2019-07-18T13:22:42+02:00

You can download ArcGIS Pro and optional setups, such as the offline help system, from My Esri. See Download and install for more information. If you don’t have ArcGIS Pro, you can sign up for a free trial and follow the links provided in your email to download the application.

Do I need to have the most current version of ArcMap before I can install ArcGIS Pro?2019-07-18T13:13:42+02:00

No, you can install ArcGIS Pro on a machine that has any version of ArcMap, or on a machine without any Esri products. However, you can only install one version of ArcGIS Pro per machine.

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