Bridging the Gap Between ArcGIS and R

Blog Post created by MPobuda-esristaff Employee on Mar 28, 2017

This past month, the R-ArcGIS bridge showcased its capabilities on the main stage. At Esri’s 2017 DevSummit, the bridge was demoed along with ArcGIS’ conda-based python integration to show users the power and possibilities the two provide.


To provide our users with easier access to the R-ArcGIS bridge and all of its capabilities, we have been working hard on multiple new resources. Our goal is to not only enable users to quickly get up and running with the bridge and all of its features, but also to inspire users with new ways the bridge can extend their workflows.

The first of these resources is a new Learn ArcGIS lesson and video called Analyze Crime Using Statistics and the R-ArcGIS Bridge. The lesson walks you through installing the R-ArcGIS bridge, getting everything up and running, as well as the process of doing an analysis where you’ll seamlessly move between R and ArcGIS, depending on the analytical methods you want to employ. By the end, you’ll be ready to tackle your own analyses harnessing the power of both R and ArcGIS in new and exciting ways.

Additionally, two new web courses have been created. The first of which, “Using the R-ArcGIS Bridge“, is designed to show you the basics of installing the bridge, transferring data back and forth between ArcGIS and R, and features a simple analysis utilizing R. The second course, “Integrating R Scripts into ArcGIS Geoprocessing Tools“, specifically focuses on how to use the bridge to wrap R functionality and create script tools that can be used in ArcGIS, just like any other tool.

Check them all out and please let us know of any feedback you may have!

Happy Bridging!