Add Stand Alone Data Catalog Like ArcCatalog to ArcGIS Pro

Idea created by dwwheelock on Oct 5, 2016
    Not in Current Product Plan

    ArcCatalog is a powerful tool for easily managing data.  I haven't seen anything like the easy data management functionality of ArcCatalog in ArcGIS Pro.  And the last thing I want to do is create a whole ArcGIS Pro project folder when all I want to do is look at some data that someone just sent me in an e-mail.  If the end-game really is the extinction of ArcMap 5-10 years from now, then Pro will have to have a replacement for ArcCatalog. 


    Asking users to use ArcGIS Pro's project pane to manage all of their data is like asking Windows users to use MS Word's Browsing window to manage all their files.  A browse window is no replacement for a full-featured data management app like ArcCatalog.


    I'd like for someone at ESRI to acknowledge that and tell us when it will be added to the development schedule.


    I'm actually really eager to begin using Pro routinely and it's frustrating having a major stumbling block like this in the way.


    As this conversation has grown over time, users who are seeing it for the first time probably won't get through all of the comments.  We're updating this statement (originally from June 2017) here for visibility and to continue to encourage you to share additional ArcGIS Pro requirements as new ideas.


    There is no plan to create a new application in order to deliver ArcCatalog-like functionality in ArcGIS Pro.  We continue to bring in “ArcCatalog” (data management) functionality into the Catalog pane and Catalog view in Pro, with most issues brought up through this thread having been addressed.  


    For this particular idea about a "stand alone" data catalog for Pro, since we've already clarified that there will be no separate application to manage data in ArcGIS Pro, we need feedback on what functionality you use most in ArcCatalog that is still not possible in Pro.  As newer versions of Pro are released, the number of things on that list will decrease.


    Thank you again for helping in the development of Pro.


    There's more discussion of this issue on this thread:

    What is the future of ArcCatalog in future Pro versions?