Moving from ArcMap to Pro? Some resources that will help.

08-22-2017 09:28 PM
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Recently someone asked me for help moving from ArcMap to Pro, so I solicited colleagues at Esri for information and useful links. I totally understand the challenge. If you're like me, when you just have to get something done your go-to app just still might be ArcMap. It's a powerful, dependable, and capable desktop GIS, that will live on for a very long time. But there's plenty of reasons to migrate to Pro now.

You bet it takes a bit of time and relearning, and perhaps leaving the comfort of your existing workflows and well-worn workpaths. But the benefits are large, with many new features and capabilitiesnot to mention online integration. All of these make it a must-learn for every GIS professional.

While I can admit that I'll still be cranking up ArcMap often for well-worn workflows, I will also admit that I'm trying hard to find the time to relearn existing workflows in Pro, and learn new ones. And when I do, I'm pleasantly surprised. And the comments I get from the many users I interact with underscore the same, and that it's time to let go of the security of the ArcMap blankie...

So, here's a list of useful resources that will help you cross over to the other side. All are free, and freely available for you, and your colleagues, to use. Let's move on!

Terminology Guide:


Quick Start tutorials:

Quick start tutorials on YouTube:

Introducing ArcGIS Pro - YouTube 


Videos and Know Before You Pro:

Migrate existing content into Pro: 

Esri Training: Going Pro: ArcGIS Pro Essentials for ArcMap Users 


Blog posts:


Help doc:

A story map compiling 11 free Pro lessons: 


YouTube migration video:


Model builder migration:




Python migration:

If you have any more useful resources, comment and I'll add them to the list. Thanks!

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Thanks for compiling this useful list of resources into a single source.  I will be sharing this blog post!

Mike Sweeney

Esri Regular Contributor

Nice list of resources. In addition, the Esri Training site includes dozens ArcGIS Pro training options, some free to everyone. All e-Learning options are free to customers with current maintenance. You can see an up-to-date list of ArcGIS Pro options at

This two-day instructor-led class for experienced ArcMap users is another great (and popular) option to get up to speed fast with ArcGIS Pro: Migrating from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro.

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My list (I've tried to remove what was included in the original post but might have missed a thing or two) :

Overview of ArcGIS Pro Licensing

ArcGIS Desktop licensing

Named User licensing in ArcGIS Online

ArcGIS Pro Named User licensing



Training: Tutorials and Exercises

Quick Start tutorials Lesson Gallery (filter by Product = ArcGIS Pro)

Migrating from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro

ArcGIS Pro: Essential Workflows



For ArcMap users


Import a style into the project


Python in ArcGIS Pro

Analyze Tools For Pro

Analyze custom geoprocessing tools for ArcGIS Pro

Python migration from 10.x to ArcGIS Pro

Migrating from arcpy.mapping to ArcGIS Pro

Migrating to ArcGIS Pro

ModelBuilder: migration to ArcGIS Pro


Migrate locators to ArcGIS Pro

Migrate raster catalogs to geodatabase mosaic datasets

Upgrade Dataset


Migration from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro for data validation


Tools that are not available in ArcGIS Pro





Going Pro: ArcGIS Pro Essentials for ArcMap Users

ArcGIS Pro Editing Essentials

ArcGIS Pro: Tips and Tricks

ArcGIS Pro YouTube Playlist



Dude, where's my Catalog?

ArcGIS Pro Tips: Why Undo is Underrated

ArcGIS Pro Tips: Get Your Maps in Sync

ArcGIS Pro Tips: Scroll Around The World

ArcGIS Pro Tips: Shortcut Savvy Navigation

ArcGIS Pro Tips: Scale-Based Symbol Sizing

ArcGIS Pro Tips: Thinking About Linking – 2D and 3D Views

ArcGIS Pro Tips: 5 Tips For Fixing Broken Data Links

ArcGIS Pro Tips: Save Time With Bookmarks

ArcGIS Pro Tips: Group Templates, Galleries, & Grids Make Editing a Snap

ArcGIS Pro Tips: This Might Just Be Your Favorite Tip Ever

ArcGIS Pro Tips: Customize Without a Line of Code

ArcGIS Pro SDK Development Series, Part 1:  Getting Started

ArcGIS Pro SDK Development Series, Part 2:  Learning the Pro SDK



Getting to Know ArcGIS Pro

GIS Tutorial 1 for ArcGIS Pro: A Platform Workbook

Understanding GIS: An ArcGIS Pro Project Workbook

Making Spatial Decisions Using ArcGIS Pro: A Workbook

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