Newby question. Can you program and run ArcPy without having ArgGIS Pro or ArcGIS Desktop installed? Is it enough to have Python and Jupyter Notebook installed along with the ArcPy plugin?
With Pro... python, Jupyter, arcpy and Pro are all contained within a conda package distribution, so No.
With ArcMap, No. Arcpy is at many levels tied directly to one of the esri products, so you just can't run stuff on machines with neither installed.
According to the ArcGIS API for Python System requirements page lists only 1 requirement:
System requirementsIn order to use version ArcGIS API for Python, you need Python 3.5 or later.
In order to use version ArcGIS API for Python, you need Python 3.5 or later.
I wouldn't say that statement is incorrect, just incomplete. Installing the ArcGIS API for Python in a clean Miniconda installation gives a better idea of requirements (I created a new arcgis virtual environment):
C:\Users\bixb0012\Miniconda3>Scripts\Conda.exe install -n arcgis -c esri arcgisThe following NEW packages will be INSTALLED: arcgis: 1.3.0-py35hdae95b8_1 esri bleach: 2.1.2-py35_0 certifi: 2017.11.5-py35h456c6ae_0 colorama: 0.3.9-py35h32a752f_0 decorator: 4.2.1-py35_0 entrypoints: 0.2.3-py35hb91ced9_2 html5lib: 1.0.1-py35h047fa9f_0 ipykernel: 4.8.0-py35_0 ipython: 6.2.1-py35h4a2ac14_1 ipython_genutils: 0.2.0-py35ha709e79_0 ipywidgets: 5.2.2-py35_1 jedi: 0.11.1-py35_0 jinja2: 2.10-py35hdf652bb_0 jsonschema: 2.6.0-py35h27d56d3_0 jupyter_client: 5.2.1-py35_0 jupyter_core: 4.4.0-py35h629ba7f_0 markupsafe: 1.0-py35hc253e08_1 mistune: 0.8.3-py35_0 nbconvert: 5.3.1-py35h98d6c46_0 nbformat: 4.4.0-py35h908c9d9_0 notebook: 5.3.1-py35_0 numpy: 1.10.1-py35_0 pandas: 0.20.3-py35he2ce742_2 pandoc: 22.214.171.124-hb2460c7_1 pandocfilters: 1.4.2-py35h978f723_1 parso: 0.1.1-py35he39c48a_0 pickleshare: 0.7.4-py35h2f9f535_0 pip: 9.0.1-py35h691316f_4 prompt_toolkit: 1.0.15-py35h89c7cb4_0 pygments: 2.2.0-py35h24c0941_0 python: 3.5.3-5 esri python-dateutil: 2.6.1-py35h6b299a3_1 pytz: 2017.3-py35hb294b1a_0 pyzmq: 16.0.3-py35h1861011_0 send2trash: 1.4.2-py35_0 setuptools: 38.4.0-py35_0 simplegeneric: 0.8.1-py35h6406082_0 six: 1.11.0-py35hc1da2df_1 testpath: 0.3.1-py35h06cf69e_0 tornado: 4.5.3-py35_0 traitlets: 4.3.2-py35h09b975b_0 vc: 14-h0510ff6_3 vs2015_runtime: 14.0.25420-0 esri wcwidth: 0.1.7-py35h6e80d8a_0 webencodings: 0.5.1-py35h5d527fb_1 wheel: 0.30.0-py35h38a90bc_1 widgetsnbextension: 1.2.6-py35_3 esri win_unicode_console: 0.5-py35h56988b5_0 wincertstore: 0.2-py35hfebbdb8_0 winkerberos: 0.6.0-py35_0
The ArcGIS API for Python (a.k.a. arcgis) has quite a few dependencies. Fortunately, if you are using Conda to install it, the dependencies are taken care of for you.
Note, installing arcgis through Conda also installs Python 3.5.3-5. The packaging of the ArcGIS API for Python has gotten tighter over time. Each release is now developed against a specific version of Python, which makes the statement, "you need Python 3.5 or later", on the requirements page partially incorrect.
If you install the ArcGIS API for Python on a machine without ArcGIS Pro, you will not have access to ArcPy, so some of the functionality of the ArcGIS API for Python will not be available.
Hi Joshua, thanks for your comment! You are correct, there are many other packages that will install alongside the API to give it additional functionality. ArcPy, which is only bundled with Pro, is one of these packages. The API can still accomplish a lot without ArcPy, it all depends on how you use the API.You are right, that Systems Requirement page is a bit incomplete: we'll work to update it so it contains more information about the dependencies. Thanks for your input!
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