Here comes ArcGIS Pro 3.0!

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With ArcGIS Pro 3.0 being released this month (in the next 2 days) – university IT and faculty are probably already curious about the ramifications for their fall courses.

As you start planning for what software you will support and recommend for labs and coursework, please keep some of these notes in mind:

  • Almost anything that is created or saved with ArcGIS Pro 3.0, cannot be opened or used with ArcGIS Pro 2.X (you can read all the details here: Migration from Pro 2.x to 3.0
  • When users go to save an ArcGIS Pro 2.X project that they opened with ArcGIS Pro 3.0, they will be presented with a warning that the project will no longer work with 2.x versions
  • One important exception to this – are ‘Project Packages’. Users will be able to create a Project Package in ArcGIS Pro 3.0 and then users can open this with ArcGIS Pro 2.x.
  • Computers will require the .NET 6 Desktop Runtime x64 to install ArcGIS Pro 3.0
  • If you run ArcGIS Pro on concurrent use licenses, ensure that you update to the ArcGIS License Manager 2022.0
  • Users will receive 'update' notifications in ArcGIS Pro unless these have been disabled by the administrator. 

If you want any additional details on some of the notes above, please see Kory Kramer’s recent blog, Get Ready for ArcGIS Pro 3.0:

If there is anything else that you have questions or concerns about, please just reach out.

Occasional Contributor II

I opened arcGIS pro today and made the poor decision to update.

I cannot open ANY of the projects I was working on an hour ago. The window just loads and loads and loads, and has been for the past 45 minutes with no error messages, just blank spinning circle. There is months of work in here that is unaccessible! Please help and why was there no warning of incompatibility or issues with previous arcGIS Pro versions (I have always installed when suggested)?


Esri Regular Contributor

@AurelieShapiro - I'm sorry to hear about that! I installed yesterday and everything has actually been going really smoothly for me thus far. I had a couple projects that I opened that are working well.

You have a couple options that I would recommend. 

1) If you weren't able to 'save' any of those old projects in ArcGIS Pro 3, then you could just remove ArcGIS Pro 3 and then reinstall 2.X. In your ArcGIS Online settings pane - you can download older versions of Pro (My Settings, Licenses, then scroll down and find ArcGIS Pro)


2) You could send an e-mail over to Esri Support ( and open up a ticket. Honestly, they would love to get this feedback to track and resolve the issue. It would also help other users that are in the same situation.


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Brian works as a Solution Engineer at Esri to support customers in Education. Brian has worked as a lecturer in GIS, supported non-profits through his community planning work, and honestly just loves working with users to help solve their geospatial quandaries!