Run GIS software on Mac OS

Software and License for Mac Users

ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Pro and ERDAS are Windows software.  You have to host a Windows OS before installing GIS software.

Hosting a Windows system under Mac system

Mac users can use Parallels or Boot Camp to host Windows 10. 

  • Windows 10
  • Parallels for Mac
    • Parallels allows you to run Windows without creating a partition on your machine.
    • An annual license subscription is available from at a discounted price.
    • A perpetual license is available from Parallels.
    • Recommended settings for Parallels to run ArcGIS Pro
      • Run the Mojave operating system or later.
      • Disable the Auto graphics switching option in the Mac system settings and Parallels.
      • Set the GPU memory assignment to Auto.
      • Assign at least 2 virtual CPUs to the machine.
  • Apple's Boot Camp