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How to authorize ArcGIS for Desktop license on disconnected computers

For computers which can't be connected to the Internet at all, authorizing ArcGIS for Desktop license involves the following steps:

Have access to both the disconnected computer (PC1) which you need to run ArcGIS for Desktop on, and another computer which is connected to the Internet (PC2). Also prepare a USB drive to move files between the two.

From PC2:

From PC1:

  • Install ArcGIS for Desktop from the USB drive following instructions
  • Launch ArcGIS Administrator
  • Select the Desktop folder on the left hand side of the screen.
  • On the right hand side select the licensing level assingle use.
  • Click authorize now.
  • Select the first option 'I have installed the software and now need to authorize the license'. Click next.
  • Select the second option 'Authorize at esri's website or by email to receive your authorization file'. Click next.
  • Fill in the authorization information.
  • Enter the authorization code. Hit next.
  • Enter the authorization code for extensions if any. Hit next.
  • Click the save button and save the file as 'authorize.txt' on the USB drive

From PC2:

  • Browse to https://my.esri.com/#/activations/secure-site
  • Upload the 'authorize.txt' file
  • The page will refresh and give a download button
  • Download it. The file will be named 'xxx.respc'
  • Alternatively, you may email the 'authorize.txt' file to authorize@esri.com
  • They will email you back the  'xxx.respc' file
  • Save the 'xxx.respc' file on the USB drive

From PC1:

  • Double click this '.respc' file
  • It will take you to the authorization page. Hit next.
  • It will give you a 'successful authorization' message.