Software You Need for GIS247

You will need certain software to successfully access the presentations, data files and pdf documents available from our training courses. Please find below our guidance on the software versions for your internet browser and pdf viewer software that will enhance your enjoyment of GIS247. Of course, exercise all usual due caution when installing any new software to your computer.


The presentations will play within your internet browser but it is usually a good idea to install the latest version of your preferred browser. We recommend using Google Chrome for the best experience with GIS247. Although the presentations should work in other browsers, we specifically support the following: Google Chrome - v1 and later, Microsoft Internet Explorer - v9 and later, Mozilla Firefox - v3 and later.

The presentations for ArcGIS 9.3.1 & earlier and MapInfo 10.5 & earlier require the free Adobe Flash Player. This no longer functions in Google Chrome, so if you wish to access these older videos, use a different browser. In a non-Chrome browser, access the free Flash player Adobe Flash Player. If you have any problems viewing a presentation, contact your lead administrator via your MyGIS page.

Data Files

The data files for the exercises are zip files. Any good quality zip utility that allows you to restore the paths held in the zip file should be sufficient. Windows OS from XP onwards include native zip file support. Make sure that you follow the instructions on the How to Set Up Course Data video for unzipping the data or the instructions in the relevant ReadMe file for a specific course. Simply access these files as and when you need them for the course you are following.

Exercises/Factsheets/Other PDFs

Any documents available from are PDF documents. Most modern browsers include native PDF support so you do not need to install any software other than your preferred browser.

GIS Software

Please note that you need access to a licence of ArcGIS, ArcGIS Pro, QGIS or MapInfo to undertake the training exercises. We supply the data and appropriate ‘project’ files which you download onto the computer with the GIS software installed. You can then use your GIS software with the data and work through the course exercises that you access from each course section.

Trial versions of ArcGIS and MapInfo software can be downloaded for FREE.
ArcGIS free trial
MapInfo free trial
These can be used to undertake the GIS247 exercises.

ArcGIS for Personal Use
For individuals wishing to learn/use ArcGIS for their personal use, there is an ArcGIS for Personal Use licence that can be purchased from Esri at a very discounted rate.
Users from the USA and other countries visit
Users from the UK & Ireland visit

As OpenSource software, QGIS is free to download and use. Visit for more information.

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