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ArcReader is a free, easy-to-use desktop mapping application that allows you to view, explore and print maps and globes. Anyone with ArcReader can view high-quality interactive maps authored by ArcMap and published with the ArcGIS Publisher extension.

With ArcReader, you can

View, navigate & print

published ArcGIS maps using ArcReader (.pmf files).

Deploy your GIS data

to novices and professionals alike.

Zoom, pan & switch

between map and page layout views.

Communicate more efficiently

with the ability to graphically mark up maps.

Print published map & globe documents

Including all layer symbology and cartographic map elements on any supported printer.

Create custom ArcReader applications

Embed ArcReader capabilities into existing applications.

Key Features


ArcReader is a free and easy-to-use application that allows users to view and print maps that are published as Published Map Files (PMF) by the ArcGIS Publisher extension to ArcGIS for Desktop. PMF files preserve a live connection to the data, so the user's data view is always dynamic.

ArcReader significantly increases access to maps throughout all parts of an organisation, introducing a new way for individuals and enterprises to share information that was once limited to those with advanced GIS software on their computers.

The key capabilities of ArcReader are

  • Zooming in/out
  • Panning
  • Going to previous/next extent
  • Viewing spatial bookmarks
  • Viewing and printing previously authored map layouts
  • Searching with the Find tool
  • Identifying features
  • Using the hyperlink tool
  • Measuring features

System Requirements


ArcReader is free to use and has been certified for Windows operating systems. ArcReader requires Microsoft .NET Framework to be installed. Read the complete list of System Requirements for additional information.

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