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R-ArcGIS bridge


  • 32-bit version required for ArcMap, 64-bit version required for ArcGIS Pro (Note: the installer installs both by default).
  • 64-bit version can be used with ArcMap by installing Background Geoprocessing and configuring scripts to run in the background. NOTE: Background geoprocessing only allows using the bridge from ArcGIS, not from within R itself.


# Install latest version:
> install.packages("arcgisbinding", repos="", type="win.binary")

For most users, the easiest way to install is using the installation toolbox which will install and configure the bridge for ArcGIS 10.3.1+ and Pro 1.1+. Alternatively, downloading the release can be manually installed into R, as shown in this screencast.

Basic GP Tool script

tool_exec <- function (in_params, out_params)
  value0 <- in_params[[1]]
# ...
  return (out_params)
  • tool_exec(in_params, out_params) main function
  • in_params list of all input parameters. You can get parameter value by index in_params[[1]] or by parameter name in_params$param1
  • output_params list of all output and derived parameters.

Using arcgisbinding in standalone R script

> library(arcgisbinding)
> arc.check_product()
> d <-"c:/mydb.gdb/points")



> git clone`
> cd r-bridge\buid\
> build.bat pro desktop
Build dependencies:
Documentation dependencies:

Project Details

Check out the R-ArcGIS Website for related projects and extensions built on this library.


This package depends on the R Statistical Computing Software:

Copyright (C) 2015 The R Foundation for Statistical Computing R is free software and comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY. See the COPYRIGHTS file for details.


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