Compare Esri ArcGIS vs QGIS

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comparison of Esri ArcGIS vs. QGIS
based on data from user reviews. Esri ArcGIS rates 4.4/5 stars with 372 reviews. QGIS rates 4.3/5 stars with 86 reviews. Each product's score is calculated by real-time data from verified user reviews.

Pricing

 
ArcGIS Online Subscription Plan Information
https://www.esri.com/en-us/arcgis/products/arcgis-online/pricing
per year/per user
 
Additional Named Users and Service Credits
https://www.esri.com/en-us/arcgis/products/arcgis-online/pricing
1,000 credits
 
Free Trial
Free Trial Unavailable
Esri ArcGIS
ArcGIS Online Subscription Plan Information
https://www.esri.com/en-us/arcgis/products/arcgis-online/pricingper year/per user
Additional Named Users and Service Credits
https://www.esri.com/en-us/arcgis/products/arcgis-online/pricing1,000 credits
Free Trial
QGIS
Free Trial Unavailable

Ratings

Meets Requirements
Meets Requirements
8.8
8.4
Ease of Use
Ease of Use
7.1
7.9
Ease of Setup
Ease of Setup
6.9
9.0
Ease of Admin
Ease of Admin
7.1
8.6
Quality of Support
Quality of Support
8.1
7.3
Ease of Doing Business With
Ease of Doing Business With
8.2
8.9
Product Direction (% positive)
Product Direction (% positive)
8.3
8.6
Meets Requirements
Esri ArcGIS
8.8
QGIS
8.4
Ease of Use
Esri ArcGIS
7.1
QGIS
7.9
Ease of Setup
Esri ArcGIS
6.9
QGIS
9.0
Ease of Admin
Esri ArcGIS
7.1
QGIS
8.6
Quality of Support
Esri ArcGIS
8.1
QGIS
7.3
Ease of Doing Business With
Esri ArcGIS
8.2
QGIS
8.9
Product Direction (% positive)
Esri ArcGIS
8.3
QGIS
8.6

Features

Data Management
Data Capture
Esri ArcGIS
9.2
QGIS
9.0
Data Storage
Esri ArcGIS
8.6
QGIS
8.7
Data Manipulation
Esri ArcGIS
9.2
QGIS
8.8
Data Visualization
Esri ArcGIS
9.3
QGIS
8.9
Map Creation
Geocoding
Esri ArcGIS
8.8
QGIS
9.0
Buffer Zone Query
Esri ArcGIS
9.1
QGIS
9.0
Overlaying
Esri ArcGIS
9.3
QGIS
9.2
Publishing
Esri ArcGIS
9.0
QGIS
8.7
Analysis
Spatial Analysis
Esri ArcGIS
9.3
QGIS
8.8
Reporting
Esri ArcGIS
8.4
QGIS
8.8
Real-Time Streaming
Esri ArcGIS
9.2
QGIS
8.6

Reviewers' Company Size

Small-Business (50 or fewer emp.)
Small-Business
(50 or fewer emp.)
25.3%
30.2%
Mid-Market (51-1000 emp.)
Mid-Market
(51-1000 emp.)
37.4%
27.9%
Enterprise (> 1000 emp.)
Enterprise
(> 1000 emp.)
37.4%
41.9%
Esri ArcGIS
Small-Business
25.3%
Mid-Market
37.4%
Enterprise
37.4%
QGIS
Small-Business
30.2%
Mid-Market
27.9%
Enterprise
41.9%

Reviewers' Industry

 
Government Administration
18.5%
Government Administration
15.1%
 
Environmental Services
9.7%
Environmental Services
11.6%
 
Higher Education
9.4%
Information Technology and Services
9.3%
 
Civil Engineering
8.1%
Research
8.1%
 
Utilities
7.0%
Higher Education
7.0%
 
Other
47.3%
Other
48.8%
Esri ArcGIS
Government Administration
18.5%
Environmental Services
9.7%
Higher Education
9.4%
Civil Engineering
8.1%
Utilities
7.0%
Other
47.3%
QGIS
Government Administration
15.1%
Environmental Services
11.6%
Information Technology and Services
9.3%
Research
8.1%
Higher Education
7.0%
Other
48.8%

Reviews

Most Helpful Favorable Review
Most Helpful Favorable Review
User in Oil & Energy

ArcGIS is a widely used GIS software program by ESRI which comes in three flavors (Basic, Standard, Advanced). It can be further enabled with extensions such as Spatial Analyst, 3D Analyst, etc. to help with specific GIS data and analysis. ArcGIS can work...

Darren C.
Administrator in Government Administration

QGIS is a hugely feature-rich, incredible powerful piece of GIS software. It's also very easy to use, with an extremely well thought out interface that keeps things simple for new users or those with lesser needs, while still allowing for lots of...

Most Helpful Critical Review
Most Helpful Critical Review
John E.
Agency

It can freeze at times and work can get lost randomly.

Jeffry E.
Industry Analyst / Tech Writer in Aviation & Aerospace

The user interface of Qgis is not nearly as clean and refined as the paid alternatives. Online mapping is also becoming a bigger player in the GIS world and Qgis has slim offerings in this area.

 
Esri ArcGIS
Most Helpful Favorable Review
User in Oil & Energy

ArcGIS is a widely used GIS software program by ESRI which comes in three flavors (Basic, Standard, Advanced). It can be further enabled with extensions such as Spatial Analyst, 3D Analyst, etc. to help with specific GIS data and analysis. ArcGIS can work...

Most Helpful Critical Review
John E.
Agency

It can freeze at times and work can get lost randomly.

QGIS
Most Helpful Favorable Review
Darren C.
Administrator in Government Administration

QGIS is a hugely feature-rich, incredible powerful piece of GIS software. It's also very easy to use, with an extremely well thought out interface that keeps things simple for new users or those with lesser needs, while still allowing for lots of...

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jeffry E.
Industry Analyst / Tech Writer in Aviation & Aerospace

The user interface of Qgis is not nearly as clean and refined as the paid alternatives. Online mapping is also becoming a bigger player in the GIS world and Qgis has slim offerings in this area.

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Videos

 

See how Horry Telephone Cooperative uses ArcGIS Online to analyze its business data.

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Esri ArcGIS

See how Horry Telephone Cooperative uses ArcGIS Online to analyze its business data.

QGIS
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