What is ArcCatalog?

The ArcCatalog application provides a catalog window that is used to organize and manage various types of geographic information for ArcGIS for Desktop. The kinds of information that can be organized and managed in ArcCatalog includes:

ArcCatalog organizes these contents into a tree view that you can work with to organize your GIS datasets and ArcGIS documents, search and find information items, and to manage them.

ArcCatalog presents this information in a tree view and allows you to select a GIS item, view its properties, and to access tools to operate on the selected item(s).

The ArcCatalog application

ArcCatalog is used to:


As an alternative to using ArcCatalog, you can open and work with the Catalog Window within ArcMap, ArcGlobe, and ArcScene in which all the same functions and tasks can be performed.