About the Geocoding tutorial

The ArcGIS Geocoding tutorial provides sample data and step-by-step instructions on how to use geocoding functionality for matching addresses. This tutorial introduces you to geocoding with ArcGIS Desktop. You will learn the basic techniques for creating address locators and geocoding with ArcGIS.

Some procedures in this tutorial require that you be familiar with using ArcCatalog and ArcMap. For example, you should know how to copy data to a new location and add data to a map. You should also have a basic understanding of what a geodatabase is and the objects it can contain. If you're new to GIS or feel you need to refresh your knowledge, take some time to read What is ArcMap? and What is ArcCatalog?, or other related topics in ArcGIS Help to help you understand many of these basic concepts.

Tutorial data

Ask your system administrator for the correct path to the tutorial data if you do not find it at the default installation path, C:\ArcGIS\ArcTutor\Geocoding, as specified in the tutorial. Before you begin the exercises, it is recommended that you make a copy of the data used in this tutorial so the original tutorial data will remain unmodified. Copy the Atlanta.gdb folder in the ArcTutor\Geocoding folder to a new location on your computer such as the C drive. The Atlanta.gdb folder contains a file geodatabase named Atlanta. Make sure the geodatabase is not read-only.

In this tutorial