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How To: Share folder connections in ArcCatalog with other machines


Universal Naming Convention (UNC) allows a path to be identified without specifying a drive letter. For example:


The instructions provided in this article demonstrate how to use UNC paths to share ArcCatalog folder connections with other machines on a network.


  1. Add the Location toolbar to ArcCatalog by selecting View > Toolbars > Location.

    For ArcGIS 10.x, select Customize > Toolbars > Location.

  2. Type the full UNC path into the Location text box and press Enter.
    [O-Image] ArcCatalog location text box

  3. Close ArcCatalog.
  4. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to:

    %USERPROFILE%\Application Data\Esri\ArcCatalog

    For ArcGIS 10.x, navigate to:


  5. Copy and paste the ArcCatalog.gx file to the same directory on another machine.

Last Published: 5/5/2016

Article ID: 000006453

Software: ArcMap 10.4.1, 10.4, 10.3.1, 10.3, 10.2.2, 10.2.1, 10.2, 10.1, 10