Add the plugin to a new project

Creating a new project

  1. To launch Unreal Engine, open the Epic Games launcher and click on Library. Choose the correct version and click Launch. When you launch Unreal Engine, the Unreal Project Browser automatically opens.

  2. Under Recent projects, select the development category that best matches your industry.

    Select a category

  3. Select a template for your project from the list. We recommend using a blank template to initialize the plugin.

    Select a template

  4. Set the project to a C++ project. This will create a Visual Studio project and fulfills the requirement to have at least one empty C++ class in the source code folder. You can select the quality/performance level, target platform, whether to include Starter Content, and more. See the Deployment page for more information.

    Project settings

  5. At the bottom of the window, select where you want to store your project, and give your project a name. Click Create to finish.

    Create a new project

For more information on project settings see Creating a New Project from Unreal Engine 5 Documentation.

Install the plugin

The ArcGIS Maps SDK for Unreal Engine plugin is delivered as a zip archive and available on the Esri Early Adopter site. To access the download page, click ArcGIS Maps SDK for Game Engines in the top menu bar and select Software Downloads.

  1. Exit Unreal Engine and close Visual Studio. Then create a Plugins folder in the main project directory.

    Create plugin folder under project directory

  2. Extract the ArcGISMapsSDK folder from the .zip file and copy it to the new Plugins folder.

    Place ArcGISMapsSDK folder

  3. When you open the project, you can find ArcGIS Maps SDK for Unreal Engine is enabled in Plugins.

    Plugins

    To open the project:

    • Double-click the project in the Epic Games launcher or Unreal Engine Project Browser.

    • Double-click the .uproject in the main project directory.

    • Open the .sln file in the main project directory and launch the project from Visual Studio. For information about setting up Visual Studio for Unreal Engine, see the Unreal Engine 5 documentation.

  4. Click Window in the menu bar and select World Settings.

    Open World Wettings

  5. Open Advanced under World and check the Enable Large Worlds.

    Enable Large Worlds

Next steps

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