Manually register a custom Esri DLL tool

The Imagery Workflows Team at Esri have an interesting Custom Raster Function tool that adds on-the-fly contour generation to the Image Analysis window in ArcMap (and/or Server).

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A year ago “it just worked” for me, but this year on my current computer no matter what I did I couldn’t get the installer to complete successfully. After various trials I’ve finally reached the tribulations! stage, documented and shared here to save others the trials. 😉

  • Close any open ArcGIS applications
  • Download and unpack the distribution archive
  • Use 7-Zip to further unpack the install_…_.exe
  • Locate the .DLLs for your platform ($_7_bin for Windows 7, $_10 for Win10)
  • Copy someplace usable, I like C:\ArcGIS\Addons\ToolName
  • Run EsriRegAsm on each .dll:
set PATH=%PATH%;C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\ArcGIS\bin

ESRIRegAsm.exe ContourRasterFunction.dll

For further details including batch install and enabling 64bit background processing see How to register dll extension with EsriRegAsm.exe?.

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