Colormap renderer

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Apply a colormap renderer to a raster.

Image of colormap renderer

Use case

A colormap renderer transforms pixel values in a raster to display raster data based on specific colors, aiding in visual analysis of the data. For example, a forestry commission may want to quickly visualize areas above and below the tree-line line occurring at a known elevation on a raster containing elevation values. They could overlay a transparent colormap set to color those areas below the tree-line elevation green, and those above white.

How to use the sample

Pan and zoom to explore the effect of the colormap applied to the raster.

How it works

  1. Create a Raster from a raster file.
  2. Create a RasterLayer from the raster.
  3. Create a List<Integer> representing colors. Colors at the beginning of the list replace the darkest values in the raster and colors at the end of the list replaced the brightest values of the raster.
  4. Create a ColormapRenderer with the color list: ColormapRenderer(colors), and apply it to the raster layer with rasterLayer.setRasterRenderer(colormapRenderer).

Relevant API

  • ColormapRenderer
  • Raster
  • RasterLayer

Offline Data

  1. Download the data from ArcGIS Online.
  2. Extract the contents of the downloaded zip file to disk.
  3. Open your command prompt and navigate to the folder where you extracted the contents of the data from step 1.
  4. Push the data into the scoped storage of the sample app: adb push shasta /Android/data/com.esri.arcgisruntime.sample.colormaprenderer/files/shasta

About the data

The raster used in this sample shows an area in the south of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California.


colormap, data, raster, renderer, visualization

Sample Code
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package com.esri.arcgisruntime.sample.colormaprenderer;

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.List;

import android.os.Bundle;
import android.util.Log;
import android.widget.Toast;

import com.esri.arcgisruntime.ArcGISRuntimeEnvironment;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.layers.RasterLayer;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.loadable.LoadStatus;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.ArcGISMap;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.Basemap;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.BasemapStyle;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.view.MapView;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.raster.ColormapRenderer;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.raster.Raster;

 * A sample class which demonstrates the ColorMapRenderer.
public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity {

  private final static String TAG = MainActivity.class.getSimpleName();

  private MapView mMapView;

  protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
    // retrieve the MapView from layout
    mMapView = findViewById(;

    // authentication with an API key or named user is required to access basemaps and other
    // location services

    // create a raster from a local raster file
    Raster raster = new Raster(getExternalFilesDir(null) + getString(R.string.shasta_b_w));
    // create a raster layer
    final RasterLayer rasterLayer = new RasterLayer(raster);
    // create a Map with imagery basemap
    ArcGISMap map = new ArcGISMap(BasemapStyle.ARCGIS_IMAGERY);
    // add the map to a map view
    // add the raster as an operational layer
    // create a color map where values 0-149 are red (Color.RED) and 150-250 are yellow (Color.Yellow)
    List<Integer> colors = new ArrayList<>();
    for (int i = 0; i <= 250; i++) {
      if (i < 150) {
        colors.add(i, Color.RED);
      } else {
        colors.add(i, Color.YELLOW);
    // create a colormap renderer
    ColormapRenderer colormapRenderer = new ColormapRenderer(colors);
    // set the ColormapRenderer on the RasterLayer
    // set Viewpoint on the Raster
    rasterLayer.addDoneLoadingListener(new Runnable() {
      public void run() {
        if (rasterLayer.getLoadStatus() == LoadStatus.LOADED) {
          mMapView.setViewpointGeometryAsync(rasterLayer.getFullExtent(), 50);
        } else {
          String error = "RasterLayer failed to load: " + rasterLayer.getLoadError().getMessage();
          Log.e(TAG, error);
          Toast.makeText(MainActivity.this, error, Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show();

  protected void onPause() {

  protected void onResume() {

  protected void onDestroy() {