Create geometries

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Create simple geometry types.

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Use case

Geometries are used to represent real world features as vector GIS data. Points are used to mark specific XY locations, such as landmarks and other points of interest. Polylines are made up of 2 or more XY vertices and can be used to mark roads, flight paths, or boundaries. Polygons are made up of 3 or more XY vertices and can be used to represent a lake, country, or a park. Geometries can be stored as features in a database, displayed as Graphics in a map, or used for performing spatial analysis with GeometryEngine or a GeoprocessingTask.

How to use the sample

Pan and zoom freely to see the different types of geometries placed onto the map.

How it works

  1. Use the constructors for the various simple Geometry types including Point, Polyline, Multipoint, Polygon, and Envelope.
  2. To display the geometry, create a Graphic passing in the geometry, and a Symbol appropriate for the geometry type.
  3. Add the graphic to a graphics overlay and add the overlay to a map view.

Relevant API

  • Envelope
  • Multipoint
  • Point
  • PointCollection
  • Polygon
  • Polyline

Additional information

A geometry made of multiple points usually takes a PointCollection as an argument or is created through a builder.


area, boundary, line, marker, path, shape

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

import android.os.Bundle;

import com.esri.arcgisruntime.ArcGISRuntimeEnvironment;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.geometry.Envelope;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.geometry.Multipoint;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.geometry.Point;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.geometry.PointCollection;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.geometry.Polygon;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.geometry.Polyline;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.geometry.SpatialReferences;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.ArcGISMap;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.BasemapStyle;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.view.Graphic;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.view.GraphicsOverlay;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.view.MapView;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.symbology.SimpleFillSymbol;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.symbology.SimpleLineSymbol;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.symbology.SimpleMarkerSymbol;

 * Shows straightforward ways to create Point, Envelope, Multipoint, Polyline, and Polygon geometries. Shows a MapView
 * with a GraphicsOverlay containing Graphics created from the Point, Multipoint, Polyline, and Polygon geometries, and
 * sets the Viewpoint of the Map from the Envelope geometry.
public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity {

  private MapView mMapView;

  private Envelope createEnvelope() {

    //[DocRef: Name=Create Envelope, Category=Fundamentals, Topic=Geometries]
    // create an Envelope using minimum and maximum x,y coordinates and a SpatialReference
    Envelope envelope = new Envelope(-123.0, 33.5, -101.0, 48.0, SpatialReferences.getWgs84());
    //[DocRef: END]

    return envelope;

  private Point createPoint() {
    //[DocRef: Name=Create Point, Category=Fundamentals, Topic=Geometries]
    // create a Point using x,y coordinates and a SpatialReference
    Point pt = new Point(34.056295, -117.195800, SpatialReferences.getWgs84());
    //[DocRef: END]

    return pt;

  private Multipoint createMultipoint() {
    //[DocRef: Name=Create Multipoint, Category=Fundamentals, Topic=Geometries]
    // create a Multipoint from a PointCollection
    PointCollection stateCapitalsPST = new PointCollection(SpatialReferences.getWgs84());
    stateCapitalsPST.add(-121.491014, 38.579065); // Sacramento, CA
    stateCapitalsPST.add(-122.891366, 47.039231); // Olympia, WA
    stateCapitalsPST.add(-123.043814, 44.93326); // Salem, OR
    stateCapitalsPST.add(-119.766999, 39.164885); // Carson City, NV
    Multipoint multipoint = new Multipoint(stateCapitalsPST);
    //[DocRef: END]

    return multipoint;

  private Polyline createPolyline() {
    //[DocRef: Name=Create Polyline, Category=Fundamentals, Topic=Geometries]
    // create a Polyline from a PointCollection
    PointCollection borderCAtoNV = new PointCollection(SpatialReferences.getWgs84());
    borderCAtoNV.add(-119.992, 41.989);
    borderCAtoNV.add(-119.994, 38.994);
    borderCAtoNV.add(-114.620, 35.0);
    Polyline polyline = new Polyline(borderCAtoNV);
    //[DocRef: END]

    return polyline;

  private Polygon createPolygon() {
    //[DocRef: Name=Create Polygon, Category=Fundamentals, Topic=Geometries]
    // create a Polygon from a PointCollection
    PointCollection coloradoCorners = new PointCollection(SpatialReferences.getWgs84());
    coloradoCorners.add(-109.048, 40.998);
    coloradoCorners.add(-102.047, 40.998);
    coloradoCorners.add(-102.037, 36.989);
    coloradoCorners.add(-109.048, 36.998);
    Polygon polygon = new Polygon(coloradoCorners);
    //[DocRef: END]

    return polygon;

  protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

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

    // get MapView from layout
    mMapView = findViewById(;

    // create a map with the BasemapType topographic
    final ArcGISMap mMap = new ArcGISMap(BasemapStyle.ARCGIS_TOPOGRAPHIC);

    // set the map to be displayed in this view

    // create color and symbols for drawing graphics
    SimpleMarkerSymbol markerSymbol = new SimpleMarkerSymbol(SimpleMarkerSymbol.Style.TRIANGLE, Color.BLUE, 14);
    SimpleFillSymbol fillSymbol = new SimpleFillSymbol(SimpleFillSymbol.Style.CROSS, Color.BLUE, null);
    SimpleLineSymbol lineSymbol = new SimpleLineSymbol(SimpleLineSymbol.Style.SOLID, Color.BLUE, 3);

    // add a graphic of point, multipoint, polyline and polygon.
    GraphicsOverlay overlay = new GraphicsOverlay();
    overlay.getGraphics().add(new Graphic(createPolygon(), fillSymbol));
    overlay.getGraphics().add(new Graphic(createPolyline(), lineSymbol));
    overlay.getGraphics().add(new Graphic(createMultipoint(), markerSymbol));
    overlay.getGraphics().add(new Graphic(createPoint(), markerSymbol));

    // use the envelope to set the map viewpoint
    mMapView.setViewpointGeometryAsync(createEnvelope(), getResources().getDimension(R.dimen.viewpoint_padding));


  protected void onPause() {

  protected void onResume() {

  protected void onDestroy() {