Display WFS layer

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Display a layer from a WFS service, requesting only features for the current extent.

Image of display WFS layer

Use case

WFS is an open standard with functionality similar to ArcGIS feature services. Runtime support for WFS allows you to interoperate with open systems, which are often used in inter-agency efforts, like those for disaster relief.

How to use the sample

Pan and zoom to see features within the current map extent.

How it works

  1. Create a WfsFeatureTable with a URL.
  2. Create a FeatureLayer from the feature table and add it to the map.
  3. Add a NavigationChangedListener to the map view and listen for a NavigationChangedEvent. Check if it isNavigating() to detect when the user has stopped navigating the map.
  4. When the user is finished navigating, use populateFromServiceAsync(...) to load the table with data for the current visible extent.

Relevant API

  • FeatureLayer
  • WfsFeatureTable
  • WfsFeatureTable.populateFromServiceAsync

About the data

This service shows building footprints for downtown Seattle. For additional information, see the underlying service on ArcGIS Online.


browse, catalog, feature, interaction cache, layers, OGC, service, web, WFS

Sample Code

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package com.esri.arcgisruntime.sample.displaywfslayer;

import android.graphics.Color;
import android.os.Bundle;

import androidx.appcompat.app.AppCompatActivity;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.ArcGISRuntimeEnvironment;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.data.QueryParameters;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.data.ServiceFeatureTable;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.geometry.Envelope;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.geometry.Point;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.layers.FeatureLayer;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.ArcGISMap;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.BasemapStyle;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.Viewpoint;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.view.MapView;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.ogc.wfs.WfsFeatureTable;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.symbology.SimpleLineSymbol;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.symbology.SimpleRenderer;

public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity {

  private MapView mMapView;

  protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

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

    mMapView = findViewById(R.id.mapView);

    // create a map with topographic basemap and set it to the map view
    ArcGISMap map = new ArcGISMap(BasemapStyle.ARCGIS_TOPOGRAPHIC);

    // create an initial extent to load
    Point topLeft = new Point(-13618106.950944, 6042391.201455);
    Point bottomRight = new Point(-13617513.444292, 6041961.243171);
    Envelope initialExtent = new Envelope(topLeft, bottomRight);
    mMapView.setViewpoint(new Viewpoint(initialExtent));

    // create a FeatureTable from the WFS service URL and name of the layer
    WfsFeatureTable wfsFeatureTable = new WfsFeatureTable(getString(R.string.wfs_service_url),

    // set the feature request mode to manual in this mode, you must manually populate the table - panning and zooming
    // won't request features automatically

    // create a feature layer to visualize the WFS features
    FeatureLayer wfsFeatureLayer = new FeatureLayer(wfsFeatureTable);

    // apply a renderer to the feature layer
    SimpleRenderer renderer = new SimpleRenderer(new SimpleLineSymbol(SimpleLineSymbol.Style.SOLID, Color.RED, 3));

    // add the layer to the map's operational layers

    // make an initial call to load the initial extent's data from the WFS, using the WFS spatial reference
    populateFromServer(wfsFeatureTable, initialExtent);

    // use the navigation completed event to populate the table with the features needed for the current extent
    mMapView.addNavigationChangedListener(navigationChangedEvent -> {
      // once the map view has stopped navigating
      if (!navigationChangedEvent.isNavigating()) {
        populateFromServer(wfsFeatureTable, mMapView.getVisibleArea().getExtent());

   * Create query parameters using the given extent to populate the WFS table from service.
   * @param wfsFeatureTable the WFS feature table to populate
   * @param extent          the extent used to define the QueryParameters' geometry
  private void populateFromServer(WfsFeatureTable wfsFeatureTable, Envelope extent) {
    // create a query based on the current visible extent
    QueryParameters visibleExtentQuery = new QueryParameters();
    // populate the WFS feature table based on the current extent
    wfsFeatureTable.populateFromServiceAsync(visibleExtentQuery, false, null);

  protected void onPause() {

  protected void onResume() {

  @Override protected void onDestroy() {