Feature layer (geodatabase)

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Display features from a local geodatabase.

Image of feature layer geodatabase

Use case

Accessing data from a local geodatabase is useful when working in an environment that has an inconsistent internet connection or that does not have an internet connection at all. For example, a department of transportation field worker might source map data from a local geodatabase when conducting signage inspections in rural areas with poor network coverage.

How to use the sample

Pan and zoom around the map. View the data loaded from the geodatabase.

How it works

  1. Create a geodatabase using the provided local resource, new Geodatabase(geodatabaseResourceUrl).
  2. Wait for geodatabase to load, Geodatabase.addDoneLoadingListener(runnable).
  3. Get the 'Trailheads' GeodatabaseFeatureTable from the geodatabase, Geodatabase.getGeodatabaseFeatureTable(tableName).
  4. Create feature layer using the table from above, new FeatureLayer(geodatabaseFeatureTable).
  5. Add feature layer to ArcGISMap with ArcGISMap.getOperationalLayers().add(featureLayer).

Relevant API

  • FeatureLayer
  • Geodatabase
  • GeodatabaseFeatureTable

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 LA_Trails.geodatabase /Android/data/com.esri.arcgisruntime.sample.featurelayergeodatabase/files/LA_Trails.geodatabase

About the data

The sample shows trailheads in the greater Los Angeles area displayed on top of a Streets basemap.

Additional information

One of the ArcGIS Runtime data set types that can be accessed via the local storage of the device (i.e. hard drive, flash drive, micro SD card, USB stick, etc.) is a mobile geodatabase. A mobile geodatabase can be provisioned for use in an ArcGIS Runtime application by ArcMap. The following provide some helpful tips on how to create a mobile geodatabase file:

In ArcMap, choose File > Share As > ArcGIS Runtime Content from the menu items to create the .geodatabase file (see the document: http://desktop.arcgis.com/en/arcmap/latest/map/working-with-arcmap/creating-arcgis-runtime-content.htm).

Note: You could also use the 'Services Pattern' and access the Geodatabase class via a Feature Service served up via ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise. Instead of using the Geodatabase class to access the .geodatabase file on disk, you would use GeodatabaseSyncTask point to a Uri instead. For more information review the document: https://developers.arcgis.com/android/latest/guide/work-with-offline-layers.htm.


geodatabase, mobile, offline

Sample Code

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package com.esri.arcgisruntime.sample.featurelayergeodatabase;

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

import androidx.appcompat.app.AppCompatActivity;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.ArcGISRuntimeEnvironment;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.data.Geodatabase;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.data.GeodatabaseFeatureTable;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.layers.FeatureLayer;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.loadable.LoadStatus;
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;

public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity {

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

  private MapView mMapView;
  // objects that implement Loadable must be class fields to prevent being garbage collected before loading
  private Geodatabase mGeodatabase;

  protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

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

    // create map and add to map view
    ArcGISMap map = new ArcGISMap(BasemapStyle.ARCGIS_STREETS);
    mMapView = findViewById(R.id.mapView);

    // create path to local geodatabase
    String path = getExternalFilesDir(null) + getString(R.string.config_geodb_name);

    // create a new geodatabase from local path
    mGeodatabase = new Geodatabase(path);

    // load the geodatabase

    // create feature layer from geodatabase and add to the map
    mGeodatabase.addDoneLoadingListener(() -> {
      if (mGeodatabase.getLoadStatus() == LoadStatus.LOADED) {
        // access the geodatabase's feature table Trailheads
        GeodatabaseFeatureTable geodatabaseFeatureTable = mGeodatabase.getGeodatabaseFeatureTable("Trailheads");
        // create a layer from the geodatabase feature table and add to map
        final FeatureLayer featureLayer = new FeatureLayer(geodatabaseFeatureTable);
        featureLayer.addDoneLoadingListener(() -> {
          if (featureLayer.getLoadStatus() == LoadStatus.LOADED) {
            // set viewpoint to the feature layer's extent
            mMapView.setViewpointAsync(new Viewpoint(featureLayer.getFullExtent()));
          } else {
            Toast.makeText(MainActivity.this, "Feature Layer failed to load!", Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show();
            Log.e(TAG, "Feature Layer failed to load!");
        // add feature layer to the map
      } else {
        Toast.makeText(MainActivity.this, "Geodatabase failed to load!", Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show();
        Log.e(TAG, "Geodatabase failed to load!");

  protected void onPause() {

  protected void onResume() {

  protected void onDestroy() {