Feature layer update attributes

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Update feature attributes in an online feature service.

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Use case

Online feature services can be updated with new data. This is useful for updating existing data in real time while working in the field.

How to use the sample

Features in the map represent properties and are symbolized based on the type of damage to the property. Tapping on a feature displays the callout. The callout contains information about the type of damage on that property. In order to change the type of damage, tap on the info icon in the callout. Doing so displays a list of damage types values to choose from. Selecting one of the damage types will dismiss the list and update the feature with the new value.

How it works

  1. Create a ServiceFeatureTable object from a URL.
  2. Create a FeatureLayer object from the ServiceFeatureTable.
  3. Select features from the FeatureLayer.
  4. To update the feature's attribute, first load it, then use getAttributes().put(key, value).
  5. Update the table with updateFeatureAsync.
  6. After a change, apply the changes on the server using applyEditsAsync.

Relevant API

  • ArcGISFeature
  • FeatureLayer
  • ServiceFeatureTable


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Sample Code

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package com.esri.arcgisruntime.sample.featurelayerupdateattributes;

import android.content.Intent;
import android.os.Bundle;
import androidx.appcompat.app.AppCompatActivity;
import android.view.View;
import android.widget.AdapterView;
import android.widget.ArrayAdapter;
import android.widget.ListView;

 * Displays the Damage type options in a ListView.
public class DamageTypesListActivity extends AppCompatActivity {

  protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
    final String[] damageTypes = getResources().getStringArray(R.array.damage_types);

    ListView listView = (ListView) findViewById(R.id.listview);

    listView.setAdapter(new ArrayAdapter<>(this, R.layout.damage_types, damageTypes));


    listView.setOnItemClickListener(new AdapterView.OnItemClickListener() {
      public void onItemClick(AdapterView<?> parent, View view,
          int position, long id) {
        Intent myIntent = new Intent();
        myIntent.putExtra("typdamage", damageTypes[position]); //Optional parameters
        setResult(100, myIntent);


  public void onBackPressed() {