Feature layer update geometry

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Update a feature's location in an online feature service.

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Use case

Sometimes users may want to edit features in an online feature service by moving them.

How to use the sample

Tap a feature to select it. Tap again to set the updated location for that feature. An alert will be shown confirming success or failure.

How it works

  1. Create a ServiceFeatureTable object from a URL.
  2. Create a FeatureLayer object from the ServiceFeatureTable.
  3. Identify layers from the feature layer to find features, and select a feature with selectFeatures(identifiedFeature).
  4. Change the selected feature's location using identifiedFeature.setGeometry(...).
  5. After the change, update the table on the server using applyEditsAsync().

Relevant API

  • Feature
  • FeatureLayer
  • ServiceFeatureTable


editing, feature layer, feature table, moving, service, updating

Sample Code

/* Copyright 2016 ESRI
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 * You may freely redistribute and use this sample code, with or
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package com.esri.arcgisruntime.samples.featurelayerupdategeometry;

import java.util.List;
import java.util.concurrent.ExecutionException;

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

import androidx.appcompat.app.AppCompatActivity;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.ArcGISRuntimeEnvironment;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.concurrent.ListenableFuture;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.data.ArcGISFeature;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.data.FeatureEditResult;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.data.ServiceFeatureTable;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.geometry.GeometryEngine;
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.GeoElement;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.Viewpoint;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.view.DefaultMapViewOnTouchListener;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.view.IdentifyLayerResult;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.view.MapView;

public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity {

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

  private MapView mMapView;
  private FeatureLayer mFeatureLayer;
  private boolean mFeatureSelected = true;
  // objects that implement Loadable must be class fields to prevent being garbage collected before loading
  private ArcGISFeature mIdentifiedFeature;

  protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

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

    // get a reference to the map view
    mMapView = findViewById(R.id.mapView);

    // create a map with the streets basemap
    ArcGISMap map = new ArcGISMap(BasemapStyle.ARCGIS_STREETS);

    // set the map to be displayed in the MapView

    // set an initial viewpoint
    mMapView.setViewpoint(new Viewpoint(34.057386, -117.191455, 100000000));

    // create feature layer with its service feature table
    final ServiceFeatureTable serviceFeatureTable = new ServiceFeatureTable(getString(R.string.sample_service_url));
    mFeatureLayer = new FeatureLayer(serviceFeatureTable);

    // add the layer to the map

    Toast.makeText(getApplicationContext(), "Tap on a feature to select it.", Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show();

    // set an on touch listener to listen for click events
    mMapView.setOnTouchListener(new DefaultMapViewOnTouchListener(this, mMapView) {
      public boolean onSingleTapConfirmed(MotionEvent motionEvent) {

        if (mFeatureSelected) {
          android.graphics.Point screenCoordinate = new android.graphics.Point(Math.round(motionEvent.getX()),
          double tolerance = 20;

          // identify Layers to find features
          final ListenableFuture<IdentifyLayerResult> identifyFuture = mMapView
              .identifyLayerAsync(mFeatureLayer, screenCoordinate, tolerance, false, 1);
          identifyFuture.addDoneListener(() -> {
            try {
              // call get on the future to get the result
              IdentifyLayerResult layerResult = identifyFuture.get();
              List<GeoElement> resultGeoElements = layerResult.getElements();

              if (!resultGeoElements.isEmpty()) {
                if (resultGeoElements.get(0) instanceof ArcGISFeature) {
                  mIdentifiedFeature = (ArcGISFeature) resultGeoElements.get(0);
                  // select the identified feature
                  mFeatureSelected = false;
                  Toast.makeText(getApplicationContext(), "Feature Selected. Tap on map to update its geometry.",
                } else {
                  Toast.makeText(getApplicationContext(), "No Features Selected. Tap on a feature.", Toast.LENGTH_LONG)
            } catch (InterruptedException | ExecutionException e) {
              Log.e(TAG, "Update feature failed: " + e.getMessage());
        } else {
          Point movedPoint = mMapView.screenToLocation(new android.graphics.Point(Math.round(motionEvent.getX()), Math.round(motionEvent.getY())));
          final Point normalizedPoint = (Point) GeometryEngine.normalizeCentralMeridian(movedPoint);
          mIdentifiedFeature.addDoneLoadingListener(() -> {
            final ListenableFuture<Void> updateFuture = mFeatureLayer.getFeatureTable().updateFeatureAsync(mIdentifiedFeature);
            updateFuture.addDoneListener(() -> {
              try {
                // track the update
                // apply edits once the update has completed
                if (updateFuture.isDone()) {
                  mFeatureSelected = true;
                } else {
                  Log.e(TAG, "Update feature failed!");
              } catch (InterruptedException | ExecutionException e1) {
                Log.e(TAG, "Update feature failed: " + e1.getMessage());
        return super.onSingleTapConfirmed(motionEvent);

   * Applies edits to the FeatureService
  private void applyEditsToServer() {
    final ListenableFuture<List<FeatureEditResult>> applyEditsFuture = ((ServiceFeatureTable) mFeatureLayer
    applyEditsFuture.addDoneListener(() -> {
      try {
        // get results of edit
        List<FeatureEditResult> featureEditResultsList = applyEditsFuture.get();
        if (!featureEditResultsList.get(0).hasCompletedWithErrors()) {
              "Applied Geometry Edits to Server. ObjectID: " + featureEditResultsList.get(0).getObjectId(),
      } catch (InterruptedException | ExecutionException e) {
        Log.e(TAG, "Update feature failed: " + e.getMessage());

  protected void onPause() {

  protected void onResume() {

  @Override protected void onDestroy() {