Hillshade renderer

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Apply a hillshade renderer to a raster.

Image of hillshade renderer

Use case

An environmental agency may track coastal erosion by comparing images of an area taken over a longer period of time with hillshade renderers applied.

How to use the sample

Choose and adjust the settings to update the hillshade renderer on the raster layer. The sample allows you to change the Altitude, Azimuth, and Slope Type with controls found by tapping the wrench icon at top right.

How it works

  1. Create a Raster from a grayscale raster file.
  2. Create a RasterLayer from the raster.
  3. Create a Basemap from the raster layer and set it to the map.
  4. Create a HillshadeRenderer, specifying the slope type and other properties.
  5. Set the hillshade renderer to be used on the raster layer with rasterLayer.setRenderer(renderer).

Relevant API

  • BasemapStyle
  • HillshadeRenderer
  • Raster
  • RasterLayer

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 srtm-hillshade /Android/data/com.esri.arcgisruntime.sample.hillshaderenderer/files/srtm-hillshade


altitude, angle, azimuth, raster, slope, visualization

Sample Code

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package com.esri.arcgisruntime.sample.hillshaderenderer;

import android.os.Bundle;
import android.view.Menu;
import android.view.MenuInflater;
import android.view.MenuItem;

import androidx.appcompat.app.AppCompatActivity;
import androidx.fragment.app.FragmentManager;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.layers.RasterLayer;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.ArcGISMap;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.view.MapView;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.raster.HillshadeRenderer;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.raster.Raster;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.raster.SlopeType;

 * A sample class which demonstrates how to use a hillshade renderer on a raster layer.
public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity
    implements ParametersDialogFragment.ParametersListener {

  private MapView mMapView;
  private RasterLayer mRasterLayer;
  private int mAltitude;
  private int mAzimuth;
  private double mZFactor;
  private SlopeType mSlopeType;
  private double mPixelSizeFactor;
  private double mPixelSizePower;
  private int mOutputBitDepth;
  private FragmentManager mFragmentManager;

  public void returnParameters(int altitude, int azimuth, SlopeType slopeType) {
    // gets dialog box parameters and calls updateRenderer
    mAltitude = altitude;
    mAzimuth = azimuth;
    mSlopeType = slopeType;

  protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
    // set default values for HillshadeRenderer parameters
    mAltitude = 45;
    mAzimuth = 315;
    mZFactor = 0.000016;
    mSlopeType = SlopeType.NONE;
    mPixelSizeFactor = 1;
    mPixelSizePower = 1;
    mOutputBitDepth = 8;
    // retrieve the MapView from layout
    mMapView = (MapView) findViewById(R.id.mapView);
    mFragmentManager = getSupportFragmentManager();

    // create raster
    Raster raster = new Raster(getExternalFilesDir(null) + getString(R.string.hillshade_raster_name));

    // create a raster layer
    mRasterLayer = new RasterLayer(raster);
    // create a basemap from the raster layer
    ArcGISMap map = new ArcGISMap();
    // add the map to a map view
    // add the raster as an operational layer

   * Creates a new HillshadeRenderer according to the chosen property values.
  private void updateRenderer() {
    // create blend renderer
    HillshadeRenderer hillshadeRenderer = new HillshadeRenderer(mAltitude, mAzimuth,
        mZFactor, mSlopeType, mPixelSizeFactor, mPixelSizePower, mOutputBitDepth);

  public boolean onCreateOptionsMenu(Menu menu) {
    MenuInflater inflater = getMenuInflater();
    inflater.inflate(R.menu.hillshade_parameters, menu);
    return super.onCreateOptionsMenu(menu);

  public boolean onOptionsItemSelected(MenuItem item) {
    ParametersDialogFragment paramDialog = new ParametersDialogFragment();
    Bundle hillshadeParameters = new Bundle();
    //send parameters to fragment
    hillshadeParameters.putInt("altitude", mAltitude);
    hillshadeParameters.putInt("azimuth", mAzimuth);
    hillshadeParameters.putSerializable("slope_type", mSlopeType);
    paramDialog.show(mFragmentManager, "param_dialog");
    return super.onOptionsItemSelected(item);

  protected void onPause() {

  protected void onResume() {

  protected void onDestroy() {