Unique value renderer

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Render features in a layer using a distinct symbol for each unique attribute value.

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Use case

A unique value renderer allows you to symbolize features in a layer based on one or more matching attributes. This is typically done by using unique colors, fill styles, or images to represent features with equal values in a string field. A unique value renderer could be used to show different types of trees on a vegetation map by using a symbols corresponding to matching name attributes.

How to use the sample

The map with the symbolized feature layer will be shown automatically when the sample loads.

How it works

  1. Define a SimpleFillSymbol for each type of feature.
  2. Apply the SimpleFillSymbol to polygon features, which is the type of feature contained by this ServiceFeatureTable.
  3. Create separate UniqueValue objects which define the values in the renderer field and the symbol used to render matching features.
  4. Create a default symbol to render all features that do not match any of the UniqueValue objects defined.

Relevant API

  • FeatureLayer
  • ServiceFeatureTable
  • SimpleFillSymbol
  • SimpleLineSymbol
  • UniqueValue
  • UniqueValueRenderer

Additional information

Using the UniqueValueRenderer, separate symbols can be used to display features that have a specific value for a given field. In this case, the field is subregions of the USA. While multiple fields can be used, this sample only uses one.

About the data

The map shows U.S. states symbolized by subregion. Symbols are defined for Pacific, Mountain, and West South Central states. All other features are symbolized with the default symbol.


draw, renderer, symbol, symbology, values

Sample Code

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package com.esri.arcgisruntime.sample.uniquevaluerenderer;

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.List;

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

import androidx.appcompat.app.AppCompatActivity;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.ArcGISRuntimeEnvironment;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.data.ServiceFeatureTable;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.geometry.Envelope;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.geometry.SpatialReferences;
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.symbology.SimpleFillSymbol;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.symbology.SimpleLineSymbol;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.symbology.UniqueValueRenderer;

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

    // inflate MapView from layout
    mMapView = findViewById(R.id.mapView);

    // create a map with the topographic basemap
    ArcGISMap map = new ArcGISMap(BasemapStyle.ARCGIS_TOPOGRAPHIC);

    //[DocRef: Name=Unique Value Renderer, Topic=Symbols and Renderers, Category=Fundamentals]
    // Create service feature table
    ServiceFeatureTable serviceFeatureTable = new ServiceFeatureTable(

    // Create the feature layer using the service feature table
    FeatureLayer featureLayer = new FeatureLayer(serviceFeatureTable);

    // Override the renderer of the feature layer with a new unique value renderer
    UniqueValueRenderer uniqueValueRenderer = new UniqueValueRenderer();
    // Set the field to use for the unique values
        "STATE_ABBR"); //You can add multiple fields to be used for the renderer in the form of a list, in this case
      // we are only adding a single field

    // Create the symbols to be used in the renderer
    SimpleFillSymbol defaultFillSymbol = new SimpleFillSymbol(SimpleFillSymbol.Style.NULL, Color.BLACK,
        new SimpleLineSymbol(SimpleLineSymbol.Style.SOLID, Color.GRAY, 2));
    SimpleFillSymbol californiaFillSymbol = new SimpleFillSymbol(SimpleFillSymbol.Style.SOLID, Color.RED,
        new SimpleLineSymbol(SimpleLineSymbol.Style.SOLID, Color.RED, 2));
    SimpleFillSymbol arizonaFillSymbol = new SimpleFillSymbol(SimpleFillSymbol.Style.SOLID, Color.GREEN,
        new SimpleLineSymbol(SimpleLineSymbol.Style.SOLID, Color.GREEN, 2));
    SimpleFillSymbol nevadaFillSymbol = new SimpleFillSymbol(SimpleFillSymbol.Style.SOLID, Color.BLUE,
        new SimpleLineSymbol(SimpleLineSymbol.Style.SOLID, Color.BLUE, 2));

    // Set default symbol

    // Set value for california
    List<Object> californiaValue = new ArrayList<>();
    // You add values associated with fields set on the unique value renderer.
    // If there are multiple values, they should be set in the same order as the fields are set
        new UniqueValueRenderer.UniqueValue("California", "State of California", californiaFillSymbol,

    // Set value for arizona
    List<Object> arizonaValue = new ArrayList<>();
    // You add values associated with fields set on the unique value renderer.
    // If there are multiple values, they should be set in the same order as the fields are set
        .add(new UniqueValueRenderer.UniqueValue("Arizona", "State of Arizona", arizonaFillSymbol, arizonaValue));

    // Set value for nevada
    List<Object> nevadaValue = new ArrayList<>();
    // You add values associated with fields set on the unique value renderer.
    // If there are multiple values, they should be set in the same order as the fields are set
        .add(new UniqueValueRenderer.UniqueValue("Nevada", "State of Nevada", nevadaFillSymbol, nevadaValue));

    // Set the renderer on the feature layer
    //[DocRef: END]

    // add the layer to the map

    // set the map to be displayed in the map view
    mMapView.setViewpoint(new Viewpoint(
        new Envelope(-13893029.0, 3573174.0, -12038972.0, 5309823.0, SpatialReferences.getWebMercator())));

  protected void onPause() {
    // pause MapView

  protected void onResume() {
    // resume MapView

  protected void onDestroy() {
    // dispose MapView