Styles and data visualization

ArcGIS APIs and tools give you the ability to style layers and create meaningful visualizations for maps and scenes. You can style basemap layers, which are composed of vector tile data, or feature layers, which are composed of features. Styling helps tell a story about the data and it helps you build more meaningful applications.

Learn how to style layers to create meaningful visualizations in the topics below.

Census tracts styled with a dot density renderer to show level of educational attainment

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Basemap styles

Learn how to style and display a vector tile basemap layer.

Point, line, and polygon styles

Learn how to style layers with a simple renderer using 2D and 3D symbols.

Data-driven visualization

Learn how to style layers based on data values using different renderers and symbols.

3D visualization

Learn about specific types of 3D symbols and visualizations.

Tutorials

APIs
Tools

Services

Basemap layer service

Access streets, satellite, and other basemap styles for maps and scenes.

Feature service

Add, update, delete, and query feature data.

API support

Point, line, and polygon stylesData-driven visualization3D visualization
ArcGIS JS APIFully supportedFully supportedFully supported
ArcGIS Android APIFully supportedFully supportedFully supported
ArcGIS iOS APIFully supportedFully supportedFully supported
ArcGIS .NET APIFully supportedFully supportedFully supported
ArcGIS Qt APIFully supportedFully supportedFully supported
ArcGIS Java APIFully supportedFully supportedFully supported
ArcGIS Python APIFully supportedDefine renderers with JavaScriptSupports web scenes only
Full supportPartial support (see notes)Not supported

Different APIs have different levels of support for data-driven visualization.

Unique typesClass breaksVisual variablesTimeMultivariatePredominanceDot densityRelationship
ArcGIS JS APIFully supportedFully supportedFully supportedFully supportedFully supportedFully supportedFully supportedFully supported
ArcGIS Android APIFully supportedFully supportedFully supportedFully supportedFully supportedFully supportedNot supportedFully supported
ArcGIS iOS APIFully supportedFully supportedFully supportedFully supportedFully supportedFully supportedNot supportedFully supported
ArcGIS .NET APIFully supportedFully supportedFully supportedFully supportedFully supportedFully supportedNot supportedFully supported
ArcGIS Qt APIFully supportedFully supportedFully supportedFully supportedFully supportedFully supportedNot supportedFully supported
ArcGIS Java APIFully supportedFully supportedFully supportedFully supportedFully supportedFully supportedNot supportedFully supported
ArcGIS Python APIFully supportedFully supportedFully supportedFully supportedFully supportedFully supportedNot supportedFully supported
Full supportPartial support (see notes)Not supported

Tools