Feature Layer Shapefile

Demonstrates how display a shapefile as a feature layer.

How it works

To show a shapefile as a feature layer:

  1. Create a ShapefileFeatureTable passing in the URI of a shapefile.
  2. Create a FeatureLayer using the ShapefileFeatureTable.
  3. Add the layer to the map with map.getOperationalLayers().add(featureLayer).


 * Copyright 2018 Esri.
 * Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not
 * use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of
 * the License at
 * http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
 * Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
 * distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT
 * WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the
 * License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under
 * the License.

package com.esri.samples.featurelayers.feature_layer_shapefile;

import java.io.File;

import javafx.application.Application;
import javafx.scene.Scene;
import javafx.scene.control.Alert;
import javafx.scene.layout.StackPane;
import javafx.stage.Stage;

import com.esri.arcgisruntime.data.ShapefileFeatureTable;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.layers.FeatureLayer;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.loadable.LoadStatus;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.ArcGISMap;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.Basemap;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.view.MapView;

public class FeatureLayerShapefileSample extends Application {

  private MapView mapView;

  public void start(Stage stage) throws Exception {

    try {
      // create stack pane and application scene
      StackPane stackPane = new StackPane();
      Scene scene = new Scene(stackPane);

      // set title, size, and add scene to stage
      stage.setTitle("Feature Layer Shapefile Sample");

      // create a map with a basemap
      ArcGISMap map = new ArcGISMap(Basemap.createStreetsVector());

      // set the map to the map view
      mapView = new MapView();

      // create a shapefile feature table from the local file
      File shapefile = new File("./samples-data/auroraCO/Public_Art.shp");
      ShapefileFeatureTable shapefileFeatureTable = new ShapefileFeatureTable(shapefile.getAbsolutePath());

      // use the shapefile feature table to create a feature layer
      FeatureLayer featureLayer = new FeatureLayer(shapefileFeatureTable);
      featureLayer.addDoneLoadingListener(() -> {
        if (featureLayer.getLoadStatus() == LoadStatus.LOADED) {
          // zoom to the area containing the layer's features
        } else {
          Alert alert = new Alert(Alert.AlertType.ERROR, featureLayer.getLoadError().getMessage());

      // add the feature layer to the map

      // add the map view to the stack pane
    } catch (Exception e) {
      // on any error, display the stack trace.

   * Stops and releases all resources used in application.
  public void stop() {

    if (mapView != null) {

   * Opens and runs application.
   * @param args arguments passed to this application
  public static void main(String[] args) {



In this topic
  1. How it works
  2. Code