ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Java

Picture Marker Symbol

Demonstrates how to create a PictureMarkerSymbol from different types of picture resources; an URL, locally on the device, or within the app.

How it works

To display a PictureMarkerSymbol:

  1. Create the ArcGISMap's with Basemap.
  2. Create the GraphicsOverlay and add it to the MapView using MapView.getGraphicsOverlays().add().
  3. Add the map to the view, MapView.setMap().
  4. Use the constructor PictureMarkerSymbol(String URI) to create a symbol from a specified URI (URL, a web page, or from an absolute path to a file that is stored locally).
  5. Use the constructor PictureMarkerSymbol(Image) to create a symbol from a local image.
  6. Lastly once a symbol is created it will need to be added to a Graphic. Set the graphic to the graphics overlay using the GraphicsOverlay.getGraphics().add() method indicating the location Point.


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package com.esri.samples.symbology.picture_marker_symbol;


import javax.imageio.ImageIO;

import javafx.application.Application;
import javafx.application.Platform;
import javafx.embed.swing.SwingFXUtils;
import javafx.scene.Scene;
import javafx.scene.control.Alert;
import javafx.scene.image.Image;
import javafx.scene.layout.StackPane;
import javafx.stage.Stage;

import com.esri.arcgisruntime.geometry.Envelope;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.geometry.Point;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.geometry.SpatialReferences;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.loadable.LoadStatus;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.ArcGISMap;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.Basemap;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.view.Graphic;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.view.GraphicsOverlay;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.view.MapView;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.symbology.PictureMarkerSymbol;

public class PictureMarkerSymbolSample extends Application {

  private MapView mapView;
  private File orangeSymbolPath;
  private GraphicsOverlay graphicsOverlay;

  private static final String CAMPSITE_SYMBOL =

  public void start(Stage stage) {

    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("Picture Marker Symbol Sample");

      // create a ArcGISMap with the topographic basemap
      final ArcGISMap map = new ArcGISMap(Basemap.createTopographic());

      // create view for this map
      mapView = new MapView();

      // create graphics overlay and add it to the mapview
      graphicsOverlay = new GraphicsOverlay();


      // create points for displaying graphics
      Point leftPoint = new Point(-228835, 6550763, SpatialReferences.getWebMercator()); // Disk
      Point rightPoint = new Point(-223560, 6552021, SpatialReferences.getWebMercator()); // URL
      Point middlePoint = new Point(-226773, 6550477, SpatialReferences.getWebMercator());

      // create orange picture marker symbol from disk
      if (saveResourceToExternalStorage()) {
        // create orange picture marker symbol
        PictureMarkerSymbol orangeSymbol = new PictureMarkerSymbol(orangeSymbolPath.getAbsolutePath());
        // place orange picture marker symbol on ArcGISMap
        placePictureMarkerSymbol(orangeSymbol, leftPoint);

      // create blue picture marker symbol from local
      Image newImage = new Image("/symbols/blue_symbol.png");
      PictureMarkerSymbol blueSymbol = new PictureMarkerSymbol(newImage);
      // place blue picture marker symbol on ArcGISMap
      placePictureMarkerSymbol(blueSymbol, middlePoint);

      // create campsite picture marker symbol from URL
      PictureMarkerSymbol campsiteSymbol = new PictureMarkerSymbol(CAMPSITE_SYMBOL);

      // place campsite picture marker symbol on ArcGISMap
      map.addDoneLoadingListener(() -> {
        if (map.getLoadStatus() == LoadStatus.LOADED) {
          Platform.runLater(() -> placePictureMarkerSymbol(campsiteSymbol, rightPoint));
        } else {
          Alert alert = new Alert(Alert.AlertType.ERROR, "Map Failed to Load!");

      // set ArcGISMap to be displayed in mapview

      // set viewpoint on mapview with padding
      Envelope envelope = new Envelope(leftPoint, rightPoint);
      mapView.setViewpointGeometryAsync(envelope, 100.0);

      // add the map view and control panel to stack pane
    } catch (Exception e) {

   * Adds a Graphic to the Graphics Overlay using a Point and a Picture Marker
   * Symbol.
   * @param markerSymbol PictureMarkerSymbol to be used
   * @param graphicPoint where the Graphic is going to be placed
  private void placePictureMarkerSymbol(PictureMarkerSymbol markerSymbol, Point graphicPoint) {

    // set size of the image

    // load symbol asynchronously

    // add to the graphic overlay once done loading
    markerSymbol.addDoneLoadingListener(() -> {
      if (markerSymbol.getLoadStatus() == LoadStatus.LOADED) {
        Graphic symbolGraphic = new Graphic(graphicPoint, markerSymbol);
      } else {
        Alert alert = new Alert(Alert.AlertType.ERROR, "Picture Marker Symbol Failed to Load!");;


   * Writes a resource image to a file.
   * @return true if successful
  private boolean saveResourceToExternalStorage() {

    try {
      // create a file that will be deleted automatically
      orangeSymbolPath = File.createTempFile("orange_symbol", ".png");

      // save image from resources folder to computer's disk
      Image orangeImage = new Image("symbols/orange_symbol.png");

      ImageIO.write(SwingFXUtils.fromFXImage(orangeImage, null), "png", orangeSymbolPath.getAbsoluteFile());

    } catch (Exception e) {

    // check to see if the resource was created on disk
    return orangeSymbolPath.exists();

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

    // release resources when the application closes
    if (mapView != null) {

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



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