ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Java

Simple Line Symbol

Demonstrates how to change a SimpleLineSymbol's color and style properties

How it works

To display a SimpleLineSymbol:

  1. Create a ArcGISMap's with Basemap.
  2. Create a GraphicsOverlay and add it to the MapView, MapView.getGraphicsOverlays().add().
  3. Add the map to the view, MapView.setMap().
  4. Create a Polyline using a PointCollection to indicate the boundaries of the Graphic.
  5. Create a SimpleLineSymbol(SimpleLineSymbol.Style, color, width).
    • style, pattern that makes up this symbol
    • color, color to display this symbol as
    • width, size of this symbol
  6. Lately, create a Graphic(Geometry, Symbol) and add it to the graphics overlay.


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package com.esri.samples.symbology.simple_line_symbol;

import javafx.application.Application;
import javafx.geometry.Insets;
import javafx.geometry.Pos;
import javafx.scene.Scene;
import javafx.scene.control.ComboBox;
import javafx.scene.control.Label;
import javafx.scene.layout.Background;
import javafx.scene.layout.BackgroundFill;
import javafx.scene.layout.CornerRadii;
import javafx.scene.layout.StackPane;
import javafx.scene.layout.VBox;
import javafx.scene.paint.Paint;
import javafx.stage.Stage;

import com.esri.arcgisruntime.geometry.Point;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.geometry.PointCollection;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.geometry.Polyline;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.geometry.SpatialReferences;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.ArcGISMap;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.Basemap;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.Viewpoint;
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.SimpleLineSymbol;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.symbology.SimpleLineSymbol.Style;

public class SimpleLineSymbolSample extends Application {

  private MapView mapView;
  private SimpleLineSymbol lineSymbol;

  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("Simple Line Symbol Sample");

      // create a control panel
      VBox controlsVBox = new VBox(6);
      controlsVBox.setBackground(new Background(new BackgroundFill(Paint.valueOf("rgba(0,0,0,0.3)"), CornerRadii.EMPTY,
      controlsVBox.setPadding(new Insets(10.0));
      controlsVBox.setMaxSize(180, 200);


      final ArcGISMap map = new ArcGISMap(Basemap.createImagery());

      // set initial map view point
      Point point = new Point(-226773, 6550477, SpatialReferences.getWebMercator());
      Viewpoint viewpoint = new Viewpoint(point, 7200); // point, scale

      // create a view for this ArcGISMap and set ArcGISMap to it
      mapView = new MapView();

      // creates a line from two points
      PointCollection points = new PointCollection(SpatialReferences.getWebMercator());
      points.add(-226913, 6550477);
      points.add(-226643, 6550477);
      Polyline line = new Polyline(points);

      // creates a solid red (0xFFFF0000) simple line symbol
      lineSymbol = new SimpleLineSymbol(Style.SOLID, 0xFFFF0000, 3);

      // add line with symbol to graphics overlay and add overlay to map view
      GraphicsOverlay graphicsOverlay = new GraphicsOverlay();
      graphicsOverlay.getGraphics().add(new Graphic(line, lineSymbol));

      // add the map view and control panel to stack pane
      stackPane.getChildren().addAll(mapView, controlsVBox);
      StackPane.setAlignment(controlsVBox, Pos.TOP_LEFT);
      StackPane.setMargin(controlsVBox, new Insets(10, 0, 0, 10));
    } catch (Exception e) {
      // on any error, display the stack trace

   * Creates a label and a combo box for setting the color, width, and style of
   * a SimpleLineSymbol. These labels and combo boxes are then added to the
   * control panel.
   * @param controlsVBox control pane for user interaction
  private void createSymbolFunctionality(VBox controlsVBox) {

    // create functionality for selecting a color for the line symbol
    Label colorLabel = new Label("Change Line Color");
    ComboBox<String> colorBox = new ComboBox<>();
    colorBox.getItems().addAll("Blue", "Green", "Red");

    colorBox.getSelectionModel().selectedItemProperty().addListener((obs, oldValue, newValue) -> {
      final int color;

      switch (newValue) {
        case "Blue":
          color = 0xFF0000FF;
        case "Green":
          color = 0xFF00FF00;
          color = 0xFFFF0000; // red

    // create functionality for selecting width of the line symbol
    Label widthLabel = new Label("Change Line Width");
    ComboBox<Float> widthBox = new ComboBox<>();
    widthBox.getItems().addAll(1f, 3f, 6f);

    widthBox.getSelectionModel().selectedItemProperty().addListener((obs, oldValue, newValue) -> lineSymbol.setWidth(newValue));

    // create functionality for selecting a style for the line symbol
    Label styleLabel = new Label("Change Line Style");
    ComboBox<Style> styleBox = new ComboBox<>();
    styleBox.getItems().addAll(Style.DASH, Style.DASH_DOT, Style.DASH_DOT_DOT, Style.DOT, Style.SOLID, Style.NULL);

    styleBox.getSelectionModel().selectedItemProperty().addListener((obs, oldValue, newValue) -> lineSymbol.setStyle(newValue));

    // add functionality to the control pane
    controlsVBox.getChildren().addAll(colorLabel, colorBox, widthLabel, widthBox, styleLabel, styleBox);

   * 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) {



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