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Add graphics to a map


You can use a Draw toolbar to sketch shapes on a map.

The toolbar is not a user interface component that you automatically see on the page. Instead, it's a helper class that you can use to let people sketch geometries on the map. It saves you the effort of writing the code for sketching each geometry type. You just activate the type of geometry you want people to sketch. In this example, each button activates a different geometry type.

When a button is clicked, the toolbar activates the corresponding tool. Alternatively you could allow geometry type selection from a dropdown list, a set of radio buttons, or some other control.

When the toolbar's "draw-end" event fires, a function is called and ensures that you see something on the map when you finish sketching a feature.The addGraphic function sets the appropriate symbol for the geometry type.See the API Reference for symbols to learn more about defining different symbols.


<!DOCTYPE html>
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8">

    <meta name="viewport" content="initial-scale=1, maximum-scale=1,user-scalable=no">
    <title>Shapes and Symbols</title>

    <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://js.arcgis.com/3.20/esri/css/esri.css">

      #info {
        top: 20px;
        color: #444;
        height: auto;
        font-family: arial;
        right: 20px;
        margin: 5px;
        padding: 10px;
        position: absolute;
        width: 115px;
        z-index: 40;
        border: solid 2px #666;
        border-radius: 4px;
        background-color: #fff;
      html, body, #mapDiv {
      button {
        display: block;

    <script src="https://js.arcgis.com/3.20/"></script>
      var map, tb;

        "esri/map", "esri/toolbars/draw",
        "esri/symbols/SimpleMarkerSymbol", "esri/symbols/SimpleLineSymbol",
        "esri/symbols/PictureFillSymbol", "esri/symbols/CartographicLineSymbol", 
        "esri/Color", "dojo/dom", "dojo/on", "dojo/domReady!"
      ], function(
        Map, Draw,
        SimpleMarkerSymbol, SimpleLineSymbol,
        PictureFillSymbol, CartographicLineSymbol, 
        Color, dom, on
      ) {
        map = new Map("mapDiv", {
          basemap: "streets",
          center: [-25.312, 34.307],
          zoom: 3
        map.on("load", initToolbar);

        // markerSymbol is used for point and multipoint, see http://raphaeljs.com/icons/#talkq for more examples
        var markerSymbol = new SimpleMarkerSymbol();
        markerSymbol.setColor(new Color("#00FFFF"));

        // lineSymbol used for freehand polyline, polyline and line. 
        var lineSymbol = new CartographicLineSymbol(
          new Color([255,0,0]), 10, 
          CartographicLineSymbol.JOIN_MITER, 5

        // fill symbol used for extent, polygon and freehand polygon, use a picture fill symbol
        // the images folder contains additional fill images, other options: sand.png, swamp.png or stiple.png
        var fillSymbol = new PictureFillSymbol(
          new SimpleLineSymbol(
            new Color('#000'), 

        function initToolbar() {
          tb = new Draw(map);
          tb.on("draw-end", addGraphic);

          // event delegation so a click handler is not
          // needed for each individual button
          on(dom.byId("info"), "click", function(evt) {
            if ( evt.target.id === "info" ) {
            var tool = evt.target.id.toLowerCase();

        function addGraphic(evt) {
          //deactivate the toolbar and clear existing graphics 

          // figure out which symbol to use
          var symbol;
          if ( evt.geometry.type === "point" || evt.geometry.type === "multipoint") {
            symbol = markerSymbol;
          } else if ( evt.geometry.type === "line" || evt.geometry.type === "polyline") {
            symbol = lineSymbol;
          else {
            symbol = fillSymbol;

          map.graphics.add(new Graphic(evt.geometry, symbol));
    <div id="info">
      <div>Select a shape then draw on map to add graphic</div>
      <button id="Point">Point</button>
      <button id="Multipoint">Multipoint</button>
      <button id="Line">Line</button>
      <button id="Polyline">Polyline</button>
      <button id="FreehandPolyline">Freehand Polyline</button>
      <button id="Triangle">Triangle</button>
      <button id="Extent">Rectangle</button>
      <button id="Circle">Circle</button>
      <button id="Ellipse">Ellipse</button>
      <button id="Polygon">Polygon</button>
      <button id="FreehandPolygon">Freehand Polygon</button>

    <div id="mapDiv"></div>