require(["esri/symbols/TextSymbol"], function(TextSymbol) { /* code goes here */ });
Class: esri/symbols/TextSymbol
Inheritance: TextSymbol Symbol Accessor
Since: ArcGIS API for JavaScript 4.0

Text symbols are used to define the graphic for displaying labels on a FeatureLayer. With this class, you may alter the color, font, halo, and other properties of the label graphic.

TextSymbol may be used to label Point, Polyline, or Polygon features. The image below depicts a polygon FeatureLayer that uses a TextSymbol to label its features.

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Autocasting support

As of version 4.5 of the ArcGIS API for JavaScript, autocasting is universally supported for all renderers, symbols, and symbol layers in the API. So there is no need to include this module in the require() and define() module loaders of your application unless you intend to use the static method(s) of this module.

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Example:
var textSymbol = {
  type: "text",  // autocasts as new TextSymbol()
  color: "white",
  haloColor: "black",
  haloSize: "1px",
  text: "You are here",
  xoffset: 3,
  yoffset: 3,
  font: {  // autocast as new Font()
    size: 12,
    family: "sans-serif",
    weight: "bolder"
  }
};

Constructors

new TextSymbol(properties)

Parameter:
properties Object
optional

See the properties for a list of all the properties that may be passed into the constructor.

Property Overview

Any properties can be set, retrieved or listened to. See the Working with Properties topic.
NameTypeSummaryClass
Number

The angle of the text.

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Color

The background color of the label's bounding box.

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Color

The border color of the label's bounding box.

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Number

The border size or width of the label's bounding box.

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Color

The color of the text.

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String

The name of the class.

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Font

The font used to style the text.

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Color

The color of the text symbol's halo.

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Number

The size in points of the text symbol's halo.

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String

The horizontal alignment of the text with respect to the graphic.

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Boolean

Determines whether to adjust the spacing between characters in the text string.

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Boolean

Determines whether every character in the text string is rotated.

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String

The text string to display in the view.

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String

For TextSymbol, the type is always text.

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String

The vertical alignment of the text with respect to the graphic.

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Number

The offset on the x-axis in points.

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Number

The offset on the y-axis in points.

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Property Details

angleNumber

The angle of the text. 0 is horizontal and the angle moves clockwise.

Known Limitations

This property is not supported in 3D SceneViews.

Default Value: 0

backgroundColorColor autocast

The background color of the label's bounding box. This property is only supported for MapImageLayer.

borderLineColorColor autocast

The border color of the label's bounding box. This property is only supported for MapImageLayer.

borderLineSizeNumber

The border size or width of the label's bounding box. This property is only supported for MapImageLayer.

The color of the text. This can be autocast with a named string; hex string; array of rgb or rgba values; an object with r, g, b, and a properties; or a Color object.

Examples:
// CSS color string
symbol.color = "dodgerblue";
// HEX string
symbol.color = "#33cc33";
// array of RGBA values
symbol.color = [51, 204, 51, 0.3];
// object with rgba properties
symbol.color = {
  r: 51,
  g: 51,
  b: 204,
  a: 0.7
};

declaredClassStringreadonly inherited

The name of the class. The declared class name is formatted as esri.folder.className.

The font used to style the text.

Known Limitations

This property is not fully supported in 3D SceneViews.

haloColorColor

The color of the text symbol's halo. To include a halo in the TextSymbol, you must also set the size of the halo in haloSize.

Known Limitations

  • Not supported in IE 9 or below.
  • Sub-pixel halo (i.e. fractional size such as 1.25px) renders inconsistently in various browsers.
  • Not supported in MapView, but will be in a future release.
Examples:
// CSS color string
symbol.haloColor = "dodgerblue";
// HEX string
symbol.haloColor = "#33cc33";
// array of RGBA values
symbol.haloColor = [51, 204, 51, 0.3];
// object with rgba properties
symbol.haloColor = {
  r: 51,
  g: 51,
  b: 204,
  a: 0.7
};

The size in points of the text symbol's halo. This value may be autocast with a string expressing size in points or pixels (e.g. 12px). To include a halo in the TextSymbol, you must also set the color of the halo in haloColor.

Known Limitations

  • Not supported in IE 9 or below.
  • Sub-pixel halo (i.e. fractional size such as 1.25px) renders inconsistently in various browsers.
  • Not supported in MapView, but will be in a future release.
Examples:
// haloSize in points
symbol.haloSize = 1;
// haloSize in pixels
symbol.haloSize = "2px";
// haloSize in points
symbol.haloSize = "1pt";

horizontalAlignmentString

The horizontal alignment of the text with respect to the graphic.

Possible Values: left | right | center | justify

Known Limitations

This property is not supported in 3D SceneViews.

Default Value: center

kerningBoolean

Determines whether to adjust the spacing between characters in the text string.

Default Value: true

rotatedBoolean

Determines whether every character in the text string is rotated.

Known Limitations

This property is not supported in 3D SceneViews.

Default Value: false

textString

The text string to display in the view.

Example:
symbol.text = "You are here";

typeString

For TextSymbol, the type is always text.

verticalAlignmentString

The vertical alignment of the text with respect to the graphic.

Possible Values: baseline | top | middle | bottom

Known Limitations

This property is not supported in 3D SceneViews.

Default Value: baseline

The offset on the x-axis in points. This value may be autocast with a string expressing size in points or pixels (e.g. 12px).

Known Limitations

This property is not supported in 3D SceneViews.

Default Value: 0
Examples:
// xoffset in points
symbol.xoffset = 3;
// xoffset in pixels
symbol.xoffset = "6px";
// xoffset in points
symbol.xoffset = "3pt";

The offset on the y-axis in points. This value may be autocast with a string expressing size in points or pixels (e.g. 12px).

Known Limitations

This property is not supported in 3D SceneViews.

Default Value: 0
Examples:
// yoffset in points
symbol.yoffset = 3;
// yoffset in pixels
symbol.yoffset = "6px";
// yoffset in points
symbol.yoffset = "3pt";

Method Overview

NameReturn TypeSummaryClass
TextSymbol

Creates a deep clone of the symbol.

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*

Creates a new instance of this class and initializes it with values from a JSON object generated from a product in the ArcGIS platform.

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Object

Converts an instance of this class to its ArcGIS Portal JSON representation.

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Method Details

clone(){TextSymbol}

Creates a deep clone of the symbol.

Returns:
TypeDescription
TextSymbolA deep clone of the object that invoked this method.
Example:
// Creates a deep clone of the graphic's symbol
var symLyr = graphic.symbol.clone();

fromJSON(json){*}static

Creates a new instance of this class and initializes it with values from a JSON object generated from a product in the ArcGIS platform. The object passed into the input json parameter often comes from a response to a query operation in the REST API or a toJSON() method from another ArcGIS product. See the Using fromJSON() topic in the Guide for details and examples of when and how to use this function.

Parameter:
json Object

A JSON representation of the instance in the ArcGIS format. See the ArcGIS REST API documentation for examples of the structure of various input JSON objects.

Returns:
TypeDescription
*Returns a new instance of this class.

toJSON(){Object}inherited

Converts an instance of this class to its ArcGIS Portal JSON representation. See the Using fromJSON() topic in the Guide for more information.

Returns:
TypeDescription
ObjectThe ArcGIS Portal JSON representation of an instance of this class.

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