Draw

AMD: require(["esri/views/draw/Draw"], (Draw) => { /* code goes here */ });
ESM: import Draw from "@arcgis/core/views/draw/Draw";
Class: esri/views/draw/Draw
Inheritance: Draw Accessor
Since: ArcGIS API for JavaScript 4.5

The Draw class provides advanced drawing capabilities for developers who need complete control over creating temporary graphics with different geometries. For example, if you want to prevent users from drawing graphics with self-intersecting lines or overlapping polygons, then you can use this class to implement these rules. The draw experience is built upon draw actions, which use the view events to generate a set of coordinates for creating new geometries. Each geometry type has a corresponding draw action class.

This class provides a simple interface for interacting with draw actions. After initializing a Draw instance, you can call create() to return a reference to the relevant draw action. This draw action may then be used to create new geometries of the specified type.

Pointer and keyboard gestures for drawing points, polylines, and polygons are described in the tables below.

Drawing points

Gesture Action
Left-click Adds a point at the pointer location.
Enter Adds a point at the pointer location.

Drawing polylines and polygons

Gesture Action
Left-click Adds a vertex at the pointer location.
Left-drag Adds a vertex for each pointer move.
Enter Completes the polyline or polygon.
F Adds a vertex to the polyline or polygon.
Z Incrementally undos actions recorded in the stack.
R Incrementally redos actions recorded in the stack.

To provide users with a simpler drawing experience, then use SketchViewModel class.

See also:
Example:
// create a new instance of draw
let draw = new Draw({
  view: view
});

// create an instance of draw polyline action
// the polyline vertices will be only added when
// the pointer is clicked on the view
let action = draw.create("polyline", {mode: "click"});

// fires when a vertex is added
action.on("vertex-add", function (evt) {
  measureLine(evt.vertices);
});

// fires when the pointer moves
action.on("cursor-update", function (evt) {
  measureLine(evt.vertices);
});

// fires when the drawing is completed
action.on("draw-complete", function (evt) {
  measureLine(evt.vertices);
});

// fires when a vertex is removed
action.on("vertex-remove", function (evt) {
  measureLine(evt.vertices);
});

function measureLine(vertices) {
  view.graphics.removeAll();

  let line = createLine(vertices);
  let lineLength = geometryEngine.geodesicLength(line, "miles");
  let graphic = createGraphic(line);
  view.graphics.add(graphic);
}

function createLine(vertices) {
  let polyline = {
    type: "polyline", // autocasts as new Polyline()
    paths: vertices,
    spatialReference: view.spatialReference
  }
  return polyline;
}

Constructors

new Draw(properties)
Parameter:
properties Object
optional

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

Example:
// Typical usage
let draw = new Draw({
  view: view
});

Property Overview

Any properties can be set, retrieved or listened to. See the Working with Properties topic.
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Name Type Summary Class
DrawActionmore details

A reference to the active draw action.

more detailsDraw
Stringmore details

The name of the class.

more detailsAccessor
MapViewmore details

A reference to the MapView.

more detailsDraw

Property Details

activeAction DrawAction

A reference to the active draw action. An instance of the draw action is created when create() method is called.

declaredClass Stringreadonly inherited
Since: ArcGIS API for JavaScript 4.7

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

view MapView

A reference to the MapView. Set this to link the draw to a specific view.

Method Overview

Name Return Type Summary Class
more details

Complete the current active drawing.

more detailsDraw
DrawActionmore details

Creates an instance of the requested draw action.

more detailsDraw
more details

Resets the drawing by clearing the active action.

more detailsDraw

Method Details

complete()
Since: ArcGIS API for JavaScript 4.7

Complete the current active drawing.

create(drawAction, drawOptions){DrawAction}

Creates an instance of the requested draw action.

Parameters:
drawAction String

Name of the draw action to create. See the table below for a list of possible values and type of draw action it creates.

Possible Values

Geometry type Draw action instance
point PointDrawAction
multipoint MultipointDrawAction (only supported in MapView)
polyline PolylineDrawAction
polygon PolygonDrawAction
rectangle, circle, ellipse SegmentDrawAction

Possible Values:"point"|"multipoint"|"polyline"|"polygon"|"rectangle"|"circle"|"ellipse"

drawOptions Object
optional

Object of the drawing options for the geometry to be created.

Specification:
mode String
optional

The drawing mode. The drawing mode applies only when creating polygon, polyline, segment draw actions.

Possible Values

Value Description
hybrid Vertices are added while the pointer is clicked or dragged. Applies to and is the default for polygon and polyline draw actions.
freehand Vertices are added while the pointer is dragged. Applies to polygon, polyline and segment draw actions. Default for segment draw actions.
click Vertices are added when the pointer is clicked.

Possible Values:"hybrid"|"freehand"|"click"

Returns:
Type Description
DrawAction Returns an instance of the requested draw action.
Example:
let pointAction = draw.create("point");
reset()
Since: ArcGIS API for JavaScript 4.6

Resets the drawing by clearing the active action.

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