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

The Compass widget indicates where north is in relation to the current view rotation or camera heading. Clicking the Compass widget rotates the view to face north (heading = 0). This widget is added to a SceneView by default. The icon for the Compass widget is determined based upon the view's spatial reference. If the view's spatial reference is not Web Mercator or WGS84 a dial icon will be used, however when the spatial reference is Web Mercator or WGS84 the icon will be a north arrow.

Compass for Web Mercator and WGS84 Compass for other spatial references

You can use the view's DefaultUI to add the compass widget to a 2D application via the ui property on the view. See the sample below.

For information about gaining full control of widget styles, see the Styling topic.
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Example:
var view = new MapView({
  container: "viewDiv",
  map: map
});

var compass = new Compass({
  view: view
});

// adds the compass to the top left corner of the MapView
view.ui.add(compass, "top-left");

Constructors

new Compass(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
String|HTMLElement

The ID or node representing the DOM element containing the widget.

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String

The name of the class.

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Boolean

When true, this property indicates whether the widget has been destroyed.

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GoToOverride

This function provides the ability to override either the MapView goTo() or SceneView goTo() methods.

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String

The widget's default CSS icon class.

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String

The unique ID assigned to the widget when the widget is created.

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String

The widget's default label.

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MapView|SceneView

The view in which the Compass obtains and indicates camera heading, using a (SceneView) or rotation (MapView).

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CompassViewModel

The view model for this widget.

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Property Details

The ID or node representing the DOM element containing the widget. This property can only be set once.

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.

destroyed Boolean inherited

When true, this property indicates whether the widget has been destroyed.

goToOverride GoToOverride
Since: ArcGIS API for JavaScript 4.8

This function provides the ability to override either the MapView goTo() or SceneView goTo() methods.

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Example:
// The following snippet uses the Search widget but can be applied to any
// widgets that support the goToOverride property.
search.goToOverride = function(view, goToParams) {
  goToParams.options.duration = updatedDuration;
  return view.goTo(goToParams.target, goToParams.options);
};
iconClass String
Since: ArcGIS API for JavaScript 4.7

The widget's default CSS icon class.

The unique ID assigned to the widget when the widget is created. If not set by the developer, it will default to the container ID, or if that is not present then it will be automatically generated.

label String
Since: ArcGIS API for JavaScript 4.7

The widget's default label.

The view in which the Compass obtains and indicates camera heading, using a (SceneView) or rotation (MapView).

The view model for this widget. This is a class that contains all the logic (properties and methods) that controls this widget's behavior. See the CompassViewModel class to access all properties and methods on the widget.

Method Overview

NameReturn TypeSummaryClass
String

A utility method used for building the value for a widget's class property.

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Destroys the widget instance.

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Boolean

Emits an event on the instance.

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Boolean

Indicates whether there is an event listener on the instance that matches the provided event name.

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Object

Registers an event handler on the instance.

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Widget teardown helper.

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This method is primarily used by developers when implementing custom widgets.

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Object

This method is primarily used by developers when implementing custom widgets.

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Renders widget to the DOM immediately.

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If working in a MapView, sets the view's rotation to 0.

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This method is primarily used by developers when implementing custom widgets.

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Method Details

classes(classNames){String}inherited
Since: ArcGIS API for JavaScript 4.7

A utility method used for building the value for a widget's class property. This aids in simplifying CSS class setup.

Parameter:
classNames (String|String[]|Object)[]
repeatable

The class names.

Returns:
TypeDescription
StringThe computed class name.
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Example:
// .tsx syntax showing how to set CSS classes while rendering the widget

render() {
  const dynamicIconClasses = {
    [CSS.myIcon]: this.showIcon,
    [CSS.greyIcon]: !this.showIcon
  };

  return (
    <div class={classes(CSS.root, CSS.mixin, dynamicIconClasses)} />
  );
}
destroy()inherited

Destroys the widget instance.

emit(type, event){Boolean}inherited
Since: ArcGIS API for JavaScript 4.5

Emits an event on the instance. This method should only be used when creating subclasses of this class.

Parameters:
type String

The name of the event.

event Object
optional

The event payload.

Returns:
TypeDescription
Booleantrue if a listener was notified
hasEventListener(type){Boolean}inherited

Indicates whether there is an event listener on the instance that matches the provided event name.

Parameter:
type String

The name of the event.

Returns:
TypeDescription
BooleanReturns true if the class supports the input event.
on(type, listener){Object}inherited

Registers an event handler on the instance. Call this method to hook an event with a listener.

Parameters:

A event type, or an array of event types, to listen for.

listener Function

The function to call when the event is fired.

Returns:
TypeDescription
ObjectReturns an event handler with a remove() method that can be called to stop listening for the event(s).
PropertyTypeDescription
removeFunctionWhen called, removes the listener from the event.
Example:
view.on("click", function(event){
  // event is the event handle returned after the event fires.
  console.log(event.mapPoint);
});
own(handles)inherited

Widget teardown helper. Any handles added to it will be automatically removed when the widget is destroyed.

Parameter:

Handles marked for removal once the widget is destroyed.

postInitialize()inherited

This method is primarily used by developers when implementing custom widgets. Executes after widget is ready for rendering.

render(){Object}inherited

This method is primarily used by developers when implementing custom widgets. It must be implemented by subclasses for rendering.

Returns:
TypeDescription
ObjectThe rendered virtual node.
renderNow()inherited

Renders widget to the DOM immediately.

reset()

If working in a MapView, sets the view's rotation to 0. If working in a SceneView, sets the camera's heading to 0. This method is executed each time the Compass is clicked.

scheduleRender()inherited

This method is primarily used by developers when implementing custom widgets. Schedules widget rendering. This method is useful for changes affecting the UI.

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