Location style

Flash flood warnings (2002 - 2012). All warning areas are given the same transparent symbol, which allows areas of more intense activity to show more clearly.

What is the location style?

The location style involves styling all features in a layer with a single symbol. This is designed to only visualize the location of features with no other data-driven attributes overriding the symbol. Location, or geometry, is the only way to distinguish one feature from another. This allows you to treat all the features equally and let their spatial pattern speak for itself on the map.

How to style features by location

In general, there are two ways to style features:

  1. Apply symbols to graphics: Use this approach when you need to display the location for temporary graphics in a map or scene. The symbol type must match the geometry type of the graphic. Learn more about how to create graphics in Graphics.

  2. Apply a renderer (with symbols) to a data layer: Use this approach to define the style for all features in a data layer in a map or scene. A renderer defines the rules for applying symbols to features, such as how to color or size features based on a data value.

Simple renderer

Location styles are defined with a simple renderer. Using a simple renderer, all visual properties of the symbol (e.g. size, color, opacity, texture, etc.) are fixed for each feature. The primary purpose of the visualization is to show where a feature is located, not specifics about the feature's attributes. For example, if you want to know the locations of weather stations, but you don't need to know additional attribute information about each station, you should render all points with the same symbol.

                                                                                    
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<html>
  <head>
    <meta charset="utf-8" />
    <meta
      name="viewport"
      content="initial-scale=1,maximum-scale=1,user-scalable=no"
    />
    <title>
      ArcGIS Developer Guide: 2D Points
    </title>

    <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://js.arcgis.com/4.21/esri/themes/dark/main.css" />
    <script src="https://js.arcgis.com/4.21/"></script>

    <style>
      html,
      body,
      #viewDiv {
        padding: 0;
        margin: 0;
        height: 100%;
        width: 100%;
        background-color: rgba(15, 15, 15, 1);
    </style>

    <script>
      require([
        "esri/config",
        "esri/Map",
        "esri/views/MapView",
        "esri/layers/FeatureLayer",
        "esri/symbols/SimpleMarkerSymbol",
        "esri/renderers/SimpleRenderer"
      ], function (
        Map,
      ) {
        esriConfig.apiKey = "YOUR_API_KEY";
        const renderer = new SimpleRenderer({
          symbol: new SimpleMarkerSymbol({
            size: 4,
            color: [0, 255, 255],
            outline: null
          })
        });
        const weatherStations = new FeatureLayer({
          portalItem: {
            id: "cb1886ff0a9d4156ba4d2fadd7e8a139"
          renderer: renderer
        // Add the layers to the map
        const map = new Map({
          basemap: "arcgis-dark-gray",
          layers: [weatherStations]
        const view = new MapView({
          container: "viewDiv",
          map: map,
          zoom: 3,
          center: [-95, 38],
          constraints: {
            snapToZoom:false
    </script>
  </head>

  <body>
    <div id="viewDiv"></div>
  </body>
</html>

Symbols

The style for features in a map are defined by a symbol. The symbol should represent the data with either what the symbol represents or how the feature is related to other features with respect to location and the data attributes being mapped.

The symbol chosen for a layer depends on the view in which it is rendered (2D or 3D), and the geometry type of the features in the layer (point, polyline, polygon, or mesh).

2D Symbols

You use 2D symbols to style point, line, and polygon geometries and display them in a map. The main types are marker, linke, fill, picture, and text symbols. See below for more examples.

        
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const symbol = new SimpleMarkerSymbol({
  color: "rgba(0,128,155,0.8)",
  size: "10px",
  outline: new SimpleLineSymbol({
    width: 0.5,
    color: "rgba(255,255,255,0.3)"
  })
});

3D Symbols

You use 3D symbols to style point, line, polygon, and mesh geometries and display them in a scene. In a scene, you can choose between two types of symbols:

  • 2D symbols such as marker symbols, line symbols and polygon fill symbols.
  • 3D symbols such as 3D model symbols, path symbols and extruded polygon symbols.

See below for more examples.

          
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const pointSymbol = new PointSymbol3D({
  symbolLayers: [ new IconSymbol3DLayer({
    resource: { href: "pin.svg" },
    size: 15,
    material: {
      color: "#4c397f"
    },
    anchor: "bottom"
  })]
});

2D examples

Points

To visualize the location of point features in a map, set a simple marker symbol, picture marker symbol, or a CIM symbol in a simple renderer, and set the renderer on the layer. All features will display in the view with the same symbol.

This example visualizes the locations of weather stations.

  1. Create a simple marker symbol and add it to a simple renderer.
  2. Set the renderer to a data layer.
                                                                                    
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<html>
  <head>
    <meta charset="utf-8" />
    <meta
      name="viewport"
      content="initial-scale=1,maximum-scale=1,user-scalable=no"
    />
    <title>
      ArcGIS Developer Guide: 2D Points
    </title>

    <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://js.arcgis.com/4.21/esri/themes/dark/main.css" />
    <script src="https://js.arcgis.com/4.21/"></script>

    <style>
      html,
      body,
      #viewDiv {
        padding: 0;
        margin: 0;
        height: 100%;
        width: 100%;
        background-color: rgba(15, 15, 15, 1);
    </style>

    <script>
      require([
        "esri/config",
        "esri/Map",
        "esri/views/MapView",
        "esri/layers/FeatureLayer",
        "esri/symbols/SimpleMarkerSymbol",
        "esri/renderers/SimpleRenderer"
      ], function (
        Map,
      ) {
        esriConfig.apiKey = "YOUR_API_KEY";
        const renderer = new SimpleRenderer({
          symbol: new SimpleMarkerSymbol({
            size: 4,
            color: [0, 255, 255],
            outline: null
          })
        });
        const weatherStations = new FeatureLayer({
          portalItem: {
            id: "cb1886ff0a9d4156ba4d2fadd7e8a139"
          renderer: renderer
        // Add the layers to the map
        const map = new Map({
          basemap: "arcgis-dark-gray",
          layers: [weatherStations]
        const view = new MapView({
          container: "viewDiv",
          map: map,
          zoom: 3,
          center: [-95, 38],
          constraints: {
            snapToZoom:false
    </script>
  </head>

  <body>
    <div id="viewDiv"></div>
  </body>
</html>

Lines

To visualize the location of line features in a map, use a simple line symbol or a cim symbol, and a simple renderer.

This example displays the locations of major highways using a single symbol.

Steps

  1. Create a simple line symbol and add it to a simple renderer.
  2. Set the renderer to the data layer.
                                                                                     
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<html>
  <head>
    <meta charset="utf-8" />
    <meta
      name="viewport"
      content="initial-scale=1,maximum-scale=1,user-scalable=no"
    />
    <title>
      ArcGIS Developer Guide: 2D Lines
    </title>

    <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://js.arcgis.com/4.21/esri/themes/dark/main.css" />
    <script src="https://js.arcgis.com/4.21/"></script>

    <style>
      html,
      body,
      #viewDiv {
        padding: 0;
        margin: 0;
        height: 100%;
        width: 100%;
        background-color: rgba(15, 15, 15, 1);
    </style>

    <script>
      require([
        "esri/config",
        "esri/Map",
        "esri/views/MapView",
        "esri/layers/FeatureLayer",
        "esri/symbols/SimpleLineSymbol",
        "esri/renderers/SimpleRenderer"
      ], function (
        Map,
      ) {
        esriConfig.apiKey = "YOUR_API_KEY";
        const renderer = new SimpleRenderer({
          symbol: new SimpleLineSymbol({
            width: 1,
            color: "#fb12ff",
          })
        });
        // Set the renderer on the layer
        const hwyLayer = new FeatureLayer({
          url: "https://services.arcgis.com/P3ePLMYs2RVChkJx/arcgis/rest/services/USA_Freeway_System/FeatureServer/2",
          renderer: renderer,
          title: "USA Freeway System",
          minScale: 0,
          maxScale: 0
        // Add the layers to the map
        const map = new Map({
          basemap: "arcgis-dark-gray",
          layers: [ hwyLayer ]
        const view = new MapView({
          container: "viewDiv",
          map: map,
          zoom: 3,
          center: [-95, 38],
          constraints: {
            snapToZoom:false
    </script>
  </head>

  <body>
    <div id="viewDiv"></div>
  </body>
</html>

Polygons

To visualize the location of polygon features in a map, you can use either a simple fill symbol or a picture fill symbol. You can also use simple marker symbol, picture marker symbol, web style symbol, or a cim symbol to visualize the centroid of the polygon.

This example visualizes flash flood warnings in the United States with very transparent polygons.

Steps

  1. Create a simple fill symbol and add it to a simple renderer.
  2. Set the renderer to the data layer.
                                                                          
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<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>

<head>
  <meta charset="utf-8" />
  <meta name="viewport" content="initial-scale=1,maximum-scale=1,user-scalable=no" />
  <title>Location style - polygons</title>

  <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://js.arcgis.com/4.21/esri/themes/light/main.css" />
  <script src="https://js.arcgis.com/4.21/"></script>

  <style>
    html,
    body,
    #viewDiv {
      padding: 0;
      margin: 0;
      height: 100%;
      width: 100%;
  </style>
  <script>
    require([
      "esri/views/MapView",
      "esri/Map",
      "esri/layers/FeatureLayer",
      "esri/renderers/SimpleRenderer",
      "esri/symbols/SimpleFillSymbol"
    ], function (
      MapView, Map, FeatureLayer, SimpleRenderer, SimpleFillSymbol
    ) {
      // flash flood warnings layer
      const layer = new FeatureLayer({
        portalItem: {
          id: "f9e348953b3848ec8b69964d5bceae02"
      layer.renderer = new SimpleRenderer({
        symbol: new SimpleFillSymbol({
          color: "rgba(0,76,115,0.07)",
          outline: null
        })
      });
      const map = new Map({
        basemap: "gray-vector",
        layers: [layer]
      const view = new MapView({
        container: "viewDiv",
        center: [-98, 40],
        zoom: 3
  </script>
</head>

<body>
  <div id="viewDiv"></div>
  <div id="titleDiv" class="esri-widget">
    <div id="titleText">Flash Floods by Season</div>
    <div>Flash Flood Warnings (2002 - 2012)</div>
  </div>
</body>

</html>

3D examples

Points

To visualize the location of point features in a scene, set a marker symbol or a 3D model symbol in a simple renderer, and set the renderer on the layer. All features will display in the view with the same symbol. This example shows how to create a globe that displays cities all over the world. The symbol for the cities is a pin marker.

Steps

  1. Create a marker symbol and add it to a simple renderer.
  2. Apply the renderer to the data layer so that each feature is displayed with the marker symbol.
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<html>
  <head>
    <meta charset="utf-8" />
    <meta
      name="viewport"
      content="initial-scale=1,maximum-scale=1,user-scalable=no"
    />
    <title>
      ArcGIS Developer Guide: 3D Points
    </title>

    <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://js.arcgis.com/4.21/esri/themes/dark/main.css" />
    <script src="https://js.arcgis.com/4.21/"></script>

    <style>
      html, body {
        padding: 0;
        margin: 0;
        height: 100%;
        width: 100%;
        background: #a2c9e5;
        background: linear-gradient(150deg, #beb5ce, #a2c9e5) no-repeat;
      #view {
        height: 100%;
        width: 100%;
      #view canvas {
        filter: drop-shadow(3px 3px 5px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.5));
    </style>

    <script>
      require([
        "esri/config",
        "esri/WebScene",
        "esri/views/SceneView",
        "esri/layers/FeatureLayer",
        "esri/layers/support/LabelClass",
        "esri/renderers/SimpleRenderer",
        "esri/symbols/PointSymbol3D",
        "esri/symbols/IconSymbol3DLayer",
      ], function(
      ) {
        esriConfig.apiKey = "YOUR_API_KEY";
        const renderer = new SimpleRenderer({
          symbol: new PointSymbol3D({
            symbolLayers: [
              new IconSymbol3DLayer({
                resource: {
                  href:
                    "https://static.arcgis.com/arcgis/styleItems/Icons/web/resource/Pushpin3.svg",
                },
                size: 15,
                material: {
                  color: "#4c397f",
                },
                anchor: "bottom",
              }),
            ],
          }),
        });
        const webscene = new WebScene({
          basemap: null,
          ground: {
            surfaceColor: [0, 0, 0, 0],
        const view = new SceneView({
          container: "view",
          map: webscene,
          alphaCompositingEnabled: true,
          qualityProfile: "high",
          camera: {
            position: {
              spatialReference: {
                wkid: 4326,
              x: 94.28248677690586,
              y: 21.553684553226123,
              z: 25000000,
            heading: 0,
            tilt: 0.12089379039103153,
          constraints: {
            altitude: {
              min: 18000000,
              max: 25000000,
          environment: {
            background: {
              type: "color",
              color: [0, 0, 0, 0],
            lighting: {
              date:
                "Sun Jul 15 2018 15:30:00 GMT+0900 (W. Europe Daylight Time)",
            starsEnabled: false,
            atmosphereEnabled: false,
        window.view = view
        view.ui.empty("top-left")
        const countryBoundaries = new FeatureLayer({
          url:
            "http://services.arcgis.com/P3ePLMYs2RVChkJx/arcgis/rest/services/World_Countries_(Generalized)/FeatureServer",
          title: "World Countries",
          renderer: {
            type: "simple",
            symbol: {
              type: "polygon-3d",
              symbolLayers: [
                  type: "fill",
                  material: {
                    color: "white",
        const populationLayer = new FeatureLayer({
          url:
            "https://services.arcgis.com/P3ePLMYs2RVChkJx/arcgis/rest/services/World_Cities_analysis/FeatureServer",
          definitionExpression: "POP > 6000000",
          renderer: renderer,
          screenSizePerspectiveEnabled: false,
          labelingInfo: [
            new LabelClass({
              labelExpressionInfo: { expression: "$feature.CITY_NAME" },
              symbol: {
                type: "label-3d",
                symbolLayers: [
                    type: "text", // autocasts as new TextSymbol3DLayer()
                    material: { color: "#4c397f" },
                    size: 10,
                    font: {
                      family: "Open Sans",
                      weight: "bold",
                    halo: {
                      color: "white",
                      size: 1,
        const graticule = new FeatureLayer({
          url:
            "https://services.arcgis.com/V6ZHFr6zdgNZuVG0/arcgis/rest/services/World_graticule_15deg/FeatureServer",
          renderer: {
            type: "simple",
            symbol: {
              type: "line-3d",
              symbolLayers: [
                  type: "line",
                  material: {
                    color: [255, 255, 255, 0.8],
                  size: 1,
    </script>
  </head>

  <body>
    <div id="view"></div>
  </body>
</html>

Lines

To visualize the location of line features in a scene, set a line symbol or a 3D path symbol in a simple renderer, and set the renderer on the layer. This example shows how to style the streets in Manhattan using a path symbol.

Steps

  1. Create a path symbol with a width and a height of 10 meters.
  2. Add it to a simple renderer.
  3. Apply the renderer to the data layer.
                                                                                                                 
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  <head>
    <meta charset="utf-8" />
    <meta
      name="viewport"
      content="initial-scale=1,maximum-scale=1,user-scalable=no"
    />
    <title>
      ArcGIS Developer Guide: 3D Lines
    </title>

    <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://js.arcgis.com/4.21/esri/themes/light/main.css" />
    <script src="https://js.arcgis.com/4.21/"></script>

    <style>
      html,
      body,
      #viewDiv {
        padding: 0;
        margin: 0;
        height: 100%;
        width: 100%;
    </style>

    <script>
      require([
        "esri/config",
        "esri/Map",
        "esri/views/SceneView",
        "esri/layers/FeatureLayer",
        "esri/renderers/SimpleRenderer",
        "esri/symbols/LineSymbol3D",
        "esri/symbols/PathSymbol3DLayer",
      ], function(
        Map,
      ) {
        esriConfig.apiKey = "YOUR_API_KEY";
        const renderer = new SimpleRenderer({
          symbol: new LineSymbol3D({
            symbolLayers: [
              new PathSymbol3DLayer({
                profile: "quad",
                material: {
                  color: [46, 255, 238],
                },
                width: 10,
                height: 10,
                join: "miter",
                cap: "round",
                anchor: "bottom",
                profileRotation: "all",
              }),
            ],
          }),
        })
        const webscene = new Map({
          basemap: "arcgis-light-gray",
        const view = new SceneView({
          container: "viewDiv",
          map: webscene,
          qualityProfile: "high",
          camera: {
            position: [
              -74.02689962,
              40.69937406,
              502.59973
            heading: 56.33,
            tilt: 71.49
          environment: {
            lighting: {
              directShadowsEnabled: true,
              ambientOcclusionEnabled: true,
            atmosphere: {
              quality: "high",
        const roadsLayer = new FeatureLayer({
          url:
            "https://services1.arcgis.com/4yjifSiIG17X0gW4/arcgis/rest/services/StreetAssessmentRatingNYC/FeatureServer",
          elevationInfo: {
            mode: "relative-to-ground",
            offset: 0,
          title: "Strees in Manhattan",
          renderer: renderer,
    </script>
  </head>

  <body>
    <div id="viewDiv"></div>
  </body>
</html>

Polygons

To visualize polygon features in a scene, use a fill symbol or extrude the polygon based on real-world heights. The example below extrudes building footprints with a fixed height to display schematic buildings in a city.

Steps

  1. Create an extruded polygon symbol and add it to a simple renderer.
  2. Apply the renderer to the data layer.
                                                                                                       
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<html>
  <head>
    <meta charset="utf-8" />
    <meta
      name="viewport"
      content="initial-scale=1,maximum-scale=1,user-scalable=no"
    />
    <title>
      ArcGIS Developer Guide: 3D Polygons
    </title>

    <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://js.arcgis.com/4.21/esri/themes/light/main.css" />
    <script src="https://js.arcgis.com/4.21/"></script>

    <style>
      html,
      body,
      #viewDiv {
        padding: 0;
        margin: 0;
        height: 100%;
        width: 100%;
    </style>

    <script>
      require([
        "esri/config",
        "esri/Map",
        "esri/views/SceneView",
        "esri/layers/FeatureLayer",
        "esri/symbols/PolygonSymbol3D",
        "esri/symbols/ExtrudeSymbol3DLayer",
        "esri/renderers/SimpleRenderer"
      ], function (
        Map,
      ) {
        esriConfig.apiKey = "YOUR_API_KEY";
        const renderer = new SimpleRenderer({
          symbol: new PolygonSymbol3D({
            symbolLayers: [ new ExtrudeSymbol3DLayer({
                material: {
                  color: "#ffc53d"
                },
                size: 10,
                edges: {
                  type: "solid",
                  color: "#a67400",
                  size: 1.5
                }
            })]
          })
        });
        var buildingsLayer = new FeatureLayer({
          url:
            "https://services1.arcgis.com/jjVcwHv9AQEq3DH3/arcgis/rest/services/Buildings/FeatureServer/0",
          renderer: renderer
        var map = new Map({
         basemap: "arcgis-light-gray",
          ground: "world-elevation",
          layers: [buildingsLayer]
        var view = new SceneView({
          container: "viewDiv",
          map: map,
          qualityProfile: "high",
          camera: {
            position: {
              x: -8354148,
              y: 4641966,
              z: 129,
              spatialReference: {
                wkid: 3857
            heading: 300,
            tilt: 75
    </script>
  </head>

  <body>
    <div id="viewDiv"></div>
  </body>
</html>

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