Set initial map location

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Display a basemap centered at an initial location and scale.

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Use case

You can set a map's initial location when you want to highlight a particular feature or area to establish the context.

How to use the sample

When the map loads, note the specific location and scale of the initial map view.

How it works

  1. Create a Map, specifying a basemap type, latitude and longitude in WGS84, and a level of detail.
  2. Display the map in a map view.

Relevant API

  • BasemapType
  • Map
  • MapView

About the data

The map opens with satellite imagery of a guitar-shaped field in the Pampas region of north central Argentina.

Tags

basemap, center, envelope, extent, initial, lat, latitude, level of detail, location, LOD, long, longitude, scale, zoom level

Sample Code

SetInitialMapLocation.cs
                                                               
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// Copyright 2016 Esri.
//
// Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
// You may obtain a copy of the License at: http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
//
// Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an
// "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific
// language governing permissions and limitations under the License.

using Android.App;
using Android.OS;
using Android.Widget;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.UI.Controls;

namespace ArcGISRuntime.Samples.SetInitialMapLocation
{
    [Activity (ConfigurationChanges=Android.Content.PM.ConfigChanges.Orientation | Android.Content.PM.ConfigChanges.ScreenSize)]
    [ArcGISRuntime.Samples.Shared.Attributes.Sample(
        name: "Set initial map location",
        category: "Map",
        description: "Display a basemap centered at an initial location and scale.",
        instructions: "When the map loads, note the specific location and scale of the initial map view.",
        tags: new[] { "LOD", "basemap", "center", "envelope", "extent", "initial", "lat", "latitude", "level of detail", "location", "long", "longitude", "scale", "zoom level" })]
    public class SetInitialMapLocation : Activity
    {
        // Hold a reference to the map view
        private MapView _myMapView;

        protected override void OnCreate(Bundle bundle)
        {
            base.OnCreate(bundle);

            Title = "Set initial map location";

            // Create the UI, setup the control references and execute initialization
            CreateLayout();
            Initialize();
        }

        private void Initialize()
        {
            // Create a map with 'Imagery with Labels' basemap and an initial location
            Map myMap = new Map(BasemapType.ImageryWithLabels, -33.867886, -63.985, 16);

            // Provide used Map to the MapView
            _myMapView.Map = myMap;
        }

        private void CreateLayout()
        {
            // Create a new vertical layout for the app
            LinearLayout layout = new LinearLayout(this) { Orientation = Orientation.Vertical };

            // Add the map view to the layout
            _myMapView = new MapView(this);
            layout.AddView(_myMapView);

            // Show the layout in the app
            SetContentView(layout);
        }
    }
}

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