Get started

Here's how to get started with the ArcGIS Runtime API for .NET:

  1. Review system requirements
  2. Install and set up
  3. Get an API key (to access services)
  4. Start the Display a map tutorial

1. System requirements

Ensure your development environment meets the system requirements.

For an overview of this release, including enhancements, deprecations, and known issues, see the Release notes.

2. Install and set up

ArcGIS Runtime SDK for .NET enables you to build apps targeting the application platforms: Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Universal Windows Platform (UWP), Xamarin.Android, Xamarin.iOS, and Xamarin Forms.

See Install and set up for install options and instructions.

3. Access services and content with an API key

API keys are permanent tokens that grant your application access to ready-to-use services and, with an ArcGIS Developer account, private content hosted in ArcGIS Platform (currently in beta). Your apps will always require an access token, such as an API key or OAuth 2.0 token, in order to access these resources. Refer to authentication methods in the developer guide for details.

To set an API key in your application, find and copy an API key from your developer dashboard and replace the string YOUR_API_KEY / ACCESS_TOKEN in your code with the API key copied from your dashboard. This key is scoped to provide access to all of the services and resources shown in the tutorials.

  1. Log in to your developer dashboard.
  2. Select and copy your default API key, or generate a new one.
  3. In your code, replace the string YOUR_API_KEY / ACCESS_TOKEN with the API key from your dashboard.

4. Tutorials

Deploy your app

No license is required to develop ArcGIS Runtime apps; there's no need to authorize your development machine or devices. As a member of the ArcGIS Developer Program, you have a free ArcGIS Developer Account (Essentials Plan). With this plan, you can download and install any ArcGIS API and immediately have access to all the functionality of the APIs for development purposes. You can become a member of the developer program for free.

You need an ArcGIS Developer Subscription to deploy an app to your users. The Essentials plan is free.

Learn more about Runtime licensing and deployment and get your license string at License and deployment.

Next steps

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