Identify WMS Features

This sample demonstrates how to identify WMS features and display the associated content for an identified WMS feature.

Identify a feature in a WMS layer


Tap or click on a feature. A callout appears with the returned content for the WMS feature. Note that due to the nature of the WMS service implementation, an empty callout is shown when there is no result; an application might inspect the HTML to determine if the HTML actually contains a feature.


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using Android.App;
using Android.OS;
using Android.Webkit;
using Android.Widget;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Data;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Geometry;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Ogc;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.UI.Controls;
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;

namespace ArcGISRuntimeXamarin.Samples.WmsIdentify
    public class WmsIdentify : Activity
        // Create and hold reference to the used MapView
        private MapView _myMapView = new MapView();

        // Create and hold the URL to the WMS service showing EPA water info
        private Uri _wmsUrl = new Uri("");

        // Create and hold a list of uniquely-identifying WMS layer names to display
        private List<String> _wmsLayerNames = new List<string> { "4" };

        // Hold the WMS layer
        private WmsLayer _wmsLayer;

        protected override void OnCreate(Bundle bundle)

            Title = "Identify WMS features";

            // Create the UI, setup the control references and execute initialization

        private async void Initialize()
            // Create new Map with basemap
            Map myMap = new Map(Basemap.CreateImagery());

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

            // Create a new WMS layer displaying the specified layers from the service
            _wmsLayer = new WmsLayer(_wmsUrl, _wmsLayerNames);

            // Load the layer
            await _wmsLayer.LoadAsync();

            // Add the layer to the map

            // Zoom to the layer's extent
            _myMapView.SetViewpoint(new Viewpoint(_wmsLayer.FullExtent));

            // Subscribe to tap events - starting point for feature identification
            _myMapView.GeoViewTapped += _myMapView_GeoViewTapped;

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

            // Add the map view to the layout

            // Show the layout in the app

        private async void _myMapView_GeoViewTapped(object sender, GeoViewInputEventArgs e)
            // Perform the identify operation
            IdentifyLayerResult myIdentifyResult = await _myMapView.IdentifyLayerAsync(_wmsLayer, e.Position, 20, false);

            // Return if there's nothing to show
            if (myIdentifyResult.GeoElements.Count < 1)

            // Retrieve the identified feature, which is always a WmsFeature for WMS layers
            WmsFeature identifiedFeature = (WmsFeature)myIdentifyResult.GeoElements[0];

            // Retrieve the WmsFeature's HTML content
            string htmlContent = identifiedFeature.Attributes["HTML"].ToString();

            // Note that the service returns a boilerplate HTML result if there is no feature found;
            //    here might be a good place to check for that and filter out spurious results

            // Show a callout with the HTML content
            ShowHtmlCallout(htmlContent, e.Location);

        private void ShowHtmlCallout(string htmlContent, MapPoint position)
            // Create the web browser control
            WebView htmlView = new WebViewOverride(this);

            // Display the string content as an HTML document
            htmlView.LoadData(htmlContent, "text/html", null);

            // Create the callout with the browser
            _myMapView.ShowCalloutAt(position, htmlView);

        /// <summary>
        /// This is necessary because of how the callout calculates its size 
        /// based on the reported size of the content
        /// </summary>
        private class WebViewOverride : WebView
            public WebViewOverride(Android.Content.Context context) : base(context) { }

            // Ensures that there is always a consistent reported size
            protected override void OnMeasure(int widthMeasureSpec, int heightMeasureSpec)
                base.OnMeasure(widthMeasureSpec, heightMeasureSpec);
                var width = ResolveSize(800, widthMeasureSpec);
                var height = ResolveSize(150, heightMeasureSpec);
                SetMeasuredDimension(width, height);

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