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Deploy your app

Apps built with ArcGIS Runtime SDK for .NET require an ArcGIS Runtime deployment. The ArcGIS Runtime deployment contains the minimum set of ArcGIS Runtime components required to support the functionality in your app, from rendering beautiful maps to performing complex GIS analysis. Likewise, excluding unneeded components produces focused apps with a smaller footprint, containing bits only for the capabilities you need.

Define ArcGIS Runtime components to deploy

An ArcGIS Runtime deployment is created for you automatically when you build your project.

The ArcGIS Runtime SDK for .NET NuGet package(s) you add to your project will deploy the necessary runtime components according to your build configuration. For example, if you're building a WPF project for Any CPU, ArcGIS Runtime deployments will be created in directories called client32 and client64. These directories appear under a folder called ArcGISRuntime100.x in the project output folder (bin/Debug or bin/Release, for example).

Deployment folder for an ArcGIS Runtime WPF app built for Any CPU

If you build your app for x86 or x64 (or choose Prefer 32-bit), the native DLLs will be placed in the same folder as your app's executable rather than in a separate client32 or client64 folder. You will still have an ArcGISRuntime100.x folder to contain some required resources.

You will need an ArcGIS Runtime deployment for every target platform for your app. The ArcGIS Runtime NuGet packages will automatically detect the build target for the project and build an ArcGIS Runtime with the appropriate architecture. This can be one or more of x86 (32 bit), x64 (64 bit), any CPU, or ARM depending on your app type.


Deployment steps may differ for each platform in ArcGIS Runtime SDK for .NET (WPF, UWP, Android, iOS). Consult the deployment information for each platform you want to deploy.

Deploying specialized symbols

You may need to deploy specialized symbols, such as military symbol dictionaries, for use with your ArcGIS Runtime SDK app. In ArcGIS Runtime SDK for .NET versions prior to 100.0, these symbols were included in the SDK install and could simply be copied to a deployment folder for your app. To reduce the size of the setup (especially with the increased number of supported platforms), these symbols are not included in the ArcGIS Runtime SDK for .NET NuGet packages.

You have a couple of options for including these symbols in your deployment.

  1. The ArcGIS for Defense group hosts the following ArcGIS Online items that contain .stylx files with military symbols. Use the support matrix to find and download the supported stylx file for your version of ArcGIS Runtime SDK. Once downloaded, you can include the files in your app deployment. Logic in your app, of course, would be required to locate and use the included files as needed.
  2. Add logic to your app that prepares the app for offline use by downloading the files and storing them locally. You can access these resources when your user is online either by programmatically downloading them (using System.Net.Http.HttpClient, for example) or accessing them as portal items using the ArcGIS Runtime API, reading their contents, and storing them locally. The following example shows how to access some of the hosted military symbol items using ArcGIS Runtime code.
// Get the ArcGIS Online portal (default if no URI is provided)
ArcGISPortal agol = await ArcGISPortal.CreateAsync();

// Get the military symbol items (use their unique item IDs)
PortalItem itemMil2525c = await PortalItem.CreateAsync(agol, "ef95f95470db437f80ea764a9d05203b");
PortalItem itemMilStd2525d = await PortalItem.CreateAsync(agol, "c78b149a1d52414682c86a5feeb13d30");

// Read the data from the items
var dataMil2525c = await itemMil2525c.GetDataAsync();
var dataMilStd2525d = await itemMilStd2525d.GetDataAsync();

// ... Code here to read the data and write it to a local file ...