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ArcGIS map image layer

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Add an ArcGIS Map Image Layer from a URL to a map.


Use case

ArcGISMapImageLayer instances are rendered server side as a single raster image, so they always show the latest data at the time of the request. Since the data is rendered as a single image, it can have performance benefits versus a feature layer with complex geometries.

How it works

  1. Create a new Map and set it to a MapView.
  2. Create a new ArcGISMapImageLayer with an input URL.
  3. Add the layer to the map.

Relevant API

  • Map
  • ArcGISMapImageLayer
  • MapView


ArcGIS dynamic map service layer, ArcGISMapImageLayer, layers

Sample Code

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<ContentPage xmlns=""
    <esriUI:MapView x:Name="MyMapView">
// Copyright 2016 Esri.
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using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using System;
using Xamarin.Forms;

namespace ArcGISRuntime.Samples.ArcGISMapImageLayerUrl
        name: "ArcGIS map image layer",
        category: "Layers",
        description: "Add an ArcGIS Map Image Layer from a URL to a map.",
        instructions: "",
        tags: new[] { "ArcGIS dynamic map service layer", "ArcGISMapImageLayer", "layers" })]
    public partial class ArcGISMapImageLayerUrl : ContentPage
        public ArcGISMapImageLayerUrl()

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

        private void Initialize()
            // Create new Map
            Map myMap = new Map();

            // Create uri to the map image layer
            Uri serviceUri = new Uri(

            // Create new image layer from the url
            ArcGISMapImageLayer imageLayer = new ArcGISMapImageLayer(serviceUri);

            // Add created layer to the basemaps collection

            // Assign the map to the MapView
            MyMapView.Map = myMap;