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ArcGIS vector tiled layer URL

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Load an ArcGIS Vector Tiled Layer from a URL.

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Use case

Vector tile basemaps can be created in ArcGIS Pro and published as offline packages or online services. ArcGISVectorTiledLayer has many advantages over traditional raster based basemaps (ArcGISTiledLayer), including smooth scaling between different screen DPIs, smaller package sizes, and the ability to rotate symbols and labels dynamically.

How to use the sample

Use the drop down menu to load different vector tile basemaps.

How it works

  1. An ArcGISVectorTiledLayer is constructed with an ArcGIS Online service URL
  2. The layer instance is added to the Map

Relevant API

  • ArcGISVectorTiledLayer
  • Basemap


tiles, vector, vector basemap, vector tiled layer, vector tiles

Sample Code

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

<ContentPage xmlns=""
            <RowDefinition Height="*" />
            <RowDefinition Height="auto" />
        <esriUI:MapView x:Name="MyMapView" />
        <Button Text="Choose a layer"
                Clicked="OnChangeLayerButtonClicked" />
// Copyright 2018 Esri.
// Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
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using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using Xamarin.Forms;

namespace ArcGISRuntime.Samples.ArcGISVectorTiledLayerUrl
        name: "ArcGIS vector tiled layer URL",
        category: "Layers",
        description: "Load an ArcGIS Vector Tiled Layer from a URL.",
        instructions: "Use the drop down menu to load different vector tile basemaps.",
        tags: new[] { "tiles", "vector", "vector basemap", "vector tiled layer", "vector tiles" })]
    public partial class ArcGISVectorTiledLayerUrl : ContentPage
        private readonly Dictionary<string, Uri> _layerUrls = new Dictionary<string, Uri>()
            {"Mid-Century", new Uri("")},
            {"Colored Pencil", new Uri("")},
            {"Newspaper", new Uri("")},
            {"Nova", new Uri("")},
            {"World Street Map (Night)", new Uri("")}

        public ArcGISVectorTiledLayerUrl()

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

        private void Initialize()
            // Create a new ArcGISVectorTiledLayer with the navigation service URL
            ArcGISVectorTiledLayer vectorTiledLayer = new ArcGISVectorTiledLayer(_layerUrls.Values.First());

            // Create new Map with basemap
            Map myMap = new Map(new Basemap(vectorTiledLayer));

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

        private async void OnChangeLayerButtonClicked(object sender, EventArgs e)
            // Get list of layer names as array to show in an action sheet
            string[] layerNames = _layerUrls.Keys.ToArray();

            // Show sheet and get title from the selection
            string selectedLayer = await ((Page)Parent).DisplayActionSheet("Select layer", "Cancel", null, layerNames);

            // If selected cancel do nothing
            if (selectedLayer == "Cancel") return;

            // Create a new ArcGISVectorTiledLayer with the URL Selected by the user
            ArcGISVectorTiledLayer vectorTiledLayer = new ArcGISVectorTiledLayer(_layerUrls[selectedLayer]);

            // Create new Map with basemap and assigning to the MapView's Map
            MyMapView.Map = new Map(new Basemap(vectorTiledLayer));