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Change basemap

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Change a map's basemap. A basemap is beneath all layers on an Map and is used to provide visual reference for the operational layers.


Use case

Basemaps should be selected contextually. For example, in maritime applications, it would be more appropriate to use a basemap of the world's oceans as opposed to a basemap of the world's streets.

How to use the sample

Use the drop down menu to select the active basemap from the list of available basemaps.

How it works

  1. Create an Map object.
  2. Set the map to the MapView object.
  3. Choose a new basemap type and set it on the map.


Basemap, map

Sample Code

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<ContentPage xmlns=""
      <RowDefinition Height="*" />
      <RowDefinition Height="auto" />
    <esriUI:MapView x:Name="MyMapView" />
    <Button x:Name="changeBasemapButton" Text="Change Basemap" Clicked="OnChangeBasemapButtonClicked" Grid.Row="1"/>
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using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using Xamarin.Forms;

namespace ArcGISRuntime.Samples.ChangeBasemap
        "Change basemap",
        "This sample demonstrates how to dynamically change the basemap displayed in a Map.",
    public partial class ChangeBasemap : ContentPage
        // Dictionary that associates names with basemaps
        private readonly Dictionary<string, Basemap> _basemapOptions = new Dictionary<string, Basemap>()
            {"Streets (Raster)", Basemap.CreateStreets()},
            {"Streets (Vector)", Basemap.CreateStreetsVector()},
            {"Streets - Night (Vector)", Basemap.CreateStreetsNightVector()},
            {"Imagery (Raster)", Basemap.CreateImagery()},
            {"Imagery with Labels (Raster)", Basemap.CreateImageryWithLabels()},
            {"Imagery with Labels (Vector)", Basemap.CreateImageryWithLabelsVector()},
            {"Dark Gray Canvas (Vector)", Basemap.CreateDarkGrayCanvasVector()},
            {"Light Gray Canvas (Raster)", Basemap.CreateLightGrayCanvas()},
            {"Light Gray Canvas (Vector)", Basemap.CreateLightGrayCanvasVector()},
            {"Navigation (Vector)", Basemap.CreateNavigationVector()},
            {"OpenStreetMap (Raster)", Basemap.CreateOpenStreetMap()}

        public ChangeBasemap()

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

        private async void OnChangeBasemapButtonClicked(object sender, EventArgs e)
            // Show sheet and get title from the selection
            string selectedBasemap =
                await ((Page)Parent).DisplayActionSheet("Select basemap", "Cancel", null, _basemapOptions.Keys.ToArray());

            // Verify the user did not cancel the operation
            if (!selectedBasemap.ToLower().Equals("cancel"))
                // Retrieve the basemap from the dictionary
                MyMapView.Map.Basemap = _basemapOptions[selectedBasemap];

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

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