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Create feature collection layer (Portal item)

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Create a feature collection layer from a portal item.

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Use case

Feature collection layers are often used to hold features with mixed geometry or unstructured data. You can display feature collections stored in a Portal, which are often used for showing content from a CSV or map notes.

How to use the sample

The feature collection is loaded from the Portal item when the sample starts.

How it works

  1. Create a Portal.
  2. Create the PortalItem, referring to the portal and an item ID.
  3. Verify that the item represents a feature collection.
  4. Create a FeatureCollection from the item.
  5. Create a FeatureCollectionLayer, referring to the feature collection.
  6. Add the feature collection layer to the map's OperationalLayers collection.

Relevant API

  • FeatureCollection
  • FeatureCollectionLayer
  • Portal
  • PortalItem

About the data

The sample uses a sample layer depicting world populations.


collection, feature collection, feature collection layer, id, item, map notes, portal

Sample Code

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

            <RowDefinition Height="40"/>
            <RowDefinition Height="40"/>
        <esriUI:MapView x:Name="MyMapView"
        <Entry x:Name="CollectionItemIdTextBox"
               Placeholder="Portal item Id"
        <Button Grid.Row="2"
                Text="Open feature collection item"
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using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Data;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Portal;
using System;
using Xamarin.Forms;

namespace ArcGISRuntime.Samples.FeatureCollectionLayerFromPortal
        name: "Create feature collection layer (Portal item)",
        category: "Layers",
        description: "Create a feature collection layer from a portal item.",
        instructions: "The feature collection is loaded from the Portal item when the sample starts.",
        tags: new[] { "collection", "feature collection", "feature collection layer", "id", "item", "map notes", "portal" })]
    public partial class FeatureCollectionLayerFromPortal : ContentPage
        // Default portal item Id to load features from.
        private const string FeatureCollectionItemId = "32798dfad17942858d5eef82ee802f0b";

        public FeatureCollectionLayerFromPortal()

            // call a function to initialize a map to display in the MyMapView control.

        private void Initialize()
            // Add a default value for the portal item Id.
            CollectionItemIdTextBox.Text = FeatureCollectionItemId;

            // Create a new map with the oceans basemap and add it to the map view.
            Map myMap = new Map(Basemap.CreateOceans());
            MyMapView.Map = myMap;

        private async void OpenFeaturesFromArcGISOnline(string itemId)
                // Open a portal item containing a feature collection.
                ArcGISPortal portal = await ArcGISPortal.CreateAsync();
                PortalItem collectionItem = await PortalItem.CreateAsync(portal, itemId);

                // Verify that the item is a feature collection.
                if (collectionItem.Type == PortalItemType.FeatureCollection)
                    // Create a new FeatureCollection from the item.
                    FeatureCollection featureCollection = new FeatureCollection(collectionItem);

                    // Create a layer to display the collection and add it to the map as an operational layer.
                    FeatureCollectionLayer featureCollectionLayer = new FeatureCollectionLayer(featureCollection)
                        Name = collectionItem.Title

                    await Application.Current.MainPage.DisplayAlert("Feature Collection", "Portal item with ID '" + itemId + "' is not a feature collection.", "OK");
            catch (Exception ex)
                await Application.Current.MainPage.DisplayAlert("Error", "Unable to open item with ID '" + itemId + "': " + ex.Message, "OK");

        private async void OpenPortalFeatureCollectionClick(object sender, EventArgs e)
            // Get the portal item Id from the user.
            string collectionItemId = CollectionItemIdTextBox.Text.Trim();

            // Make sure an Id was entered.
            if (String.IsNullOrEmpty(collectionItemId))
                await Application.Current.MainPage.DisplayAlert("Feature Collection ID", "Please enter a portal item ID", "OK");

            // Call a function to add the feature collection from the specified portal item.