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Feature collection layer

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Create a Feature Collection Layer from a Feature Collection Table, and add it to a map.


Use case

A Feature Collection allows easily importing external data (such as CSV files), as well as creating custom schema for data that is in non-standardized format. This data can then be used to populate a Feature Collection Table, and displayed in a Feature Collection Layer using the attributes and geometries provided in the external data source. For example, an electricity supplier could use this functionality to visualize existing location data of coverage areas (polygons), power stations (points), transmission lines (polylines), and others.

How to use the sample

When launched, this sample displays a FeatureCollectionLayer with a Point, Polyline and Polygon geometry.

How it works

  1. Create a FeatureCollectionLayer using a new feature collection, FeatureCollectionLayer(featureCollection)
  2. Add the feature collection layer to the map, Map.OperationalLayers.Add(featureCollectionLayer).
  3. Create a FeatureCollectionTable for the GeometryTypes Point, Polyline, and Polygon, FeatureCollectionTable(fields, geometryType, spatialReference)
    • Additionally, pass in a list of Field objects to represent the table's schema. In this case a field of type String named name is added.
  4. Assign a SimpleRenderer to each table to render any Features from that table using the Symbol that was set.
  5. Add the feature collection table to the feature collection, FeatureCollection.Tables.Add(featureCollectionTable).
  6. Use the createFeature method to create a feature from the feature collection table, passing an attribute and geometry for that feature, FeatureCollectionTable.CreateFeature(attributes, geometry).
  7. Add new features to the table, FeatureCollectionTable.AddFeatureAsync(feature).

Relevant API

  • Feature
  • FeatureCollection
  • FeatureCollectionLayer
  • FeatureCollectionTable
  • Field
  • SimpleRenderer


Layers, feature collection

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.Data;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Geometry;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Symbology;
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using Xamarin.Forms;
using Colors = System.Drawing.Color;

namespace ArcGISRuntime.Samples.CreateFeatureCollectionLayer
        name: "Feature collection layer",
        category: "Layers",
        description: "Create a Feature Collection Layer from a Feature Collection Table, and add it to a map.",
        instructions: "When launched, this sample displays a `FeatureCollectionLayer` with a `Point`, `Polyline` and `Polygon` geometry.",
        tags: new[] { "Layers", "feature collection" })]
	public partial class CreateFeatureCollectionLayer : ContentPage
		public CreateFeatureCollectionLayer ()
            InitializeComponent ();

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

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

            // Call a function that will create a new feature collection layer and zoom to it

        private async void CreateNewFeatureCollection()
            // Create the schema for a points table (one text field to contain a name attribute)
            List<Field> pointFields = new List<Field>();
            Field placeField = new Field(FieldType.Text, "Place", "Place Name", 50);

            // Create the schema for a lines table (one text field to contain a name attribute)
            List<Field> lineFields = new List<Field>();
            Field boundaryField = new Field(FieldType.Text, "Boundary", "Boundary Name", 50);

            // Create the schema for a polygon table (one text field to contain a name attribute)
            List<Field> polyFields = new List<Field>();
            Field areaField = new Field(FieldType.Text, "AreaName", "Area Name", 50);

            // Instantiate FeatureCollectionTables with schema and geometry type
            FeatureCollectionTable pointsTable = new FeatureCollectionTable(pointFields, GeometryType.Point, SpatialReferences.Wgs84);
            FeatureCollectionTable linesTable = new FeatureCollectionTable(lineFields, GeometryType.Polyline, SpatialReferences.Wgs84);
            FeatureCollectionTable polysTable = new FeatureCollectionTable(polyFields, GeometryType.Polygon, SpatialReferences.Wgs84);

            // Set rendering for each table
            pointsTable.Renderer = CreateRenderer(GeometryType.Point);
            linesTable.Renderer = CreateRenderer(GeometryType.Polyline);
            polysTable.Renderer = CreateRenderer(GeometryType.Polygon);

            // Create a new point feature, provide geometry and attribute values
            Feature pointFeature = pointsTable.CreateFeature();
            pointFeature.SetAttributeValue(placeField, "Current location");
            MapPoint point1 = new MapPoint(-79.497238, 8.849289, SpatialReferences.Wgs84);
            pointFeature.Geometry = point1;

            // Create a new line feature, provide geometry and attribute values
            Feature lineFeature = linesTable.CreateFeature();
            lineFeature.SetAttributeValue(boundaryField, "AManAPlanACanalPanama");
            MapPoint point2 = new MapPoint(-80.035568, 9.432302, SpatialReferences.Wgs84);
            Polyline line = new Polyline(new MapPoint[] { point1, point2 });
            lineFeature.Geometry = line;

            // Create a new polygon feature, provide geometry and attribute values
            Feature polyFeature = polysTable.CreateFeature();
            polyFeature.SetAttributeValue(areaField, "Restricted area");
            MapPoint point3 = new MapPoint(-79.337936, 8.638903, SpatialReferences.Wgs84);
            MapPoint point4 = new MapPoint(-79.11409, 8.895422, SpatialReferences.Wgs84);
            Polygon poly = new Polygon(new MapPoint[] { point1, point3, point4 });
            polyFeature.Geometry = poly;

                // Add the new features to the appropriate feature collection table 
                await pointsTable.AddFeatureAsync(pointFeature);
                await linesTable.AddFeatureAsync(lineFeature);
                await polysTable.AddFeatureAsync(polyFeature);

                // Create a feature collection and add the feature collection tables
                FeatureCollection featuresCollection = new FeatureCollection();

                // Create a FeatureCollectionLayer 
                FeatureCollectionLayer collectionLayer = new FeatureCollectionLayer(featuresCollection);

                // When the layer loads, zoom the map centered on the feature collection
                await collectionLayer.LoadAsync();
                await MyMapView.SetViewpointCenterAsync(collectionLayer.FullExtent.GetCenter(), 1000000);

                // Add the layer to the Map's Operational Layers collection
            catch (Exception e)
                await Application.Current.MainPage.DisplayAlert("Error", e.ToString(), "OK");

        private Renderer CreateRenderer(GeometryType rendererType)
            // Return a simple renderer to match the geometry type provided
            Symbol sym = null;

            switch (rendererType)
                case GeometryType.Point:
                case GeometryType.Multipoint:
                    // Create a marker symbol
                    sym = new SimpleMarkerSymbol(SimpleMarkerSymbolStyle.Triangle, Colors.Red, 18);
                case GeometryType.Polyline:
                    // Create a line symbol
                    sym = new SimpleLineSymbol(SimpleLineSymbolStyle.Dash, Colors.Green, 3);
                case GeometryType.Polygon:
                    // Create a fill symbol
                    SimpleLineSymbol lineSym = new SimpleLineSymbol(SimpleLineSymbolStyle.Solid, Colors.DarkBlue, 2);
                    sym = new SimpleFillSymbol(SimpleFillSymbolStyle.DiagonalCross, Colors.Cyan, lineSym);

            // Return a new renderer that uses the symbol created above
            return new SimpleRenderer(sym);