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Find address

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Find the location for an address.

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Use case

A user can input a raw address into your app's search bar and zoom to the address location.

How to use the sample

For simplicity, the sample comes loaded with a set of suggested addresses. Choose an address from the suggestions or submit your own address to show its location on the map in a callout.

How it works

  1. Create a LocatorTask using the URL to a locator service.
  2. Set the GeocodeParameters for the locator task and specify the geocode's attributes.
  3. Get the matching results from the GeocodeResult using locatorTask.GeocodeAsync(addressString, geocodeParameters).
  4. Create a Graphic with the geocode result's location and store the geocode result's attributes in the graphic's attributes.
  5. Show the graphic in a GraphicsOverlay.

Relevant API

  • GeocodeParameters
  • GeocodeResult
  • LocatorTask


address, geocode, locator, search

Sample Code

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<ContentPage xmlns=""
            <RowDefinition Height="40" />
            <RowDefinition Height="40" />
            <RowDefinition Height="*" />
        <SearchBar Grid.Row="0" x:Name="MySearchBar" Placeholder="Find address" IsEnabled="false" SearchButtonPressed="Handle_TextChanged" />
        <Button Text="Suggest" x:Name="MySuggestButton" Clicked="SuggestionButtonTapped" IsEnabled="false" Grid.Row="1" />
        <esriUI:MapView x:Name="MyMapView" Grid.Row="2" />
// Copyright 2017 Esri.
// Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
// You may obtain a copy of the License at:
// Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an
// "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific
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using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.IO;
using System.Linq;
using System.Reflection;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Data;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Geometry;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Symbology;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Tasks.Geocoding;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.UI;
using Xamarin.Forms;

namespace ArcGISRuntime.Samples.FindAddress
        name: "Find address",
        category: "Search",
        description: "Find the location for an address.",
        instructions: "For simplicity, the sample comes loaded with a set of suggested addresses. Choose an address from the suggestions or submit your own address to show its location on the map in a callout.",
        tags: new[] { "address", "geocode", "locator", "search" })]
    public partial class FindAddress : ContentPage
        // Addresses for suggestion.
        private readonly string[] _addresses =
            "277 N Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA",
            "380 New York St, Redlands, CA 92373",

        // The LocatorTask provides geocoding services
        private LocatorTask _geocoder;

        // Service Uri to be provided to the LocatorTask (geocoder)
        private Uri _serviceUri = new Uri("");

        public FindAddress()

            // Create the UI, setup the control references and execute initialization
            MyMapView.GeoViewTapped += MyMapView_GeoViewTapped;

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

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

                // Initialize the LocatorTask with the provided service Uri
                _geocoder = await LocatorTask.CreateAsync(_serviceUri);

                // Enable the UI controls now that the LocatorTask is ready
                MySuggestButton.IsEnabled = true;
                MySearchBar.IsEnabled = true;
            catch (Exception e)
                await Application.Current.MainPage.DisplayAlert("Error", e.ToString(), "OK");

        private void Handle_TextChanged(object sender, System.EventArgs e)

        private async void updateSearch()
            // Get the text in the search bar
            string enteredText = MySearchBar.Text;

            // Clear existing marker

            // Return gracefully if the textbox is empty or the geocoder isn't ready
            if (String.IsNullOrWhiteSpace(enteredText) || _geocoder == null) { return; }

                // Get suggestions based on the input text
                IReadOnlyList<SuggestResult> suggestions = await _geocoder.SuggestAsync(enteredText);

                // Stop gracefully if there are no suggestions
                if (suggestions.Count < 1) { return; }

                // Get the full address for the first suggestion
                SuggestResult firstSuggestion = suggestions.First();
                IReadOnlyList<GeocodeResult> addresses = await _geocoder.GeocodeAsync(firstSuggestion.Label);

                // Stop gracefully if the geocoder does not return a result
                if (addresses.Count < 1) { return; }

                // Place a marker on the map - 1. Create the overlay
                GraphicsOverlay resultOverlay = new GraphicsOverlay();
                // 2. Get the Graphic to display
                Graphic point = await GraphicForPoint(addresses.First().DisplayLocation);
                // 3. Add the Graphic to the GraphicsOverlay
                // 4. Add the GraphicsOverlay to the MapView

                // Update the map extent to show the marker
                MyMapView.SetViewpoint(new Viewpoint(addresses.First().Extent));
            catch (Exception e)
                await Application.Current.MainPage.DisplayAlert("Error", e.ToString(), "OK");

        /// <summary>
        /// Creates and returns a Graphic associated with the given MapPoint
        /// </summary>
		private async Task<Graphic> GraphicForPoint(MapPoint point)
            // Get current assembly that contains the image
            Assembly currentAssembly = GetType().GetTypeInfo().Assembly;
            // Get current assembly that contains the image
            Assembly currentAssembly = Assembly.GetExecutingAssembly();

            // Get image as a stream from the resources
            // Picture is defined as EmbeddedResource and DoNotCopy
            Stream resourceStream = currentAssembly.GetManifestResourceStream(

            // Create new symbol using asynchronous factory method from stream
            PictureMarkerSymbol pinSymbol = await PictureMarkerSymbol.CreateAsync(resourceStream);
            pinSymbol.Width = 60;
            pinSymbol.Height = 60;
            // The image is a pin; offset the image so that the pinpoint
            //     is on the point rather than the image's true center
            pinSymbol.LeaderOffsetX = 30;
            pinSymbol.OffsetY = 14;
            return new Graphic(point, pinSymbol);

        private async void SuggestionButtonTapped(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
            // Display the list of suggestions; returns the selected option
            string action = await ((Page)this.Parent).DisplayActionSheet("Choose an address to geocode", "Cancel", null, _addresses);
            // Update the search
            MySearchBar.Text = action;

        /// <summary>
        /// Handle tap event on the map; displays callouts showing the address for a tapped search result
        /// </summary>
        private async void MyMapView_GeoViewTapped(object sender, Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Xamarin.Forms.GeoViewInputEventArgs e)
                // Search for the graphics underneath the user's tap
                IReadOnlyList<IdentifyGraphicsOverlayResult> results = await MyMapView.IdentifyGraphicsOverlaysAsync(e.Position, 12, false);

                // Return gracefully if there was no result
                if (results.Count < 1 || results.First().Graphics.Count < 1) { return; }

                // Reverse geocode to get addresses
                IReadOnlyList<GeocodeResult> addresses = await _geocoder.ReverseGeocodeAsync(e.Location);

                // Get the first result
                GeocodeResult address = addresses.First();
                // Use the city and region for the Callout Title
                string calloutTitle = address.Attributes["City"] + ", " + address.Attributes["Region"];
                // Use the metro area for the Callout Detail
                string calloutDetail = address.Attributes["MetroArea"].ToString();

                // Define the callout
                CalloutDefinition calloutBody = new CalloutDefinition(calloutTitle, calloutDetail);

                // Show the callout on the map at the tapped location
                MyMapView.ShowCalloutAt(e.Location, calloutBody);
            catch (Exception ex)
                await Application.Current.MainPage.DisplayAlert("Error", ex.ToString(), "OK");