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Group layers

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Group a collection of layers together and toggle their visibility as a group.

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Use case

Group layers communicate to the user that layers are related and can be managed together.

In a land development project, you might group layers according to the phase of development.

How to use the sample

The layers in the map will be displayed in a table of contents. Toggle the checkbox next to a layer's name to change its visibility. Turning a group layer's visibility off will override the visibility of its child layers.

How it works

NOTE See WPF for an example of using a TreeView with a hierarchical data template.

  1. Create an empty GroupLayer.
  2. Add a child layer to the group layer's layers collection.
  3. To build the table of contents, use a TreeView with a HierarchicalDataTemplate.
  4. To toggle the visibility of the group, change the group layer's visibility property.

Relevant API

  • GroupLayer
  • ILayerContent

Additional information

The full extent of a group layer may change when child layers are added/removed. Group layers do not have a spatial reference, but the full extent will have the spatial reference of the first child layer.

Group layers can be saved to web scenes. In web maps, group layers will be ignored.


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Sample Code

<ContentPage xmlns=""
        <esriUI:SceneView x:Name="MySceneView" Style="{StaticResource SceneWithFormStyle}"
                          BindingContext="{x:Reference Name=ResponsiveFormContainer}" />
        <resources:ResponsiveFormContainer x:Name="ResponsiveFormContainer">
            <!-- View is being done mostly in code, not XAML, because of buggy listview behavior and no option to specify a maximum height. -->
            <StackLayout x:Name="LayersView" />
// Copyright 2019 Esri.
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using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using System;
using System.Linq;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using Xamarin.Forms;

namespace ArcGISRuntimeXamarin.Samples.GroupLayers
        name: "Group layers",
        category: "Layers",
        description: "Group a collection of layers together and toggle their visibility as a group.",
        instructions: "The layers in the map will be displayed in a table of contents. Toggle the checkbox next to a layer's name to change its visibility. Turning a group layer's visibility off will override the visibility of its child layers.",
        tags: new[] { "group layer", "layers" })]
    public partial class GroupLayers : ContentPage
        public GroupLayers()

        private async void Initialize()
            // Create the layers.
            ArcGISSceneLayer devOne = new ArcGISSceneLayer(new Uri(""));
            FeatureLayer devTwo = new FeatureLayer(new Uri(""));
            ArcGISSceneLayer devThree = new ArcGISSceneLayer(new Uri(""));
            ArcGISSceneLayer nonDevOne = new ArcGISSceneLayer(new Uri(""));
            FeatureLayer nonDevTwo = new FeatureLayer(new Uri(""));

            // Create the group layer and add sublayers.
            GroupLayer gLayer = new GroupLayer();
            gLayer.Name = "Group: Dev A";

            // Create the scene with a basemap.
            MySceneView.Scene = new Scene(Basemap.CreateImagery());

            // Add the top-level layers to the scene.

            // Wait for all of the layers in the group layer to load.
            await Task.WhenAll(gLayer.Layers.ToList().Select(m => m.LoadAsync()).ToList());

            // Zoom to the extent of the group layer.
            MySceneView.SetViewpoint(new Viewpoint(gLayer.FullExtent));

            // Add the layer list to the UI.
            foreach (Layer layer in MySceneView.Scene.OperationalLayers)

        private async void AddLayersToUI(Layer layer, int nestLevel = 0)
            // Wait for the layer to load - ensures that the UI will be up-to-date.
            await layer.LoadAsync();

            // Add a row for the current layer.
            LayersView.Children.Add(ViewForLayer(layer, nestLevel));

            // Add rows for any children of this layer if it is a group layer.
            if (layer is GroupLayer layerGroup)
                foreach (Layer child in layerGroup.Layers)
                    AddLayersToUI(child, nestLevel + 1);

        private View ViewForLayer(Layer layer, int nestLevel = 0)
            // Create the view that holds the row.
            StackLayout container = new StackLayout();
            container.Orientation = StackOrientation.Horizontal;

            // Create and configure the visibility toggle.
            Switch toggleSwitch = new Switch();
            toggleSwitch.VerticalOptions = LayoutOptions.Center;
            toggleSwitch.IsToggled = true;
            toggleSwitch.Toggled += (sender, args) => layer.IsVisible = !layer.IsVisible;

            // Implement nesting/hiearchy display.
            container.Margin = new Thickness(nestLevel * 30, 5, 10, 5);

            // Add the label to the row.
            Label layerLabel = new Label();
            layerLabel.Text = layer.Name;
            layerLabel.VerticalOptions = LayoutOptions.Center;
            layerLabel.VerticalTextAlignment = TextAlignment.Center;

            return container;