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Map initial extent

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Display the map at an initial viewpoint representing a bounding geometry.

Image of map initial extent

Use case

Setting the initial viewpoint is useful when a user wishes to first load the map at a particular area of interest.

How to use the sample

When the sample loads, note that the map view opens at the initial viewpoint defined on the map.

How it works

  1. Instantiate a Map object.
  2. Instantiate a Viewpoint object using an Envelope object.
  3. Set the starting location of the map with map.InitialViewpoint.
  4. Set the map in the MapView.

Relevant API

  • Envelope
  • Map
  • MapView
  • Point
  • Viewpoint


extent, envelope, initial, viewpoint, zoom

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.Geometry;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using Xamarin.Forms;

namespace ArcGISRuntime.Samples.SetInitialMapArea
        name: "Map initial extent",
        category: "Map",
        description: "Display the map at an initial viewpoint representing a bounding geometry.",
        instructions: "When the sample loads, note that the map view opens at the initial viewpoint defined on the map.",
        tags: new[] { "envelope", "extent", "initial", "viewpoint", "zoom" })]
    public partial class SetInitialMapArea : ContentPage
        public SetInitialMapArea()
            InitializeComponent ();

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

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

            // Create and set initial map area
            Envelope initialLocation = new Envelope(
                -12211308.778729, 4645116.003309, -12208257.879667, 4650542.535773,
            myMap.InitialViewpoint = new Viewpoint(initialLocation);

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