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Project a point from one spatial reference to another.

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Use case

Being able to project between spatial references is fundamental to a GIS. An example of when you would need to re-project data is if you had data in two different spatial references, but wanted to perform an intersect analysis with the GeometryEngine.intersect function. This function takes two geometries as parameters, and both geometries must be in the same spatial reference. If they are not, you could first use GeometryEngine.project to convert the geometries so they match.

How to use the sample

Tap anywhere on the map. A callout will display the clicked location's coordinate in the original (basemap's) spatial reference and in the projected spatial reference.

How it works

  1. Call the static method, GeometryEngine.Project, passing in the original Geometry and a SpatialReference to which it should be projected.

Relevant API

  • GeometryEngine
  • Point
  • SpatialReference

Additional information

In cases where the the output spatial reference uses a different geographic coordinate system than that of the input spatial reference, see the GeometryEngine.project method that additionally takes in a DatumTransformation parameter.


coordinate system, coordinates, latitude, longitude, projected, projection, spatial reference, Web Mercator, WGS 84

Sample Code

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

<ContentPage xmlns=""
        <esriUI:MapView x:Name="MyMapView" />
// Copyright 2019 Esri.
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using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Geometry;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Symbology;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.UI;
using Xamarin.Forms;
using Color = System.Drawing.Color;

namespace ArcGISRuntimeXamarin.Samples.Project
        name: "Project",
        category: "Geometry",
        description: "Project a point from one spatial reference to another.",
        instructions: "Tap anywhere on the map. A callout will display the clicked location's coordinate in the original (basemap's) spatial reference and in the projected spatial reference.",
        tags: new[] { "WGS 84", "Web Mercator", "coordinate system", "coordinates", "latitude", "longitude", "projected", "projection", "spatial reference" })]
    public partial class Project : ContentPage
        public Project()

        private async void Initialize()
            // Show a map in the default WebMercator spatial reference.
            MyMapView.Map = new Map(Basemap.CreateNationalGeographic());

            // Add a graphics overlay for showing the tapped point.
            GraphicsOverlay overlay = new GraphicsOverlay();
            SimpleMarkerSymbol markerSymbol = new SimpleMarkerSymbol(SimpleMarkerSymbolStyle.Circle, Color.Red, 5);
            overlay.Renderer = new SimpleRenderer(markerSymbol);

            // Respond to user taps.
            MyMapView.GeoViewTapped += MapView_Tapped;

            // Zoom to Minneapolis.
            Envelope startingEnvelope = new Envelope(-10995912.335747, 5267868.874421, -9880363.974046, 5960699.183877,
            await MyMapView.SetViewpointGeometryAsync(startingEnvelope);

        private void MapView_Tapped(object sender, Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Xamarin.Forms.GeoViewInputEventArgs e)
            // Get the tapped point - this is in the map's spatial reference,
            // which in this case is WebMercator because that is the SR used by the included basemaps.
            MapPoint tappedPoint = e.Location;

            // Update the graphics.
            MyMapView.GraphicsOverlays[0].Graphics.Add(new Graphic(tappedPoint));

            // Project the point to WGS84
            MapPoint projectedPoint = (MapPoint)GeometryEngine.Project(tappedPoint, SpatialReferences.Wgs84);

            // Format the results in strings.
            string originalCoords = $"Original: {tappedPoint.X:F4}, {tappedPoint.Y:F4}";
            string projectedCoords = $"Projected: {projectedPoint.X:F4}, {projectedPoint.Y:F4}";

            // Define a callout and show it in the map view.
            CalloutDefinition calloutDef = new CalloutDefinition(projectedCoords, originalCoords);
            MyMapView.ShowCalloutAt(tappedPoint, calloutDef);