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Set initial map location

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Display a basemap centered at an initial location and scale.

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Use case

You can set a map's initial location when you want to highlight a particular feature or area to establish the context.

How to use the sample

When the map loads, note the specific location and scale of the initial map view.

How it works

  1. Create a Map, specifying a basemap type, latitude and longitude in WGS84, and a level of detail.
  2. Display the map in a map view.

Relevant API

  • BasemapType
  • Map
  • MapView

About the data

The map opens with satellite imagery of a guitar-shaped field in the Pampas region of north central Argentina.


basemap, center, envelope, extent, initial, lat, latitude, level of detail, location, LOD, long, longitude, scale, zoom level

Sample Code

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<ContentPage xmlns=""
    <esriUI:MapView x:Name="MyMapView"/>
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using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using Xamarin.Forms;

namespace ArcGISRuntime.Samples.SetInitialMapLocation
        name: "Set initial map location",
        category: "Map",
        description: "Display a basemap centered at an initial location and scale.",
        instructions: "When the map loads, note the specific location and scale of the initial map view.",
        tags: new[] { "LOD", "basemap", "center", "envelope", "extent", "initial", "lat", "latitude", "level of detail", "location", "long", "longitude", "scale", "zoom level" })]
    public partial class SetInitialMapLocation : ContentPage
        public SetInitialMapLocation()
            InitializeComponent ();

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

        private void Initialize()
            // Create a map with 'Imagery with Labels' basemap and an initial location
            Map myMap = new Map(BasemapType.ImageryWithLabels, -33.867886, -63.985, 16);

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