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Show callout

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Show a callout with the latitude and longitude of user-tapped points.

Image of show callout

Use case

Callouts are used to display temporary detail content on a map. You can display text and arbitrary UI controls in callouts.

How to use the sample

Tap anywhere on the map. A callout showing the WGS84 coordinates for the tapped point will appear.

How it works

  1. Listen for GeoViewTapped events on the map view.
  2. When the user taps, get the tapped location from the Location property of the GeoViewInputEventArgs.
  3. Project the geometry to WGS84 using GeometryEngine.Project.
  4. Create a string to display the coordinates; note that latitude and longitude in WGS84 map to the Y and X coordinates.
  5. Create a new callout definition using a title and the coordinate string.
  6. Display the callout by calling ShowCalloutAt on the map view with the location and the callout definition.

Relevant API

  • CalloutDefinition
  • GeometryEngine.Project
  • GeoViewTappedEventArgs
  • MapView.GeoViewTapped
  • MapView.ShowCalloutAt


balloon, bubble, callout, flyout, flyover, info window, popup, tap

Sample Code

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

<ContentPage xmlns=""
    <StackLayout Orientation="Vertical">
        <Label Text="Tap to show a callout."
        <esriUI:MapView x:Name="MyMapView"
// Copyright 2017 Esri.
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using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Geometry;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.UI;
using Xamarin.Forms;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Xamarin.Forms;

namespace ArcGISRuntime.Samples.ShowCallout
        name: "Show callout",
        category: "MapView",
        description: "Show a callout with the latitude and longitude of user-tapped points.",
        instructions: "Tap anywhere on the map. A callout showing the WGS84 coordinates for the tapped point will appear.",
        tags: new[] { "balloon", "bubble", "callout", "flyout", "flyover", "info window", "popup", "tap" })]
    public partial class ShowCallout : ContentPage
        public ShowCallout()


        private void Initialize()
            // Create a new basemap using the streets base layer
            Basemap myBasemap = Basemap.CreateStreets();

            // Create a new map based on the streets basemap
            Map myMap = new Map(myBasemap);

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

            // Wire up the MapView GeoVewTapped event
            MyMapView.GeoViewTapped += MyMapView_GeoViewTapped;

        private void MyMapView_GeoViewTapped(object sender, GeoViewInputEventArgs e)
            // Get the user-tapped location
            MapPoint mapLocation = e.Location;

            // Project the user-tapped map point location to a geometry
            Geometry myGeometry = GeometryEngine.Project(mapLocation, SpatialReferences.Wgs84);

            // Convert to geometry to a traditional Lat/Long map point
            MapPoint projectedLocation = (MapPoint)myGeometry;

            // Format the display callout string based upon the projected map point (example: "Lat: 100.123, Long: 100.234")
            string mapLocationDescription = $"Lat: {projectedLocation.Y:F3} Long:{projectedLocation.X:F3}";

            // Create a new callout definition using the formatted string
            CalloutDefinition myCalloutDefinition = new CalloutDefinition("Location:", mapLocationDescription);

            // Display the callout
            MyMapView.ShowCalloutAt(mapLocation, myCalloutDefinition);