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Take screenshot

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Take a screenshot of the map.

Image of take screenshot

Use case

GIS users may want to export a screenshot of a map to enable sharing as an image or printing.

How to use the sample

Pan and zoom to find an interesting location, then use the button to take a screenshot. The screenshot will be displayed. Note that there may be a small delay if the map is still rendering when you push the button.

How it works

  1. Wait for the MapView to finish rendering the Map.
  2. Call mapView.ExportImageAsync() to get the RuntimeImage, which is a bitmap image.
  3. Use the RuntimeImage.ToImageSourceAsync extension method to get a copy of the image that is compatible with native image display controls.

Relevant API

  • GeoView.DrawStatus
  • GeoView.DrawStatusChanged
  • GeoView.ExportImageAsync
  • RuntimeImage
  • RuntimeImage.ToImageSourceAsync


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Sample Code

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
            BindingContext="{x:Reference Name=ResponsiveFormContainer}"
            Style="{StaticResource MapWithFormStyle}" />
        <sampleViewer:ResponsiveFormContainer x:Name="ResponsiveFormContainer">
                Text="Capture" />
// Copyright 2016 Esri.
// Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
// You may obtain a copy of the License at:
// Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an 
// "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific 
// language governing permissions and limitations under the License.

using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Threading;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.UI;
using Xamarin.Forms;

namespace ArcGISRuntime.Samples.TakeScreenshot
        name: "Take screenshot",
        category: "MapView",
        description: "Take a screenshot of the map.",
        instructions: "Pan and zoom to find an interesting location, then use the button to take a screenshot. The screenshot will be displayed. Note that there may be a small delay if the map is still rendering when you push the button.",
        tags: new[] { "capture", "export", "image", "print", "screen capture", "screenshot", "share", "shot" })]
    public partial class TakeScreenshot : ContentPage
        public TakeScreenshot()

        private void Initialize()
            // Show an imagery basemap.
            MyMapView.Map = new Map(Basemap.CreateImagery());

        private async void OnTakeScreenshotClicked(object sender, EventArgs e)
                ScreenshotButton.IsEnabled = false;

                // Wait for rendering to finish before taking the screenshot.
                await WaitForRenderCompleteAsync(MyMapView);

                // Export the image from the map view.
                RuntimeImage exportedImage = await MyMapView.ExportImageAsync();

                // Create layout for sublayers page
                // Create root layout
                StackLayout layout = new StackLayout();

                Button closeButton = new Button
                    Text = "Close"
                closeButton.Clicked += CloseButton_Clicked;

                // Create image bitmap by getting stream from the exported image.
                // NOTE: currently broken on UWP due to Xamarin.Forms bug 
                var buffer = await exportedImage.GetEncodedBufferAsync();
                byte[] data = new byte[buffer.Length];
                buffer.Read(data, 0, data.Length);
                var bitmap = ImageSource.FromStream(() => new MemoryStream(data));
                Image image = new Image()
                    Source = bitmap,
                    Margin = new Thickness(10)

                // Add elements into the layout.

                // Create internal page for the navigation page.
                ContentPage screenshotPage = new ContentPage()
                    Content = layout,
                    Title = "Screenshot"

                // Navigate to the sublayers page.
                await Navigation.PushAsync(screenshotPage);
            catch (Exception ex)
                await Application.Current.MainPage.DisplayAlert("Error", ex.ToString(), "OK");
                ScreenshotButton.IsEnabled = true;

        private static Task WaitForRenderCompleteAsync(Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Xamarin.Forms.MapView mapview)
            // The task completion source manages the task, including marking it as finished when the time comes.
            TaskCompletionSource<object> tcs = new TaskCompletionSource<object>();

            // If the map is currently finished drawing, set the result immediately.
            if (mapview.DrawStatus == DrawStatus.Completed)
            // Otherwise, configure a callback and a timeout to either set the result when
            // the map is finished drawing or set the result after 2000 ms.
                // Define a cancellation token source for 2000 ms.
                const int timeoutMs = 2000;
                var ct = new CancellationTokenSource(timeoutMs);

                // Register the callback that sets the task result after 2000 ms.
                ct.Token.Register(() =>
                    tcs.TrySetResult(null), false);

                // Define a local function that will set the task result and unregister itself when the map finishes drawing.
                void DrawCompleteHandler(object s, DrawStatusChangedEventArgs e)
                    if (e.Status == DrawStatus.Completed)
                        mapview.DrawStatusChanged -= DrawCompleteHandler;

                // Register the draw complete event handler.
                mapview.DrawStatusChanged += DrawCompleteHandler;

            // Return the task.
            return tcs.Task;

        private async void CloseButton_Clicked(object sender, EventArgs e)
            await Navigation.PopAsync();