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Update geometries (feature service)

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Update a feature's location in an online feature service.

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Use case

Sometimes users may want to edit features in an online feature service by moving them.

How to use the sample

Tap a feature to select it. Tap again to set the updated location for that feature. An alert will be shown confirming success or failure.

How it works

  1. Create a ServiceFeatureTable object from a URL.
  2. Create a FeatureLayer object from the ServiceFeatureTable.
  3. Select a feature from the feature layer, using FeatureLayer.SelectFeatures.
  4. Load the selected feature.
  5. Change the selected feature's location using Feature.Geometry = geometry.
  6. After the change, update the table on the server using ApplyEditsAsync.

Relevant API

  • Feature
  • FeatureLayer
  • ServiceFeatureTable


editing, feature layer, feature table, moving, service, updating

Sample Code

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<ContentPage xmlns=""
        <esriUI:MapView x:Name="MyMapView" Style="{StaticResource MapWithFormStyle}"
                        BindingContext="{x:Reference Name=ResponsiveFormContainer}" />
        <resources:ResponsiveFormContainer x:Name="ResponsiveFormContainer">
                <Label Text="Tap to select a feature. Tap again to move it."
// Copyright 2019 Esri.
// Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
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using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Data;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Geometry;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using System;
using System.Linq;
using Xamarin.Forms;

namespace ArcGISRuntimeXamarin.Samples.UpdateGeometries
        name: "Update geometries (feature service)",
        category: "Data",
        description: "Update a feature's location in an online feature service.",
        instructions: "Tap a feature to select it. Tap again to set the updated location for that feature. An alert will be shown confirming success or failure.",
        tags: new[] { "editing", "feature layer", "feature table", "moving", "service", "updating" })]
    public partial class UpdateGeometries : ContentPage
        // URL to the feature service.
        private const string FeatureServiceUrl = "";

        // Hold a reference to the feature layer.
        private FeatureLayer _damageLayer;

        // Hold a reference to the selected feature.
        private ArcGISFeature _selectedFeature;

        public UpdateGeometries()

        private void Initialize()
            // Create the map with streets basemap.
            MyMapView.Map = new Map(Basemap.CreateStreets());

            // Create the feature table, referring to the Damage Assessment feature service.
            ServiceFeatureTable damageTable = new ServiceFeatureTable(new Uri(FeatureServiceUrl));

            // Create a feature layer to visualize the features in the table.
            _damageLayer = new FeatureLayer(damageTable);

            // Add the layer to the map.

            // Listen for user taps on the map - on tap, a feature will be selected.
            MyMapView.GeoViewTapped += MapView_Tapped;

            // Zoom to the United States.
            MyMapView.SetViewpointCenterAsync(new MapPoint(-10800000, 4500000, SpatialReferences.WebMercator), 3e7);

        private void MapView_Tapped(object sender, Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Xamarin.Forms.GeoViewInputEventArgs e)
            // Select the feature if none selected, move the feature otherwise.
            if (_selectedFeature == null)
                // Select the feature.
                // Move the feature.

        private async void MoveSelectedFeature(Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Xamarin.Forms.GeoViewInputEventArgs tapEventDetails)
                // Get the MapPoint from the EventArgs for the tap.
                MapPoint destinationPoint = tapEventDetails.Location;

                // Normalize the point - needed when the tapped location is over the international date line.
                destinationPoint = (MapPoint) GeometryEngine.NormalizeCentralMeridian(destinationPoint);

                // Load the feature.
                await _selectedFeature.LoadAsync();

                // Update the geometry of the selected feature.
                _selectedFeature.Geometry = destinationPoint;

                // Apply the edit to the feature table.
                await _selectedFeature.FeatureTable.UpdateFeatureAsync(_selectedFeature);

                // Push the update to the service.
                ServiceFeatureTable serviceTable = (ServiceFeatureTable) _selectedFeature.FeatureTable;
                await serviceTable.ApplyEditsAsync();
                await Application.Current.MainPage.DisplayAlert("Success!", $"Moved feature {_selectedFeature.Attributes["objectid"]}", "OK");
            catch (Exception ex)
                await Application.Current.MainPage.DisplayAlert("Error when moving feature", ex.ToString(), "OK");
                // Reset the selection.
                _selectedFeature = null;

        private async void TrySelectFeature(Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Xamarin.Forms.GeoViewInputEventArgs tapEventDetails)
                // Perform an identify to determine if a user tapped on a feature.
                IdentifyLayerResult identifyResult = await MyMapView.IdentifyLayerAsync(_damageLayer, tapEventDetails.Position, 10, false);

                // Do nothing if there are no results.
                if (!identifyResult.GeoElements.Any())

                // Get the tapped feature.
                _selectedFeature = (ArcGISFeature)identifyResult.GeoElements.First();

                // Select the feature.
            catch (Exception ex)
                await Application.Current.MainPage.DisplayAlert("Problem selecting feature", ex.ToString(), "OK");