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ArcGIS tiled layer

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Load an ArcGIS tiled layer from a URL.

Image of ArcGIS tiled layer URL

Use case

An ArcGISTiledLayer consumes raster tiles provided by an ArcGIS service or a tile package (.tpk & .tpkx). Dividing a raster into tiles provides the user with relevant tiles and level of detail while panning and zooming, allowing for rapid map visualization and navigation. For example, say you wanted an application with a map containing all museums in your city so that you could share this with tourists. Since only the museums would need to support being identifiable or queryable within the app, all other contextual information required to orient and direct the tourists could be sourced from a single ArcGIS tiled layer, leading to faster performance and minimizing the time to load the map.

How to use the sample

Launch the app to view the "World Topographic Map" tile layer as the basemap.

How it works

  1. Add an ArcGISTiledLayer from an ArcGIS Online service URL to the ArcGISMap as an operational layer.

Relevant API

  • ArcGISTiledLayer
  • Basemap
  • Map
  • MapView

About the data

The application utilizes the "World Topographic Map" tile layer. This presents a simple yet powerful illustration of adding visualization context to a basemap through the use of an ArcGIS tiled layer.

Additional information

An ArcGISTiledLayer can also be added to the ArcGISMap as a layer, but it's best practice to use as a basemap since its purpose is to provide geographical context. ArcGIS tiled layers do not support reprojection, query, select, identify, or editing.


basemap, layers, raster tiles, tiled layer, visualization

Sample Code

    d:DesignHeight="300" d:DesignWidth="300">
        <esriUI:MapView x:Name="MyMapView"/>
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using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using System;

namespace ArcGISRuntime.UWP.Samples.ArcGISTiledLayerUrl
        name: "ArcGIS tiled layer",
        category: "Layers",
        description: "Load an ArcGIS tiled layer from a URL.",
        instructions: "Launch the app to view the \"World Topographic Map\" tile layer as the basemap. ",
        tags: new[] { "basemap", "layers", "raster tiles", "tiled layer", "visualization" })]
    public partial class ArcGISTiledLayerUrl
        public ArcGISTiledLayerUrl()

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

        private void Initialize()
            // Create new Map
            Map myMap = new Map();

            // Create uri to the tiled service
            Uri serviceUri = new Uri(

            // Create new tiled layer from the url
            ArcGISTiledLayer imageLayer = new ArcGISTiledLayer(serviceUri);

            // Add created layer to the basemaps collection

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