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ArcGIS vector tiled layer URL

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Load an ArcGIS Vector Tiled Layer from a URL.

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Use case

Vector tile basemaps can be created in ArcGIS Pro and published as offline packages or online services. ArcGISVectorTiledLayer has many advantages over traditional raster based basemaps (ArcGISTiledLayer), including smooth scaling between different screen DPIs, smaller package sizes, and the ability to rotate symbols and labels dynamically.

How to use the sample

Use the drop down menu to load different vector tile basemaps.

How it works

  1. An ArcGISVectorTiledLayer is constructed with an ArcGIS Online service URL
  2. The layer instance is added to the Map

Relevant API

  • ArcGISVectorTiledLayer
  • Basemap


tiles, vector, vector basemap, vector tiled layer, vector tiles

Sample Code

<UserControl x:Class="ArcGISRuntime.UWP.Samples.ArcGISVectorTiledLayerUrl.ArcGISVectorTiledLayerUrl"
        <esriUI:MapView x:Name="MyMapView" />
        <Border Style="{StaticResource BorderStyle}">
                <TextBlock Text="Select a vector layer." 
                           TextWrapping="Wrap" />
                <ComboBox x:Name="VectorLayerChooser" 
                          SelectionChanged="OnVectorLayersChooserSelectionChanged"  />
// Copyright 2018 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.Mapping;
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using Windows.UI.Xaml.Controls;

namespace ArcGISRuntime.UWP.Samples.ArcGISVectorTiledLayerUrl
        name: "ArcGIS vector tiled layer URL",
        category: "Layers",
        description: "Load an ArcGIS Vector Tiled Layer from a URL.",
        instructions: "Use the drop down menu to load different vector tile basemaps.",
        tags: new[] { "tiles", "vector", "vector basemap", "vector tiled layer", "vector tiles" })]
    public partial class ArcGISVectorTiledLayerUrl
        // Dictionary associates layer names with URIs.
        private readonly Dictionary<string, Uri> _layerUrls = new Dictionary<string, Uri>()
            {"Mid-Century", new Uri("")},
            {"Colored Pencil", new Uri("")},
            {"Newspaper", new Uri("")},
            {"Nova", new Uri("")},
            {"World Street Map (Night)", new Uri("")}

        public ArcGISVectorTiledLayerUrl()

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

        private void Initialize()
            // Set titles as the items source.
            VectorLayerChooser.ItemsSource = _layerUrls.Keys;

            // Set the initial selection.
            VectorLayerChooser.SelectedIndex = 0;

        private void OnVectorLayersChooserSelectionChanged(object sender, SelectionChangedEventArgs e)
            // Get the user's selection.
            string selectedVectorLayer = e.AddedItems[0].ToString();

            // Get the URL from the dictionary.
            Uri vectorTiledLayerUrl = _layerUrls[selectedVectorLayer];

            // Create a new ArcGISVectorTiledLayer with the URI Selected by the user.
            ArcGISVectorTiledLayer vectorTiledLayer = new ArcGISVectorTiledLayer(vectorTiledLayerUrl);

            // Create new Map with basemap and assigning to the MapView's Map.
            MyMapView.Map = new Map(new Basemap(vectorTiledLayer));