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Feature layer query

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Find features in a feature table which match an SQL query.

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Use case

Query expressions can be used in ArcGIS to select a subset of features from a feature table. This is most useful in large or complicated data sets. A possible use case might be on a feature table marking the location of street furniture through a city. A user may wish to query by a TYPE column to return "benches". In this sample, we query a U.S. state by STATE_NAME from a feature table containing all U.S. states.

How to use the sample

Input the name of a U.S. state into the text field. When you click the button, a query is performed and the matching features are highlighted or an error is returned.

How it works

  1. Create a ServiceFeatureTable using the URL of a feature service.
  2. Create a QueryParameters with a where clause specified using the WhereClause property.
  3. Perform the query using QueryFeaturesAsync(query) on the service feature table.
  4. When complete, the query will return a FeatureQueryResult which can be iterated over to get the matching features.

Relevant API

  • FeatureLayer
  • FeatureQueryResult
  • QueryParameters
  • ServiceFeatureTable

About the data

This sample uses U.S. State polygon features from the USA 2016 Daytime Population feature service.


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Sample Code

        <esriUI:MapView x:Name="MyMapView" />
        <Border Style="{StaticResource BorderStyle}">
                <TextBlock Text="Enter a state name and press 🔎 to search."
                           TextAlignment="Center" FontWeight="SemiBold"
                           Margin="0,0,0,5" />
                <AutoSuggestBox Text="New York"
                                QuerySubmitted="QueryEntry_QuerySubmitted" />
// Copyright 2018 Esri.
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using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Data;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Geometry;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Symbology;
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Linq;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using Windows.UI.Popups;
using Windows.UI.Xaml.Controls;

namespace ArcGISRuntime.UWP.Samples.FeatureLayerQuery
        name: "Feature layer query",
        category: "Data",
        description: "Find features in a feature table which match an SQL query.",
        instructions: "Input the name of a U.S. state into the text field. When you click the button, a query is performed and the matching features are highlighted or an error is returned.",
        tags: new[] { "query", "search" })]
    public partial class FeatureLayerQuery
        // Create reference to service of US States
        private string _statesUrl = "";

        // Create globally available feature table for easy referencing
        private ServiceFeatureTable _featureTable;

        // Create globally available feature layer for easy referencing
        private FeatureLayer _featureLayer;

        public FeatureLayerQuery()

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

        private void Initialize()
            // Create new Map with basemap
            Map myMap = new Map(Basemap.CreateTopographic());

            // Create and set initial map location
            MapPoint initialLocation = new MapPoint(
                -11000000, 5000000, SpatialReferences.WebMercator);
            myMap.InitialViewpoint = new Viewpoint(initialLocation, 100000000);

            // Create feature table using a url
            _featureTable = new ServiceFeatureTable(new Uri(_statesUrl));

            // Create feature layer using this feature table
            _featureLayer = new FeatureLayer(_featureTable)
                // Set the Opacity of the Feature Layer
                Opacity = 0.6,
                // Work around service setting
                MaxScale = 10

            // Create a new renderer for the States Feature Layer.
            SimpleLineSymbol lineSymbol = new SimpleLineSymbol(SimpleLineSymbolStyle.Solid, Color.Black, 1);
            SimpleFillSymbol fillSymbol = new SimpleFillSymbol(SimpleFillSymbolStyle.Solid, Color.Transparent, lineSymbol);

            // Set States feature layer renderer
            _featureLayer.Renderer = new SimpleRenderer(fillSymbol);

            // Set the selection color
            MyMapView.SelectionProperties.Color = Color.Cyan;

            // Add feature layer to the map

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

        private async Task QueryStateFeature(string stateName)
                // Create a query parameters that will be used to Query the feature table
                QueryParameters queryParams = new QueryParameters();

                // Trim whitespace on the state name to prevent broken queries
                string formattedStateName = stateName.Trim().ToUpper();

                // Construct and assign the where clause that will be used to query the feature table
                queryParams.WhereClause = "upper(STATE_NAME) LIKE '%" + formattedStateName + "%'";

                // Query the feature table
                FeatureQueryResult queryResult = await _featureTable.QueryFeaturesAsync(queryParams);

                // Cast the QueryResult to a List so the results can be interrogated
                List<Feature> features = queryResult.ToList();

                if (features.Any())
                    // Create an envelope.
                    EnvelopeBuilder envBuilder = new EnvelopeBuilder(SpatialReferences.WebMercator);

                    foreach (Feature feature in features)
                        // Add the extent of each matching feature to the envelope.

                        // Select each feature.

                    // Zoom to the extent of the selected feature(s).
                    await MyMapView.SetViewpointGeometryAsync(envBuilder.ToGeometry(), 50);
                    MessageDialog message = new MessageDialog("State Not Found!", "Add a valid state name.");
                    await message.ShowAsync();
            catch (Exception ex)
                MessageDialog message = new MessageDialog("Sample error: " + ex, "An error occurred");
                await message.ShowAsync();

        private async void QueryEntry_QuerySubmitted(AutoSuggestBox sender, AutoSuggestBoxQuerySubmittedEventArgs args)
                // Remove any previous feature selections that may have been made

                // Begin query process
                await QueryStateFeature(args.QueryText);
            catch (Exception ex)