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Feature layer selection

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Select features in a feature layer.

Image of feature layer selection

Use case

Selecting features, whether by query or identify, can be an important step both in editing data and visualizing results. One possible use case would be to query a feature layer containing street furniture. A query might look for type "bench" and return a list of bench features contained in the features with an attribute of type bench. These might be selected for further editing (see FeatureQueryResult) or may just be highlighted visually.

How to use the sample

Click on a feature in the map. All features within a given tolerance (in pixels) of the click will be selected.

How it works

  1. Create a ServiceFeatureTable from a feature service URL.
  2. Create a FeatureLayer from the service feature table.
  3. Identify nearby features at the clicked location using IdentifyLayerAsync(featureLayer, clickLocation, tolerance, returnPopupsOnly, maxResults) on the map view.
  4. Select all identified features in the feature layer with SelectFeatures(features).

Relevant API

  • Feature
  • FeatureLayer
  • ServiceFeatureTable

About the data

This sample uses the Gross Domestic Product, 1960-2016 feature service. Only the 2016 GDP values are shown.


features, layers, select, selection, tolerance

Sample Code

        <esriUI:MapView x:Name="MyMapView" />
        <Border Style="{StaticResource BorderStyle}">
            <TextBlock Text="Tap to select features."
                       FontWeight="SemiBold" />
// Copyright 2016 Esri.
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using Esri.ArcGISRuntime;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Data;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Geometry;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.UI.Controls;
using System;
using System.Drawing;
using Windows.UI.Popups;

namespace ArcGISRuntime.UWP.Samples.FeatureLayerSelection
        name: "Feature layer selection",
        category: "Layers",
        description: "Select features in a feature layer.",
        instructions: "Click on a feature in the map. All features within a given tolerance (in pixels) of the click will be selected.",
        tags: new[] { "features", "layers", "select", "selection", "tolerance" })]
    public partial class FeatureLayerSelection
        // Hold reference to the feature layer.
        private FeatureLayer _featureLayer;

        public FeatureLayerSelection()

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

            // Create envelope to be used as a target extent for map's initial viewpoint.
            Envelope myEnvelope = new Envelope(-6603299.491810, 1679677.742046, 9002253.947487, 8691318.054732, SpatialReferences.WebMercator);

            // Set the initial viewpoint for map.
            myMap.InitialViewpoint = new Viewpoint(myEnvelope);

            // Provide used Map to the MapView.
            MyMapView.Map = myMap;

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

            // Create Uri for the feature service.
            Uri featureServiceUri = new Uri(

            // Initialize feature table using a URL to feature server.
            ServiceFeatureTable featureTable = new ServiceFeatureTable(featureServiceUri);

            // Initialize a new feature layer based on the feature table.
            _featureLayer = new FeatureLayer(featureTable);

                // Make sure that used feature layer is loaded before hooking into the tapped event
                // This prevents trying to do selection on the layer that isn't initialized.
                await _featureLayer.LoadAsync();

                // Check for the load status. If the layer is loaded then add it to map.
                if (_featureLayer.LoadStatus == LoadStatus.Loaded)
                    // Add the feature layer to the map.

                    // Add tap event handler for mapview.
                    MyMapView.GeoViewTapped += OnMapViewTapped;
            catch (Exception e)
                await new MessageDialog(e.ToString(), "Error").ShowAsync();

        private async void OnMapViewTapped(object sender, GeoViewInputEventArgs e)
                // Define the selection tolerance.
                double tolerance = 15;

                // Convert the tolerance to map units.
                double mapTolerance = tolerance * MyMapView.UnitsPerPixel;

                // Get the tapped point.
                MapPoint geometry = e.Location;

                // Normalize the geometry if wrap-around is enabled.
                //    This is necessary because of how wrapped-around map coordinates are handled by Runtime.
                //    Without this step, querying may fail because wrapped-around coordinates are out of bounds.
                if (MyMapView.IsWrapAroundEnabled)
                    geometry = (MapPoint)GeometryEngine.NormalizeCentralMeridian(geometry);

                // Define the envelope around the tap location for selecting features.
                Envelope selectionEnvelope = new Envelope(geometry.X - mapTolerance, geometry.Y - mapTolerance, geometry.X + mapTolerance,
                    geometry.Y + mapTolerance, MyMapView.Map.SpatialReference);

                // Define the query parameters for selecting features.
                QueryParameters queryParams = new QueryParameters
                    // Set the geometry to selection envelope for selection by geometry.
                    Geometry = selectionEnvelope

                // Select the features based on query parameters defined above.
                await _featureLayer.SelectFeaturesAsync(queryParams, SelectionMode.New);
            catch (Exception ex)
                await new MessageDialog(ex.ToString(), "Error").ShowAsync();