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Feature layer (shapefile)

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Open a shapefile stored on the device and display it as a feature layer with default symbology.

Image of feature layer shapefile

Use case

Shapefiles store location, shape and attributes of geospatial vector data. Shapefiles can be loaded directly into ArcGIS Runtime.

How to use the sample

Pan and zoom around the map to observe the data from the shapefile.

How it works

  1. Create a ShapefileFeatureTable passing in the URL of a shapefile.
  2. Create a FeatureLayer using the shapefile feature table.
  3. Add the layer to the map's operation layers.

Relevant API

  • FeatureLayer
  • ShapefileFeatureTable

Offline data

This sample downloads the following items from ArcGIS Online automatically:

  • Public Art Shapefile - Shapefiles that cover Aurora Colorado: Public art (points), Bike trails (lines), and Subdivisions (polygons).


layers, shapefile, shp, vector

Sample Code

    xmlns:esriUI="using:Esri.ArcGISRuntime.UI.Controls" >
    <esriUI:MapView x:Name="MyMapView" />
// Copyright 2017 Esri.
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using System;
using Windows.UI.Popups;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using ArcGISRuntime.Samples.Managers;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Data;

namespace ArcGISRuntime.UWP.Samples.FeatureLayerShapefile
        name: "Feature layer (shapefile)",
        category: "Data",
        description: "Open a shapefile stored on the device and display it as a feature layer with default symbology.",
        instructions: "Pan and zoom around the map to observe the data from the shapefile.",
        tags: new[] { "layers", "shapefile", "shp", "vector" })]
    public partial class FeatureLayerShapefile
        public FeatureLayerShapefile()

            // Open a shapefile stored locally and add it to the map as a feature layer

        private async void Initialize()
            // Create a new map to display in the map view with a streets basemap
            MyMapView.Map = new Map(Basemap.CreateStreetsVector());

            // Get the path to the downloaded shapefile
            string filepath = GetShapefilePath();

                // Open the shapefile
                ShapefileFeatureTable myShapefile = await ShapefileFeatureTable.OpenAsync(filepath);

                // Create a feature layer to display the shapefile
                FeatureLayer newFeatureLayer = new FeatureLayer(myShapefile);

                // Add the feature layer to the map

                // Zoom the map to the extent of the shapefile
                await MyMapView.SetViewpointGeometryAsync(newFeatureLayer.FullExtent, 50);
            catch (Exception e)
                await new MessageDialog(e.ToString(), "Error").ShowAsync();

        private static string GetShapefilePath()
            return DataManager.GetDataFolder("d98b3e5293834c5f852f13c569930caa", "Public_Art.shp");