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Format coordinates

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Format coordinates in a variety of common notations.


Use case

The coordinate formatter can format a map location in WGS84 in a number of common coordinate notations. Parsing one of these formats to a location is also supported. Formats include decimal degrees; degrees, minutes, seconds; Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM), and United States National Grid (USNG).

How to use the sample

Click on the map to see the clicked location's coordinate formatted in 4 different ways. You can also put a coordinate string in any of these formats in the text field. Hit Enter and the coordinate string will be parsed and the map point and coordinate values will be updated.

How it works

  1. Get or create a map point with a spatial reference.
  2. Use one of the static "to" methods on CoordinateFormatter such as CoordinateFormatter.ToLatitudeLongitude(point, CoordinateFormatter.LatitudeLongitudeFormat.DecimalDegrees, 4) to get the formatted string.
  3. To go from a formatted string to a Point, use one of the "from" static methods like CoordinateFormatter.FromUtm(coordinateString, map.SpatialReference, CoordinateFormatter.UtmConversionMode.NorthSouthIndicators).

Relevant API

  • CoordinateFormatter
  • CoordinateFormatter.LatitudeLongitudeFormat
  • CoordinateFormatter.UtmConversionMode


USNG, UTM, convert, coordinate, decimal degrees, degree minutes seconds, format, latitude, longitude

Sample Code

        <Style TargetType="TextBlock">
            <Setter Property="VerticalAlignment" Value="Center" />
            <Setter Property="FontWeight" Value="SemiBold" />
            <Setter Property="HorizontalAlignment" Value="Right" />
            <Setter Property="Margin" Value="0,5,5,0" />
        <Style TargetType="TextBox">
            <Setter Property="Margin" Value="0,5,0,0" />
            <Setter Property="TextWrapping" Value="Wrap" />
            <Setter Property="Width" Value="210" />
        <esriUI:MapView x:Name="MyMapView" />
        <Border Style="{StaticResource BorderStyle}">
                    <RowDefinition Height="Auto" />
                    <RowDefinition Height="Auto" />
                    <RowDefinition Height="Auto" />
                    <RowDefinition Height="Auto" />
                    <RowDefinition Height="Auto" />
                    <RowDefinition Height="Auto" />
                    <ColumnDefinition Width="*" />
                    <ColumnDefinition Width="Auto" />
                    Text="Tap on the map to see the coordinates in each format. Update any value and tap 'Recalculate' to see the updated coordinates."
                    Grid.Row="0" Grid.Column="0" Grid.ColumnSpan="2"
                    Margin="0,0,0,5" MaxWidth="400"
                    TextWrapping="Wrap" />
                <TextBlock Text="Decimal Degrees:"
                           Grid.Row="1" Grid.Column="0" />
                <TextBox x:Name="DecimalDegreesTextField"
                         Grid.Row="1" Grid.Column="1"
                         Tag="Decimal Degrees" />
                <TextBlock Text="DMS:"
                           Grid.Row="2" Grid.Column="0" />
                <TextBox x:Name="DmsTextField"
                         Grid.Row="2" Grid.Column="1"
                         Tag="Degrees, Minutes, Seconds" />
                <TextBlock Text="UTM:"
                           Grid.Row="3" Grid.Column="0" />
                <TextBox x:Name="UtmTextField"
                         Grid.Row="3" Grid.Column="1"
                         Tag="UTM" />
                <TextBlock Text="USNG:"
                           Grid.Row="4" Grid.Column="0" />
                <TextBox x:Name="UsngTextField"
                         Grid.Row="4" Grid.Column="1"
                         Tag="USNG" />
                <Button Content="Recalculate"
                        Grid.Row="5" Grid.Column="0" Grid.ColumnSpan="2"
                        Click="RecalculateFields" />
// Copyright 2018 Esri.
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using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Geometry;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Symbology;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.UI;
using System;
using System.Drawing;
using Windows.UI.Popups;
using Windows.UI.Xaml;
using Windows.UI.Xaml.Controls;

namespace ArcGISRuntime.UWP.Samples.FormatCoordinates
        "Format coordinates",
        "This sample demonstrates how to convert between `MapPoint` and string representations of a point using various coordinate systems.",
        "Tap on the map to see the point in several coordinate systems. Update one of the coordinates and select 'recalculate' to see the point converted into other coordinate systems. ")]
    public partial class FormatCoordinates
        // Hold a reference to the text that was selected last
        private TextBox _selectedTextField;

        public FormatCoordinates()


        private void Initialize()
            // Set the initial selected text
            _selectedTextField = DecimalDegreesTextField;

            // Create the map
            MyMapView.Map = new Map(Basemap.CreateNavigationVector());

            // Add the graphics overlay to the map
            MyMapView.GraphicsOverlays.Add(new GraphicsOverlay());

            // Create the starting point
            MapPoint startingPoint = new MapPoint(0, 0, SpatialReferences.WebMercator);

            // Update the UI with the initial point

            // Subscribe to text change events
            UtmTextField.TextChanged += InputTextChanged;
            DmsTextField.TextChanged += InputTextChanged;
            DecimalDegreesTextField.TextChanged += InputTextChanged;
            UsngTextField.TextChanged += InputTextChanged;

            // Subscribe to map tap events to enable tapping on map to update coordinates
            MyMapView.GeoViewTapped += (sender, args) => { UpdateUIFromMapPoint(args.Location); };

        private void InputTextChanged(object sender, TextChangedEventArgs e)
            // Keep track of the last edited field
            _selectedTextField = (TextBox)sender;

        private void UpdateUIFromMapPoint(MapPoint selectedPoint)
                // Check if the selected point can be formatted into coordinates.
                CoordinateFormatter.ToLatitudeLongitude(selectedPoint, LatitudeLongitudeFormat.DecimalDegrees, 0);
            catch (Exception e)
                // Check if the excpetion is because the coordinates are out of range.
                if (e.Message == "Invalid argument: coordinates are out of range")
                    // Set all of the text fields to contain the error message.
                    DecimalDegreesTextField.Text = "Coordinates are out of range";
                    DmsTextField.Text = "Coordinates are out of range";
                    UtmTextField.Text = "Coordinates are out of range";
                    UsngTextField.Text = "Coordinates are out of range";

                    // Clear the selectionss symbol.

            // Update the decimal degrees text
            DecimalDegreesTextField.Text =
                CoordinateFormatter.ToLatitudeLongitude(selectedPoint, LatitudeLongitudeFormat.DecimalDegrees, 4);

            // Update the degrees, minutes, seconds text
            DmsTextField.Text = CoordinateFormatter.ToLatitudeLongitude(selectedPoint,
                LatitudeLongitudeFormat.DegreesMinutesSeconds, 1);

            // Update the UTM text
            UtmTextField.Text = CoordinateFormatter.ToUtm(selectedPoint, UtmConversionMode.NorthSouthIndicators, true);

            // Update the USNG text
            UsngTextField.Text = CoordinateFormatter.ToUsng(selectedPoint, 4, true);

            // Clear existing graphics overlays

            // Create a symbol to symbolize the point
            SimpleMarkerSymbol symbol = new SimpleMarkerSymbol(SimpleMarkerSymbolStyle.X, Color.Yellow, 20);

            // Create the graphic
            Graphic symbolGraphic = new Graphic(selectedPoint, symbol);

            // Add the graphic to the graphics overlay

        private async void RecalculateFields(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
            // Hold the entered point
            MapPoint enteredPoint = null;

            // Update the point based on which text sent the event
                switch (_selectedTextField.Tag.ToString())
                    case "Decimal Degrees":
                    case "Degrees, Minutes, Seconds":
                        enteredPoint =
                            CoordinateFormatter.FromLatitudeLongitude(_selectedTextField.Text, MyMapView.SpatialReference);

                    case "UTM":
                        enteredPoint =
                            CoordinateFormatter.FromUtm(_selectedTextField.Text, MyMapView.SpatialReference, UtmConversionMode.NorthSouthIndicators);

                    case "USNG":
                        enteredPoint =
                            CoordinateFormatter.FromUsng(_selectedTextField.Text, MyMapView.SpatialReference);
            catch (Exception ex)
                // The coordinate is malformed, warn and return
                await new MessageDialog(ex.Message, "Invalid format").ShowAsync();

            // Update the UI from the MapPoint