Skip To Content ArcGIS for Developers Sign In Dashboard

ArcGIS Runtime SDK for .NET

Generate offline map

This code sample is available for these platforms:
View Sample on GitHub

Take a web map offline.

Image of generate offline map

Use case

Taking a web map offline allows users continued productivity when their network connectivity is poor or nonexistent. For example, by taking a map offline, a field worker inspecting utility lines in remote areas could still access a feature's location and attribute information.

How to use the sample

When the app starts, you will be prompted to sign in using a free ArcGIS Online account. Once the map loads, zoom to the extent you want to take offline. The red border shows the extent that will be downloaded. Click the "Take Map Offline" button to start the offline map job. The progress bar will show the job's progress. When complete, the offline map will replace the online map in the map view.

How it works

  1. Create an Map with a Portal item pointing to the web map.
  2. Create GenerateOfflineMapParameters specifying the download area geometry, minimum scale, and maximum scale.
  3. Create an OfflineMapTask with the map.
  4. Create the OfflineMapJob with OfflineMapTask.GenerateOfflineMap(params, downloadDirectoryPath) and start it with OfflineMapJob.Start().
  5. When the job is done, get the offline map with OfflineMapJob.Result.OfflineMap.

Relevant API

  • GenerateOfflineMapJob
  • GenerateOfflineMapParameters
  • GenerateOfflineMapResult
  • OfflineMapTask
  • Portal

About the data

The map used in this sample shows the stormwater network within Naperville, IL, USA, with cartography designed for web and mobile devices with offline support.

Additional information

The creation of the offline map can be fine-tuned using parameter overrides for feature layers, or by using local basemaps to achieve more customized results.


download, offline, save, web map

Sample Code

        <esriUI:MapView x:Name="MyMapView"/>

        <Border x:Name="takeOfflineArea" Background="White" BorderBrush="Black" BorderThickness="1"
                HorizontalAlignment="Right" VerticalAlignment="Top"
                Margin="30" Padding="20" Width="375">
            <StackPanel HorizontalAlignment="Center" VerticalAlignment="Center">
                <Button x:Name="TakeMapOfflineButton" 
                        Content="Take map offline"/>

        <Border x:Name="messageArea" Visibility="Collapsed"
                Background="White" BorderBrush="Black" BorderThickness="1"
                HorizontalAlignment="Right" VerticalAlignment="Top"
                Margin="30" Padding="5" Width="450">
                <TextBlock HorizontalAlignment="Center" VerticalAlignment="Center" Margin="10"
                           Text="Map is offline!"/>

        <Grid x:Name="busyIndicator" Background="#807f7f7f" Visibility="Collapsed">
            <Grid HorizontalAlignment="Center" VerticalAlignment="Center">
                    <RowDefinition Height="auto"/>
                    <RowDefinition Height="auto"/>
                    <RowDefinition Height="auto"/>
                <TextBlock HorizontalAlignment="Center" VerticalAlignment="Center" Margin="10"
                           Foreground="White" FontSize="18">
                    <Run Text="Generating offline map... "></Run>
                    <Run x:Name="Percentage" Text=""></Run>
                <ProgressBar x:Name="progressBar"
                             Minimum="0" Maximum="100"
                             HorizontalAlignment="Center" VerticalAlignment="Center" 
                             Width="100" Height="10" Margin="0,0,0,10"/>
                <Button x:Name="CancelJobButton" 
        <Grid x:Name="loadingIndicator" 
            <Grid HorizontalAlignment="Center" VerticalAlignment="Center">
                    <RowDefinition Height="auto"/>
                    <RowDefinition Height="auto"/>
                <TextBlock Text="Loading online map..." 
                           Foreground="White" FontSize="18"
                <ProgressBar Grid.Row="1"
                             IsEnabled="True" IsIndeterminate="True" 
                             Width="100" Height="10" 
                             HorizontalAlignment="Center" VerticalAlignment="Center"/>
// 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.
// You may obtain a copy of the License at:
// Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an 
// "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific 
// language governing permissions and limitations under the License.

using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Geometry;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Portal;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Security;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Symbology;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Tasks;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Tasks.Offline;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.UI;
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.IO;
using System.Linq;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using Windows.UI.Popups;

namespace ArcGISRuntime.UWP.Samples.GenerateOfflineMap
        name: "Generate offline map",
        category: "Map",
        description: "Take a web map offline.",
        instructions: "When the app starts, you will be prompted to sign in using a free ArcGIS Online account. Once the map loads, zoom to the extent you want to take offline. The red border shows the extent that will be downloaded. Click the \"Take Map Offline\" button to start the offline map job. The progress bar will show the job's progress. When complete, the offline map will replace the online map in the map view.",
        tags: new[] { "download", "offline", "save", "web map" })]
    public partial class GenerateOfflineMap
        // The job to generate an offline map.
        private GenerateOfflineMapJob _generateOfflineMapJob;

        // The extent of the data to take offline.
        private Envelope _areaOfInterest = new Envelope(-88.1541, 41.7690, -88.1471, 41.7720, SpatialReferences.Wgs84);

        // The ID for a web map item hosted on the server (water network map of Naperville IL).
        private string WebMapId = "acc027394bc84c2fb04d1ed317aac674";

        public GenerateOfflineMap()

            // Load the web map, show area of interest, restrict map interaction, and set up authorization. 

        private async void Initialize()
                // Call a function to set up the AuthenticationManager for OAuth.

                // Create the ArcGIS Online portal.
                ArcGISPortal portal = await ArcGISPortal.CreateAsync();

                // Get the Naperville water web map item using its ID.
                PortalItem webmapItem = await PortalItem.CreateAsync(portal, WebMapId);

                // Create a map from the web map item.
                Map onlineMap = new Map(webmapItem);

                // Display the map in the MapView.
                MyMapView.Map = onlineMap;

                // Disable user interactions on the map (no panning or zooming from the initial extent).
                MyMapView.InteractionOptions = new MapViewInteractionOptions
                    IsEnabled = false

                // Create a graphics overlay for the extent graphic and apply a renderer.
                SimpleLineSymbol aoiOutlineSymbol = new SimpleLineSymbol(SimpleLineSymbolStyle.Solid, System.Drawing.Color.Red, 3);
                GraphicsOverlay extentOverlay = new GraphicsOverlay
                    Renderer = new SimpleRenderer(aoiOutlineSymbol)

                // Add a graphic to show the area of interest (extent) that will be taken offline.
                Graphic aoiGraphic = new Graphic(_areaOfInterest);

                // Hide the map loading progress indicator.
                loadingIndicator.Visibility = Windows.UI.Xaml.Visibility.Collapsed;

                // When the map view unloads, try to clean up existing output data folders.
                MyMapView.Unloaded += (s, e) =>
                    // Find output mobile map folders in the temp directory.
                    string[] outputFolders = Directory.GetDirectories(Environment.ExpandEnvironmentVariables("%TEMP%"), "NapervilleWaterNetwork*");

                    // Loop through the folder names and delete them.
                    foreach (string dir in outputFolders)
                            // Delete the folder.
                            Directory.Delete(dir, true);
                        catch (Exception)
                            // Ignore exceptions (files might be locked, for example).
            catch (Exception ex)
                MessageDialog dialog = new MessageDialog(ex.ToString(), "Error loading map");
                await dialog.ShowAsync();

        private async void TakeMapOfflineButton_Click(object sender, Windows.UI.Xaml.RoutedEventArgs e)
            // Create a new folder for the output mobile map.
            string packagePath = Path.Combine(Environment.ExpandEnvironmentVariables("%TEMP%"), @"NapervilleWaterNetwork");
            int num = 1;
            while (Directory.Exists(packagePath))
                packagePath = Path.Combine(Environment.ExpandEnvironmentVariables("%TEMP%"), @"NapervilleWaterNetwork" + num.ToString());

            // Create the output directory.

                // Show the progress indicator while the job is running.
                busyIndicator.Visibility = Windows.UI.Xaml.Visibility.Visible;

                // Create an offline map task with the current (online) map.
                OfflineMapTask takeMapOfflineTask = await OfflineMapTask.CreateAsync(MyMapView.Map);

                // Create the default parameters for the task, pass in the area of interest.
                GenerateOfflineMapParameters parameters = await takeMapOfflineTask.CreateDefaultGenerateOfflineMapParametersAsync(_areaOfInterest);

                // Create the job with the parameters and output location.
                _generateOfflineMapJob = takeMapOfflineTask.GenerateOfflineMap(parameters, packagePath);

                // Handle the progress changed event for the job.
                _generateOfflineMapJob.ProgressChanged += OfflineMapJob_ProgressChanged;

                // Await the job to generate geodatabases, export tile packages, and create the mobile map package.
                GenerateOfflineMapResult results = await _generateOfflineMapJob.GetResultAsync();

                // Check for job failure (writing the output was denied, e.g.).
                if (_generateOfflineMapJob.Status != JobStatus.Succeeded)
                    MessageDialog dialog = new MessageDialog("Generate offline map package failed.", "Job status");
                    await dialog.ShowAsync();
                    busyIndicator.Visibility = Windows.UI.Xaml.Visibility.Collapsed;

                // Check for errors with individual layers.
                if (results.LayerErrors.Any())
                    // Build a string to show all layer errors.
                    System.Text.StringBuilder errorBuilder = new System.Text.StringBuilder();
                    foreach (KeyValuePair<Layer, Exception> layerError in results.LayerErrors)
                        errorBuilder.AppendLine(string.Format("{0} : {1}", layerError.Key.Id, layerError.Value.Message));

                    // Show layer errors.
                    string errorText = errorBuilder.ToString();
                    MessageDialog dialog = new MessageDialog(errorText, "Layer errors");
                    await dialog.ShowAsync();

                // Display the offline map.
                MyMapView.Map = results.OfflineMap;

                // Apply the original viewpoint for the offline map.
                MyMapView.SetViewpoint(new Viewpoint(_areaOfInterest));

                // Enable map interaction so the user can explore the offline data.
                MyMapView.InteractionOptions.IsEnabled = true;

                // Hide the "Take map offline" button.
                takeOfflineArea.Visibility = Windows.UI.Xaml.Visibility.Collapsed;

                // Show a message that the map is offline.
                messageArea.Visibility = Windows.UI.Xaml.Visibility.Visible;
            catch (TaskCanceledException)
                // Generate offline map task was canceled.
                MessageDialog dialog = new MessageDialog("Taking map offline was canceled");
                await dialog.ShowAsync();
            catch (Exception ex)
                // Exception while taking the map offline.
                MessageDialog dialog = new MessageDialog(ex.Message, "Offline map error");
                await dialog.ShowAsync();
                // Hide the activity indicator when the job is done.
                busyIndicator.Visibility = Windows.UI.Xaml.Visibility.Collapsed;

        // Show changes in job progress.
        private async void OfflineMapJob_ProgressChanged(object sender, EventArgs e)
            // Get the job.
            GenerateOfflineMapJob job = sender as GenerateOfflineMapJob;

            // Dispatch to the UI thread.
            await Dispatcher.RunAsync( Windows.UI.Core.CoreDispatcherPriority.Normal, () =>
                // Show the percent complete and update the progress bar.
                Percentage.Text = job.Progress > 0 ? job.Progress.ToString() + " %" : string.Empty;
                progressBar.Value = job.Progress;

        private void CancelJobButton_Click(object sender, Windows.UI.Xaml.RoutedEventArgs e)
            // The user canceled the job.

        #region Authentication
        // Constants for OAuth-related values.
        // - The URL of the portal to authenticate with (ArcGIS Online).
        private const string ServerUrl = "";
        // - The Client ID for an app registered with the server (the ID below is for a public app created by the ArcGIS Runtime team).
        private const string AppClientId = @"lgAdHkYZYlwwfAhC";
        // - An optional client secret for the app (only needed for the OAuthAuthorizationCode authorization type).
        private const string ClientSecret = "";
        // - A URL for redirecting after a successful authorization (this must be a URL configured with the app).
        private const string OAuthRedirectUrl = @"my-ags-app://auth";

        private void SetOAuthInfo()
            // Register the server information with the AuthenticationManager.
            ServerInfo serverInfo = new ServerInfo
                ServerUri = new Uri(ServerUrl),
                TokenAuthenticationType = TokenAuthenticationType.OAuthImplicit,
                OAuthClientInfo = new OAuthClientInfo
                    ClientId = AppClientId,
                    RedirectUri = new Uri(OAuthRedirectUrl)

            // Register this server with AuthenticationManager.

            // Use a function in this class to challenge for credentials.
            AuthenticationManager.Current.ChallengeHandler = new ChallengeHandler(CreateCredentialAsync);

            // Note: In a WPF app, you need to associate a custom IOAuthAuthorizeHandler component with the AuthenticationManager to 
            //     handle showing OAuth login controls (AuthenticationManager.Current.OAuthAuthorizeHandler = new MyOAuthAuthorize();).
            //     The UWP AuthenticationManager, however, uses a built-in IOAuthAuthorizeHandler (based on WebAuthenticationBroker).

        public async Task<Credential> CreateCredentialAsync(CredentialRequestInfo info)
            // ChallengeHandler function for AuthenticationManager that will be called whenever a secured resource is accessed.
            Credential credential = null;

                // AuthenticationManager will handle challenging the user for credentials.
                credential = await AuthenticationManager.Current.GenerateCredentialAsync(info.ServiceUri);
            catch (Exception)
                // Exception will be reported in calling function.

            return credential;