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Group layers

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Group a collection of layers together and toggle their visibility as a group.

Use case

Group layers communicate to the user that layers are related and can be managed together.

In a land development project, you might group layers according to the phase of development.

How to use the sample

The layers in the map will be displayed in a format similar to a table of contents. Toggle the checkbox next to a layer's name to change its visibility. Turning a group layer's visibility off will override the visibility of its child layers.

How it works

NOTE See WPF for an example of using a TreeView with a hierarchical data template.

  1. Create an empty GroupLayer.
  2. Add a child layer to the group layer's layers collection.
  3. To build the table of contents:
    • Use a ListView to show the top-level layers
    • In the ListView's ItemTemplate, show a checkbox and label, bound to the IsVisible and Name properties.
    • If the layer has SublayerContents (as GroupLayer does), show another ListView, configured to display similarly to the top-level layers.
  4. To toggle the visibility of the group, change the group layer's visibility property.

Relevant API

  • GroupLayer
  • ILayerContent

Additional information

The full extent of a group layer may change when child layers are added/removed. Group layers do not have a spatial reference, but the full extent will have the spatial reference of the first child layer.

Group layers can be saved to web scenes. In web maps, group layers will be flattened in the web map's operational layers.


Layers, group layer

Sample Code

        <esriUI:SceneView x:Name="MySceneView" />
        <Border Style="{StaticResource BorderStyle}">
                    <RowDefinition Height="auto" />
                    <RowDefinition Height="*" />
                <TextBlock Text="Select layers for display."
                           Grid.Row="0" Margin="5"
                           Foreground="Black" FontWeight="SemiBold" TextAlignment="Center" />
                <!-- This is a workaround until UWP TreeView supports proper HierarchicalDataTemplate. -->
                <ListView SelectionMode="None"
                          ItemsSource="{Binding ElementName=MySceneView,Path=Scene.OperationalLayers}"
                        <DataTemplate x:DataType="mapping:Layer">
                                <CheckBox IsChecked="{Binding IsVisible,Mode=TwoWay}"
                                          Content="{Binding Name,Mode=OneWay}" />
                                <ListView SelectionMode="None" ItemsSource="{Binding SublayerContents}"
                                        <DataTemplate x:DataType="mapping:ILayerContent">
                                                <CheckBox IsChecked="{Binding IsVisible,Mode=TwoWay}"
                                                          Content="{Binding Name,Mode=OneWay}" />
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using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using System;
using System.Linq;
using System.Threading.Tasks;

namespace ArcGISRuntime.UWP.Samples.GroupLayers
        "Group layers",
        "Group a collection of layers together and toggle their visibility as a group.",
    public partial class GroupLayers
        public GroupLayers()

        private async void Initialize()
            // Create the layers.
            ArcGISSceneLayer devOne = new ArcGISSceneLayer(new Uri(""));
            FeatureLayer devTwo = new FeatureLayer(new Uri(""));
            ArcGISSceneLayer devThree = new ArcGISSceneLayer(new Uri(""));
            ArcGISSceneLayer nonDevOne = new ArcGISSceneLayer(new Uri(""));
            FeatureLayer nonDevTwo = new FeatureLayer(new Uri(""));

            // Create the group layer and add sublayers.
            GroupLayer gLayer = new GroupLayer();
            gLayer.Name = "Group: Dev A";

            // Create the scene with a basemap.
            MySceneView.Scene = new Scene(Basemap.CreateImagery());

            // Add the top-level layers to the scene.

            // Wait for all of the layers in the group layer to load.
            await Task.WhenAll(gLayer.Layers.ToList().Select(m => m.LoadAsync()).ToList());

            // Zoom to the extent of the group layer.
            MySceneView.SetViewpoint(new Viewpoint(gLayer.FullExtent));