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Identify KML features

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Show a callout with formatted content for a KML feature.

Image of identify KML features

Use case

A user may wish to select a KML feature to view relevant information about it.

How to use the sample

Tap a feature to identify it. Feature information will be displayed in a callout.

Note: the KML layer used in this sample contains a screen overlay. The screen overlay contains a legend and the logos for NOAA and the NWS. You can't identify the screen overlay.

How it works

  1. Create a listener for the GeoViewTapped event of the MapView.
  2. On tap:
  • Dismiss the Callout, if one is showing.
  • Call IdentifyLayersAsync(...) passing in the KmlLayer, screen point and tolerance.
  • Await the result of the identify and then get the KmlPlacemark from the result.
  • Create a callout at the calculated map point and populate the callout content with text from the placemark's BalloonContent. NOTE: KML supports defining HTML for balloon content and may need to be converted from HTML to text.
  • Show the callout.

Note: There are several types of KML features. This sample only identifies features of type KmlPlacemark.

Relevant API

  • GeoView.IdentifyLayerAsync
  • IdentifyLayerResult
  • KmlLayer
  • KmlPlacemark
  • KmlPlacemark.BalloonContent

About the data

This sample shows a forecast for significant weather within the U.S. Regions of severe thunderstorms, flooding, snowfall, and freezing rain are shown. Tap the features to see details.

Additional information

KML features can have rich HTML content, including images.


Keyhole, KML, KMZ, NOAA, NWS, OGC, weather

Sample Code

        <esriUI:MapView x:Name="MyMapView" />
        <Border Style="{StaticResource BorderStyle}">
        <TextBlock Text="Tap to identify features." HorizontalTextAlignment="Center" FontWeight="SemiBold" />
// Copyright 2017 Esri.
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using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Data;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Geometry;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Ogc;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.UI.Controls;
using System;
using System.Linq;
using Windows.UI.Popups;
using Windows.UI.Xaml.Controls;

namespace ArcGISRuntime.UWP.Samples.IdentifyKmlFeatures
        name: "Identify KML features",
        category: "Layers",
        description: "Show a callout with formatted content for a KML feature.",
        instructions: "Tap a feature to identify it. Feature information will be displayed in a callout.",
        tags: new[] { "KML", "KMZ", "Keyhole", "NOAA", "NWS", "OGC", "weather" })]
    public partial class IdentifyKmlFeatures
        // Hold a reference to the KML layer for use in identify operations.
        private KmlLayer _forecastLayer;

        // Initial view envelope.
        private readonly Envelope _usEnvelope = new Envelope(-144.619561355187, 18.0328662832097, -66.0903762761083, 67.6390975806745, SpatialReferences.Wgs84);

        public IdentifyKmlFeatures()

        private void Initialize()
            // Set up the basemap.
            MyMapView.Map = new Map(Basemap.CreateDarkGrayCanvasVector());

            // Create the dataset.
            KmlDataset dataset = new KmlDataset(new Uri(""));

            // Create the layer from the dataset.
            _forecastLayer = new KmlLayer(dataset);

            // Add the layer to the map.

            // Zoom to the extent of the United States.
            MyMapView.SetViewpoint(new Viewpoint(_usEnvelope));

            // Listen for taps to identify features.
            MyMapView.GeoViewTapped += MyMapView_GeoViewTapped;
        private async void MyMapView_GeoViewTapped(object sender, GeoViewInputEventArgs e)
            // Clear any existing popups.

                // Perform identify on the KML layer and get the results.
                IdentifyLayerResult identifyResult = await MyMapView.IdentifyLayerAsync(_forecastLayer, e.Position, 2, false);

                // Return if there are no results that are KML placemarks.
                if (!identifyResult.GeoElements.OfType<KmlGeoElement>().Any())

                // Get the first identified feature that is a KML placemark
                KmlNode firstIdentifiedPlacemark = identifyResult.GeoElements.OfType<KmlGeoElement>().First().KmlNode;

                // Create a browser to show the feature popup HTML.
                WebView browser = new WebView
                    Width = 400,
                    Height = 100

                // Create and show the callout.
                MyMapView.ShowCalloutAt(e.Location, browser);
            catch (Exception ex)
                await new MessageDialog(ex.ToString(), "Error").ShowAsync();