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Load WFS with XML query

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Load a WFS feature table using an XML query.

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Use case

Runtime QueryParameters objects can't represent all possible queries that can be made against a WFS feature service. For example, Runtime query parameters don't support wildcard searches. You can provide queries as raw XML strings, allowing you to access query functionality not available with QueryParameters.

How to use the sample

Run the sample and view the data loaded from the the WFS feature table.

How it works

  1. Create a WfsFeatureTable and a FeatureLayer to visualize the table.
  2. Set the feature request mode to ManualCache.
  3. Call PopulateFromServiceAsync to populate the table with only those features returned by the XML query.

Relevant API

  • FeatureLayer
  • WfsFeatureTable
  • WfsFeatureTable.AxisOrder
  • WfsFeatureTable.PopulateFromServiceAsync

About the data

This service shows trees in downtown Seattle and the surrounding area. An XML-encoded GetFeature request is used to limit results to only trees of the genus Tilia.

For additional information, see the underlying service on ArcGIS Online.


feature, OGC, query, service, web, WFS, XML

Sample Code

        <esriUI:MapView x:Name="MyMapView" />
// Copyright 2019 Esri.
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using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Data;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using System;
using System.Diagnostics;
using Windows.UI.Popups;

namespace ArcGISRuntime.UWP.Samples.WfsXmlQuery
        name: "Load WFS with XML query",
        category: "Layers",
        description: "Load a WFS feature table using an XML query.",
        instructions: "Run the sample and view the data loaded from the the WFS feature table.",
        tags: new[] { "OGC", "WFS", "XML", "feature", "query", "service", "web" })]
    public partial class WfsXmlQuery
        // Constants for the service URL, table name, and the query.
        // To learn more about specifying filters in OGC technologies, see
        private const string XmlQuery = @"
<wfs:GetFeature service=""WFS"" version=""2.0.0""
  <wfs:Query typeNames=""Seattle_Downtown_Features:Trees"">
      <fes:PropertyIsLike wildCard=""*"" escapeChar=""\"">
        <fes:Literal>Tilia *</fes:Literal>

        // Constants for the table name and URL.
        private const string TableUrl = "";
        // Note that the layer name is defined by the service. The layer name can be accessed via WfsLayerInfo.Name. 
        private const string LayerName = "Seattle_Downtown_Features:Trees";

        public WfsXmlQuery()

        private async void Initialize()
            // Create the map with basemap.
            MyMapView.Map = new Map(Basemap.CreateNavigationVector());

                // Create the WFS feature table from URL and name.
                WfsFeatureTable wfsTable = new WfsFeatureTable(new Uri(TableUrl), LayerName);

                // Set the feature request mode to manual. Only calls to PopulateFromService will load features.
                // Features will not be populated automatically when the user pans and zooms the layer.
                wfsTable.FeatureRequestMode = FeatureRequestMode.ManualCache;

                // Load the WFS feature table.
                await wfsTable.LoadAsync();

                // Create a feature layer to visualize the WFS feature table.
                FeatureLayer statesLayer = new FeatureLayer(wfsTable);

                // Add the layer to the map.

                // Populate the WFS feature table with the XML query.
                await wfsTable.PopulateFromServiceAsync(XmlQuery, true);

                // Zoom to the extent of the query results.
                await MyMapView.SetViewpointGeometryAsync(wfsTable.Extent, 50);
            catch (Exception e)
                await new MessageDialog(e.ToString(), "Couldn't populate table with XML query.").ShowAsync();