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Picture marker symbol

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Use pictures for markers.

Image of picture marker symbol

Use case

When marking geoelements on a map, using custom, unique symbols can be helpful for highlighting and differentiating between locations. For example, a tourism office may use pictures of landmarks as symbols on an online map or app, to help prospective visitors to orient themselves more easily around a city.

How to use the sample

When launched, this sample displays a map with picture marker symbols. Pan and zoom to explore the map.

How it works

  1. Create a PictureMarkerSymbol using the URI to an online or local image or a JavaFX Image (platform dependent).
  2. Create a Graphic and set its symbol to the picture marker symbol.

Relevant API

  • PictureMarkerSymbol

About the data

The picture marker symbols in this sample are all constructed from different types of resources:


graphics, marker, picture, symbol, visualization

Sample Code


        <esriUI:MapView x:Name="MyMapView"/>
// Copyright 2016 Esri.
// Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
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using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Geometry;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Symbology;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.UI;
using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Reflection;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using Windows.UI.Popups;

namespace ArcGISRuntime.UWP.Samples.RenderPictureMarkers
        name: "Picture marker symbol",
        category: "Symbology",
        description: "Use pictures for markers.",
        instructions: "When launched, this sample displays a map with picture marker symbols. Pan and zoom to explore the map.",
        tags: new[] { "graphics", "marker", "picture", "symbol", "visualization" })]
    public sealed partial class RenderPictureMarkers
        public RenderPictureMarkers()

            // Create the UI, setup the control references and execute initialization

        private async void Initialize()
            // Create new Map with basemap
            Map myMap = new Map(Basemap.CreateTopographic());

            // Create and set initial map area
            Envelope initialLocation = new Envelope(
                -229835, 6550763, -222560, 6552021,
            myMap.InitialViewpoint = new Viewpoint(initialLocation);

            // Assign the map to the MapView
            MyMapView.Map = myMap;

            // Create overlay to where graphics are shown
            GraphicsOverlay overlay = new GraphicsOverlay();

            // Add created overlay to the MapView

            // Add graphics using different source types
                await CreatePictureMarkerSymbolFromResources(overlay);
            catch (Exception e)
                await new MessageDialog(e.ToString(), "Error").ShowAsync();

        private void CreatePictureMarkerSymbolFromUrl(GraphicsOverlay overlay)
            // Create uri to the used image
            Uri symbolUri = new Uri(

            // Create new symbol using asynchronous factory method from uri.
            PictureMarkerSymbol campsiteSymbol = new PictureMarkerSymbol(symbolUri)
                Width = 40,
                Height = 40

            // Create location for the campsite
            MapPoint campsitePoint = new MapPoint(-223560, 6552021, SpatialReferences.WebMercator);

            // Create graphic with the location and symbol
            Graphic campsiteGraphic = new Graphic(campsitePoint, campsiteSymbol);

            // Add graphic to the graphics overlay

        private async Task CreatePictureMarkerSymbolFromResources(GraphicsOverlay overlay)
            // Get current assembly that contains the image
            Assembly currentAssembly = GetType().GetTypeInfo().Assembly;

            // Get image as a stream from the resources
            // Picture is defined as EmbeddedResource and DoNotCopy
            Stream resourceStream = currentAssembly.GetManifestResourceStream(

            // Create new symbol using asynchronous factory method from stream
            PictureMarkerSymbol pinSymbol = await PictureMarkerSymbol.CreateAsync(resourceStream);
            pinSymbol.Width = 50;
            pinSymbol.Height = 50;

            // Create location for the pint
            MapPoint pinPoint = new MapPoint(-226773, 6550477, SpatialReferences.WebMercator);

            // Create graphic with the location and symbol
            Graphic pinGraphic = new Graphic(pinPoint, pinSymbol);

            // Add graphic to the graphics overlay