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Read shapefile metadata

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Read a shapefile and display its metadata.


Use case

You can display information about the shapefile your user is viewing, like tags, credits, and summary.

How to use the sample

The shapefile's metadata will be displayed when you open the sample.

How it works

  1. Call ShapefileFeatureTable.OpenAsync("path_to_shapefile") to create the ShapefileFeatureTable.
  2. Get the ShapefileInfo from the feature table's Info property.
  3. Get the image from fileInfo.Thumbnail and display it.
  4. Display the Summary, Credits, and Tags properties from the shapefile info.

Relevant API

  • ShapefileFeatureTable
  • ShapefileFeatureTable.Info
  • ShapefileFeatureTable.OpenAsync
  • ShapefileInfo
  • ShapefileInfo.Credits
  • ShapefileInfo.Summary
  • ShapefileInfo.Tags
  • ShapefileInfo.Thumbnail

Offline data

This sample downloads the following items from ArcGIS Online automatically:

  • - Shapefiles that cover Aurora Colorado: Public art (points), Bike trails (lines), and Subdivisions (polygons).

About the data

This sample uses a shapefile showing trail bike paths in Aurora, CO. The shapefile is available as an item on ArcGIS Online.


credits, description, metadata, package, shape file, shapefile, summary, symbology, tags, visualization

Sample Code

        <esriUI:MapView x:Name="MyMapView" />
        <Border Style="{StaticResource BorderStyle}">
            <Grid x:Name="InfoPanel">
                    <RowDefinition Height="Auto" />
                    <RowDefinition Height="Auto" />
                    <RowDefinition Height="Auto" />
                    <RowDefinition Height="Auto" />
                    <ColumnDefinition Width="Auto" />
                    <ColumnDefinition Width="*" />
                <TextBlock Text="{Binding Credits}"
                           Grid.Row="0" Grid.Column="0" Grid.ColumnSpan="2"
                           FontWeight="SemiBold" TextAlignment="Center" />
                <TextBlock Text="{Binding Summary}"
                           Grid.Row="1" Grid.Column="0" Grid.ColumnSpan="2"
                           TextWrapping="Wrap" />
                <Image x:Name="ShapefileThumbnailImage"
                       Grid.Row="2" Grid.Column="0" Grid.ColumnSpan="2"
                       Margin="10" />
                <TextBlock Text="Tags:"
                           Grid.Row="3" Grid.Column="0"
                           VerticalAlignment="Center" />
                <ListBox ItemsSource="{Binding Tags}"
                         Grid.Row="3" Grid.Column="1"
                         HorizontalAlignment="Stretch" />
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using System;
using Windows.UI.Popups;
using ArcGISRuntime.Samples.Managers;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Data;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.UI;

namespace ArcGISRuntime.UWP.Samples.ReadShapefileMetadata
        "Read shapefile metadata",
        "This sample demonstrates how to open a shapefile stored on the device, read metadata that describes the dataset, and display it as a feature layer with default symbology.",
        "The shapefile will be downloaded from an ArcGIS Online portal automatically."
    public partial class ReadShapefileMetadata
        public ReadShapefileMetadata()

            // Open a shapefile stored locally and add it to the map as a feature layer

        private async void Initialize()
            // Create a new map to display in the map view with a streets basemap
            Map streetMap = new Map(Basemap.CreateStreetsVector());

            // Get the path to the downloaded shapefile
            string filepath = GetShapefilePath();

                // Open the shapefile
                ShapefileFeatureTable myShapefile = await ShapefileFeatureTable.OpenAsync(filepath);

                // Read metadata about the shapefile and display it in the UI
                ShapefileInfo fileInfo = myShapefile.Info;
                InfoPanel.DataContext = fileInfo;

                // Display the shapefile thumbnail in an image control
                ShapefileThumbnailImage.Source = await RuntimeImageExtensions.ToImageSourceAsync(fileInfo.Thumbnail);

                // Create a feature layer to display the shapefile
                FeatureLayer newFeatureLayer = new FeatureLayer(myShapefile);
                await newFeatureLayer.LoadAsync();

                // Zoom the map to the extent of the shapefile
                MyMapView.SpatialReferenceChanged += async (s, e) =>
                    await MyMapView.SetViewpointGeometryAsync(newFeatureLayer.FullExtent);

                // Add the feature layer to the map

                // Show the map in the MapView
                MyMapView.Map = streetMap;
            catch (Exception e)
                await new MessageDialog(e.ToString(), "Error").ShowAsync();

        private static string GetShapefilePath()
            return DataManager.GetDataFolder("d98b3e5293834c5f852f13c569930caa", "TrailBikeNetwork.shp");