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Reverse geocode

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Use an online service to find the address for a tapped point.

Image of reverse geocode

Use case

You might use a geocoder to find a customer's delivery address based on the location returned by their device's GPS.

How to use the sample

Tap the map to see the nearest address displayed in a callout.

How it works

  1. Create a LocatorTask object using a URL to a geocoder service.
  2. Set the GeocodeParameters for the LocatorTask and specify the geocoder's attributes.
  3. Get the matching results from the GeocodeResult using LocatorTask.reverseGeocodeAsync.
  4. Show the results using a PictureMarkerSymbol and add the symbol to a Graphic in the GraphicsOverlay.

Relevant API

  • GeocodeParameters
  • LocatorTask
  • ReverseGeocodeParameters


address, geocode, locate, reverse geocode, search

Sample Code

        <esriUI:MapView x:Name="MyMapView" />
        <Border Style="{StaticResource BorderStyle}">
            <TextBlock Text="Tap to find the nearest address"
                       TextAlignment="Center" FontWeight="SemiBold" />
// Copyright 2019 Esri.
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using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Geometry;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Symbology;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Tasks.Geocoding;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.UI;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.UI.Controls;
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Diagnostics;
using System.IO;
using System.Linq;
using System.Reflection;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using Windows.UI.Popups;

namespace ArcGISRuntime.UWP.Samples.ReverseGeocode
        name: "Reverse geocode",
        category: "Search",
        description: "Use an online service to find the address for a tapped point.",
        instructions: "Tap the map to see the nearest address displayed in a callout.",
        tags: new[] { "address", "geocode", "locate", "reverse geocode", "search" })]
    public partial class ReverseGeocode
        // Service Uri to be provided to the LocatorTask (geocoder).
        private readonly Uri _serviceUri = new Uri("");

        // The LocatorTask provides geocoding services.
        private LocatorTask _geocoder;

        public ReverseGeocode()

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

            // Provide used Map to the MapView.
            MyMapView.Map = myMap;

            // Add a graphics overlay to the map for showing where the user tapped.
            MyMapView.GraphicsOverlays.Add(new GraphicsOverlay());

            // Enable tap-for-info pattern on results.
            MyMapView.GeoViewTapped += MyMapView_GeoViewTapped;

            // Initialize the LocatorTask with the provided service Uri.
                _geocoder = await LocatorTask.CreateAsync(_serviceUri);
            catch (Exception e)
                await new MessageDialog(e.ToString(), "Error configuring geocoder").ShowAsync();

            // Set the initial viewpoint.
            await MyMapView.SetViewpointCenterAsync(34.058, -117.195, 5e4);

        private async void MyMapView_GeoViewTapped(object sender, GeoViewInputEventArgs e)
                // Clear the existing graphics & callouts.

                // Add a graphic for the tapped point.
                Graphic pinGraphic = await GraphicForPoint(e.Location);

                // Normalize the geometry - needed if the user crosses the international date line.
                MapPoint normalizedPoint = (MapPoint)GeometryEngine.NormalizeCentralMeridian(e.Location);

                // Reverse geocode to get addresses.
                IReadOnlyList<GeocodeResult> addresses = await _geocoder.ReverseGeocodeAsync(normalizedPoint);

                // Get the first result.
                GeocodeResult address = addresses.First();

                // Use the city and region for the Callout Title.
                string calloutTitle = address.Attributes["Address"].ToString();

                // Use the metro area for the Callout Detail.
                string calloutDetail = address.Attributes["City"] +
                                       " " + address.Attributes["Region"] +
                                       " " + address.Attributes["CountryCode"];

                // Define the callout.
                CalloutDefinition calloutBody = new CalloutDefinition(calloutTitle, calloutDetail);

                // Show the callout on the map at the tapped location.
                MyMapView.ShowCalloutForGeoElement(pinGraphic, e.Position, calloutBody);
            catch (Exception ex)
                await new MessageDialog("No results found.", "No results").ShowAsync();

        private async Task<Graphic> GraphicForPoint(MapPoint point)
            // 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 = 60;
            pinSymbol.Height = 60;
            // The image is a pin; offset the image so that the pinpoint
            //     is on the point rather than the image's true center.
            pinSymbol.LeaderOffsetX = 30;
            pinSymbol.OffsetY = 14;
            return new Graphic(point, pinSymbol);