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Simple renderer

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Display common symbols for all graphics in a graphics overlay with a renderer.

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Use case

Graphics are often used to display data that changes location regularly because they are held in memory instead of being persisted to the map. When a number of graphics are required to share the same style, a simple renderer can be applied to the graphics overlay containing the graphics. For example, the location of mobile taxis from a same company could be plotted on a map with each taxi marked by a relevant symbol.

How to use the sample

The sample loads with a predefined simple renderer, which displays a red cross simple marker symbol for the graphics in the graphics overlay.

How it works

  1. Create a GraphicsOverlay.
  2. Create a number of Point objects with x, y and spatial reference parameters.
  3. Create a SimpleMarkerSymbol passing in a SimpleMarkerSymbol.Style, color and size as parameters.
  4. Create a simple renderer with SimpleRenderer(simpleMarkerSymbol).
  5. Set the simple renderer to the graphics overlay using graphicsOverlay.setRenderer(simpleRenderer).
  6. Create a number of Graphic objects with the points initiated in step 2.
  7. Add the graphics to the graphics overlay with graphicsOverlay.Graphics.Add(graphic).

Relevant API

  • Graphic
  • GraphicsOverlay
  • Point
  • SimpleMarkerSymbol
  • SimpleRenderer

Additional information

Renderers are used to display graphics that don't already have a symbol set. A renderer will not override a graphic's symbol if one has been set.


graphics, marker, renderer, symbol, symbolize, symbology

Sample Code


        <esriUI:MapView x:Name="MyMapView"/>
// Copyright 2017 Esri.
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using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Geometry;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Symbology;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.UI;
using System.Drawing;

namespace ArcGISRuntime.UWP.Samples.SimpleRenderers
        name: "Simple renderer",
        category: "Symbology",
        description: "Display common symbols for all graphics in a graphics overlay with a renderer.",
        instructions: "The sample loads with a predefined simple renderer, which displays a red cross simple marker symbol for the graphics in the graphics overlay.",
        tags: new[] { "graphics", "marker", "renderer", "symbol", "symbolize", "symbology" })]
    public sealed partial class SimpleRenderers
        public SimpleRenderers()

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

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

            // Create several map points using the WGS84 coordinates (latitude and longitude)
            MapPoint oldFaithfulPoint = new MapPoint(-110.828140, 44.460458, SpatialReferences.Wgs84);
            MapPoint cascadeGeyserPoint = new MapPoint(-110.829004, 44.462438, SpatialReferences.Wgs84);
            MapPoint plumeGeyserPoint = new MapPoint(-110.829381, 44.462735, SpatialReferences.Wgs84);

            // Use the two points farthest apart to create an envelope
            Envelope initialEnvelope = new Envelope(oldFaithfulPoint, plumeGeyserPoint);

            // Set the map initial viewpoint
            myMap.InitialViewpoint = new Viewpoint(initialEnvelope);

            // Add the map to the map view
            MyMapView.Map = myMap;

            // Set the viewpoint to the envelope with padding.
            MyMapView.SetViewpointGeometryAsync(initialEnvelope, 50);

            // Create a graphics overlay
            GraphicsOverlay myGraphicOverlay = new GraphicsOverlay();

            // Create graphics based upon the map points
            Graphic oldFaithfulGraphic = new Graphic(oldFaithfulPoint);
            Graphic cascadeGeyserGraphic = new Graphic(cascadeGeyserPoint);
            Graphic plumeGeyserGraphic = new Graphic(plumeGeyserPoint);

            // Add the graphics to the graphics overlay

            // Create a simple marker symbol - red, cross, size 12
            SimpleMarkerSymbol mySymbol = new SimpleMarkerSymbol(SimpleMarkerSymbolStyle.Cross, Color.Red, 12);

            // Create a simple renderer based on the simple marker symbol
            SimpleRenderer myRenderer = new SimpleRenderer(mySymbol);

            // Apply the renderer to the graphics overlay (all graphics use the same symbol)
            myGraphicOverlay.Renderer = myRenderer;

            // Add the graphics overlay to the map view