Skip To Content ArcGIS for Developers Sign In Dashboard

ArcGIS Runtime SDK for .NET

Symbolize shapefile

This code sample is available for these platforms:
View Sample on GitHub

Display a shapefile with custom symbology.

Image of symbolize shapefile

Use case

Feature layers created from shapefiles do not possess any rendering information, and will be assigned with a default symbology. You can apply custom styling to ensure that the content is visible and usable in the context of a specific map. For example, you could use this to visually differentiate between features originating from two different shapefiles, by applying a blue color to one, and a red color to the other.

How to use the sample

Click the button to apply a new symbology renderer to the feature layer created from the shapefile.

How it works

  1. Create a ShapefileFeatureTable, providing the path to a shapefile.
  2. Create a FeatureLayer and associate it with the ShapeFileFeatureTable.
  3. Create a SimpleRenderer to override the default symbology. The simple renderer takes a symbol and applies that to all features in a layer.
  4. Apply the renderer to the FeatureLayer by setting the renderer.

Relevant API

  • FeatureLayer
  • ShapefileFeatureTable
  • SimpleFillSymbol
  • SimpleLineSymbol
  • SimpleRenderer

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 displays a shapefile containing subdivisions in Aurora, CO.

Additional information

While shapefiles contain no rendering information, other data sources such as Service Feature Tables or Geodatabase Feature Tables can contain such information. As a result, the rendering properties of the other data sources can be pre-defined by the author.


package, shape file, shapefile, symbology, visualization

Sample Code

        <esriUI:MapView x:Name="MyMapView" />
        <Border Style="{StaticResource BorderStyle}">
            <Button x:Name="RendererButton"
                    Content="Change renderer"
                    Click="RendererButton_Click" />
// Copyright 2017 Esri.
// Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
// You may obtain a copy of the License at:
// Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an
// "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific
// language governing permissions and limitations under the License.

using System;
using ArcGISRuntime.Samples.Managers;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Data;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Geometry;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Symbology;
using System.Drawing;
using Windows.UI.Popups;

namespace ArcGISRuntime.UWP.Samples.SymbolizeShapefile
        name: "Symbolize shapefile",
        category: "Data",
        description: "Display a shapefile with custom symbology.",
        instructions: "Click the button to apply a new symbology renderer to the feature layer created from the shapefile. ",
        tags: new[] { "package", "shape file", "shapefile", "symbology", "visualization" })]
    public partial class SymbolizeShapefile
        // Hold reference to the feature layer so that its renderer can be changed when button is pushed
        private FeatureLayer _shapefileFeatureLayer;

        // Hold reference to default renderer to enable switching back
        private Renderer _defaultRenderer;

        // Hold reference to alternate renderer to enable switching
        private SimpleRenderer _alternateRenderer;

        public SymbolizeShapefile()

            // Setup the control references and execute initialization

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

            // Create the point for the map's initial viewpoint
            MapPoint point = new MapPoint(-11662054, 4818336, SpatialReference.Create(3857));

            // Create a viewpoint for the point
            Viewpoint viewpoint = new Viewpoint(point, 200000);

            // Set the initial viewpoint
            myMap.InitialViewpoint = viewpoint;

            // Create a shapefile feature table from the shapefile path
            ShapefileFeatureTable myFeatureTable = new ShapefileFeatureTable(GetShapefilePath());

            // Create a layer from the feature table
            _shapefileFeatureLayer = new FeatureLayer(myFeatureTable);

            // Add the layer to the map

            // Create the symbology for the alternate renderer
            SimpleLineSymbol lineSymbol = new SimpleLineSymbol(SimpleLineSymbolStyle.Solid, Color.Red, 1.0);
            SimpleFillSymbol fillSymbol = new SimpleFillSymbol(SimpleFillSymbolStyle.Solid, Color.Yellow, lineSymbol);

            // Create the alternate renderer
            _alternateRenderer = new SimpleRenderer(fillSymbol);

                // Wait for the layer to load so that it will be assigned a default renderer
                await _shapefileFeatureLayer.LoadAsync();

                // Hold a reference to the default renderer (to enable switching between the renderers)
                _defaultRenderer = _shapefileFeatureLayer.Renderer;

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

                // Enable changing symbology now that sample is loaded
                RendererButton.IsEnabled = true;
            catch (Exception e)
                await new MessageDialog(e.ToString(), "Error").ShowAsync();

        private void RendererButton_Click(object sender, Windows.UI.Xaml.RoutedEventArgs e)
            // Toggle the renderer
            if (_shapefileFeatureLayer.Renderer == _defaultRenderer)
                _shapefileFeatureLayer.Renderer = _alternateRenderer;
                _shapefileFeatureLayer.Renderer = _defaultRenderer;

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