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Web tiled layer

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Display a tiled web layer.

Image of web tiled layer

Use case

Tiled map services are a set of pre-generated images (e.g. "tiles") arranged in folders for each row, column, and zoom level. As you navigate the map, map tiles are requested for the current extent. ArcGISTiledLayer and WMTSLayer are types of tiled map services used for specific data types. WebTiledLayer is useful for displaying other data sources that contain tiles arranged in a row/column/level directory structure, such as OpenStreetMap.

How to use the sample

Run the sample and a map will appear. As you navigate the map, map tiles will be fetched automatically and displayed on the map.

How it works

  1. Create a WebTiledLayer from a URL and a list of subdomains.
  2. Create a new Basemap from the layer.
  3. Update the attribution on the layer. Note: this is a necessary step because web tiled services don't have associated service metadata.
  4. Display the basemap.

Relevant API

  • Basemap
  • WebTiledLayer

About the data

The basemap in this sample is provided by Stamen Design. Stamen publishes tiled services based on OpenStreetMap data with several unique styles applied.

Additional information

Web tiled services use a uniform addressing scheme with pre-rendered tiles. Image tiles are accessed via a URL template string, with parameters for subdomain, level, column, and row.

  • Subdomain is optional and allows Runtime to balance requests among multiple servers for enhanced performance.
  • Level, row, and column select the tiles to load based on the visible extent of the map.

For more information about web tiled layers, see the following resources:


layer, OGC, Open Street Map, OpenStreetMap,, tiled, tiles

Sample Code

        <esriUI:MapView x:Name="MyMapView" />
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using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using System.Collections.Generic;

namespace ArcGISRuntime.UWP.Samples.LoadWebTiledLayer
        name: "Web tiled layer",
        category: "Layers",
        description: "Display a tiled web layer.",
        instructions: "Run the sample and a map will appear. As you navigate the map, map tiles will be fetched automatically and displayed on the map.",
        tags: new[] { "OGC", "Open Street Map", "OpenStreetMap", "layer", "", "tiled", "tiles" })]
    public partial class LoadWebTiledLayer
        // Templated URL to the tile service
        private readonly string _templateUri = "https://stamen-tiles-{subdomain}{level}/{col}/{row}.jpg";

        // List of subdomains for use when constructing the web tiled layer
        private readonly List<string> _tiledLayerSubdomains = new List<string> { "a", "b", "c", "d" };

        // Attribution string for the Stamen service
        private readonly string _attribution = "Map tiles by <a href=\"\">Stamen Design</a>," +
                                               "under <a href=\"\">CC BY 3.0</a>." +
                                               "Data by <a href=\"\">OpenStreetMap</a>," +
                                               "under <a href=\"\">CC BY SA</a>.";

        public LoadWebTiledLayer()

            // Setup the control references and execute initialization

        private void Initialize()
            // Create the layer from the URL and the subdomain list
            WebTiledLayer myBaseLayer = new WebTiledLayer(_templateUri, _tiledLayerSubdomains);

            // Create a basemap from the layer
            Basemap layerBasemap = new Basemap(myBaseLayer);

            // Apply the attribution for the layer
            myBaseLayer.Attribution = _attribution;

            // Create a map to hold the basemap
            Map myMap = new Map(layerBasemap);

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