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GeometryEngineSymmetricDifference Method

Performs the Symmetric difference operation on the two geometries.

Namespace:  Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Geometry
Assembly:  Esri.ArcGISRuntime (in Esri.ArcGISRuntime.dll) Version: 100.9.0
public static Geometry SymmetricDifference(
	Geometry geometry1,
	Geometry geometry2


Type: Esri.ArcGISRuntime.GeometryGeometry
is one of the Geometry instances in the XOR operation.
Type: Esri.ArcGISRuntime.GeometryGeometry
is one of the Geometry instances in the XOR operation.

Return Value

Type: Geometry
Returns the result of the symmetric difference. The result has the higher of dimensions of the two geometries.


Example Name: SpatialOperations

Find the union, intersection, or difference of two geometries.

Code example screen shot.

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using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Geometry;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Symbology;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.UI;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Windows;

namespace ArcGISRuntime.WPF.Samples.SpatialOperations
        name: "Perform spatial operations",
        category: "Geometry",
        description: "Find the union, intersection, or difference of two geometries.",
        instructions: "The sample provides an option to select a spatial operation. When an operation is selected, the resulting geometry is shown in red. The 'reset operation' button undoes the action and allow selecting a different operation.",
        tags: new[] { "analysis", "combine", "difference", "geometry", "intersection", "merge", "polygon", "union" })]
    public partial class SpatialOperations
        // GraphicsOverlay to hold the polygon graphics.
        private GraphicsOverlay _polygonsOverlay;

        // Polygon graphics to run spatial operations on.
        private Graphic _graphicOne;
        private Graphic _graphicTwo;

        // Graphic to display the spatial operation result polygon.
        private Graphic _resultGraphic;

        public SpatialOperations()

            // Create the map, set the initial extent, and add the polygon graphics.

        private void Initialize()
            // Create the map with a gray canvas basemap and an initial location centered on London, UK.
            Map spatialOperationsMap = new Map(BasemapType.LightGrayCanvas, 51.5017, -0.12714, 15);

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

            // Create and add two overlapping polygon graphics to operate on.

            // Fill the combo box with some spatial operations to run on the polygon graphics.
            SpatialOperationComboBox.Items.Add("Symmetric difference");

        // Handle the spatial operation selection by performing the operation and showing the result polygon.
        private void SpatialOperationComboBox_SelectionChanged(object sender, System.Windows.Controls.SelectionChangedEventArgs e)
            // If an operation hasn't been selected, return.
            if (SpatialOperationComboBox.SelectedItem == null) { return; }

            // Remove any currently displayed result.

            // Polygon geometry from the input graphics.
            Geometry polygonOne = _graphicOne.Geometry;
            Geometry polygonTwo = _graphicTwo.Geometry;

            // Result polygon for spatial operations.
            Geometry resultPolygon = null;

            // Run the selected spatial operation on the polygon graphics and get the result geometry.
            string operation = (string)SpatialOperationComboBox.SelectedItem;
            switch (operation)
                case "Union":
                    resultPolygon = GeometryEngine.Union(polygonOne, polygonTwo);
                case "Difference":
                    resultPolygon = GeometryEngine.Difference(polygonOne, polygonTwo);
                case "Symmetric difference":
                    resultPolygon = GeometryEngine.SymmetricDifference(polygonOne, polygonTwo);
                case "Intersection":
                    resultPolygon = GeometryEngine.Intersection(polygonOne, polygonTwo);

            // Create a black outline symbol to use for the result polygon.
            SimpleLineSymbol outlineSymbol = new SimpleLineSymbol(SimpleLineSymbolStyle.Solid, System.Drawing.Color.Black, 1);

            // Create a solid red fill symbol for the result polygon graphic.
            SimpleFillSymbol resultSymbol = new SimpleFillSymbol(SimpleFillSymbolStyle.Solid, System.Drawing.Color.Red, outlineSymbol);

            // Create the result polygon graphic and add it to the graphics overlay.
            _resultGraphic = new Graphic(resultPolygon, resultSymbol);

        private void ResetOperationButton_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
            // Remove any currently displayed result.

            // Clear the selected spatial operation.
            SpatialOperationComboBox.SelectedIndex = -1;

        private void CreatePolygonsOverlay()
            // Create a black outline symbol to use for the polygons.
            SimpleLineSymbol outlineSymbol = new SimpleLineSymbol(SimpleLineSymbolStyle.Solid, System.Drawing.Color.Black, 1);

            // Create a point collection to define polygon vertices.
            PointCollection polygonVertices = new PointCollection(SpatialReferences.WebMercator)
                new MapPoint(-13960, 6709400),
                new MapPoint(-14660, 6710000),
                new MapPoint(-13760, 6710730),
                new MapPoint(-13300, 6710500),
                new MapPoint(-13160, 6710100)

            // Create a polygon graphic with a blue fill.
            SimpleFillSymbol fillSymbol = new SimpleFillSymbol(SimpleFillSymbolStyle.Vertical, System.Drawing.Color.Blue, outlineSymbol);
            Polygon polygonOne = new Polygon(polygonVertices);
            _graphicOne = new Graphic(polygonOne, fillSymbol);

            // Create a point collection to define outer polygon ring vertices.
            PointCollection outerRingVerticesCollection = new PointCollection(SpatialReferences.WebMercator)
                new MapPoint(-13060, 6711030),
                new MapPoint(-12160, 6710730),
                new MapPoint(-13160, 6709700),
                new MapPoint(-14560, 6710730)

            // Create a point collection to define inner polygon ring vertices ("donut hole").
            PointCollection innerRingVerticesCollection = new PointCollection(SpatialReferences.WebMercator)
                new MapPoint(-13060, 6710910),
                new MapPoint(-14160, 6710630),
                new MapPoint(-13160, 6709900),
                new MapPoint(-12450, 6710660)

            // Create a list to contain the inner and outer ring point collections.
            List<PointCollection> polygonParts = new List<PointCollection>

            // Create a polygon graphic with a green fill.
            fillSymbol = new SimpleFillSymbol(SimpleFillSymbolStyle.Horizontal, System.Drawing.Color.Green, outlineSymbol);
            _graphicTwo = new Graphic(new Polygon(polygonParts), fillSymbol);

            // Create a graphics overlay in the map view to hold the polygons.
            _polygonsOverlay = new GraphicsOverlay();

            // Add the polygons to the graphics overlay.
        <esri:MapView x:Name="MyMapView" />
        <Border Style="{StaticResource BorderStyle}">
                <TextBlock Margin="5" Text="Select a spatial operation:" />
                    SelectionChanged="SpatialOperationComboBox_SelectionChanged" />
                    Content="Reset operation" />
See Also
Additional Examples
Hyperlink to ExampleDescription
SpatialOperationsFind the union, intersection, or difference of two geometries.