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RasterLayer Class

An instance of this class allows you to display raster data (from a raster data source).
Inheritance Hierarchy

Namespace:  Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping
Assembly:  Esri.ArcGISRuntime (in Esri.ArcGISRuntime.dll) Version: 100.11.0
public sealed class RasterLayer : ImageAdjustmentLayer, 
	IPopupSource, ITimeAware

The RasterLayer type exposes the following members.

Public methodRasterLayer(String)
Initializes a new instance of the RasterLayer class.
Public methodRasterLayer(Item)
Initializes a new instance of the RasterLayer class with the given image service portal item.
Public methodCode exampleRasterLayer(Raster)
Initializes a new instance of the RasterLayer class from a raster.
Public propertyAttribution
Gets the attribution text for the layer.
(Inherited from Layer.)
Public propertyBrightness
Gets or sets layer brightness level.
(Inherited from ImageAdjustmentLayer.)
Public propertyCanChangeVisibility
Gets a value indicating whether the layer content's visibility can be changed.
(Inherited from Layer.)
Public propertyContrast
Gets or sets layer contrast level.
(Inherited from ImageAdjustmentLayer.)
Public propertyDescription
Gets the description for the layer.
(Inherited from Layer.)
Public propertyCode exampleFullExtent
Gets the full extent of the layer, which is the extent where all the data in the layer is contained.
(Inherited from Layer.)
Public propertyFullTimeExtent
Gets the temporal window that encapsulates the instance's complete set of data
Public propertyGamma
Gets or sets layer gamma level.
(Inherited from ImageAdjustmentLayer.)
Public propertyCode exampleId
Gets or sets an identifier for the layer
(Inherited from Layer.)
Public propertyIsIdentifyEnabled
Gets a value indicating whether the layer supports the identify operation.
(Inherited from Layer.)
Public propertyIsPopupEnabled
Gets or sets a value indicating whether the PopupDefinition defined on the RasterLayer is enabled.
Public propertyIsTimeFilteringEnabled
Gets or sets whether the instance respects any temporal filters that are applied to it
Public propertyIsVisible
Gets or sets a value indicating whether the layer content is visible.
(Inherited from Layer.)
Public propertyItem
Gets the ArcGIS Item
(Inherited from Layer.)
Public propertyLoadError
Gets the load error of the layer, if there is one.
(Inherited from Layer.)
Public propertyCode exampleLoadStatus
Gets the load status of the layer.
(Inherited from Layer.)
Public propertyCode exampleMaxScale
Gets or sets the maximum scale where the layer is visible.
(Inherited from Layer.)
Public propertyCode exampleMinScale
Gets or sets the minimum scale where the layer is visible.
(Inherited from Layer.)
Public propertyCode exampleName
Gets or sets the name of the layer content.
(Inherited from Layer.)
Public propertyCode exampleOpacity
Gets or sets the opacity of the layer.
(Inherited from Layer.)
Public propertyPopupDefinition
Gets or sets the pop-up definition for the RasterLayer.
Public propertyRaster
Gets or sets the raster object on the layer.
Public propertyCode exampleRenderer
Gets or sets the raster renderer used for this layer.
Public propertyShowInLegend
Gets or sets a value indicating whether the layer content participates in the legend.
(Inherited from Layer.)
Public propertySpatialReference
Gets the spatial reference of the layer.
(Inherited from Layer.)
Public propertyCode exampleSublayerContents
Gets the sub layer contents of a layer content.
(Inherited from Layer.)
Public propertySupportsTimeFiltering
Gets whether the instance supports filtering its data based on time
Public propertyTimeInterval
Gets a temporal value that represents the suggested temporal interval to use when sequentially stepping through the instance's data by time
Public propertyTimeOffset
Gets or sets the amount of time by which to offset the temporal values of data points in this instance when displaying the data in a GeoView
Public methodCancelLoad
Cancels an ongoing load.
(Inherited from Layer.)
Public methodCode exampleClone
Clones this instance of Layer and its members.
(Inherited from Layer.)
Public methodGetLegendInfosAsync
Returns an immutable list of LegendInfo.
(Inherited from Layer.)
Public methodIsVisibleAtScale
Returns the layer content's effective visibility at the specified scale.
(Inherited from Layer.)
Public methodCode exampleLoadAsync
Initiates loading of a layer
(Inherited from Layer.)
Public methodRetryLoadAsync
Retry loading the layer.
(Inherited from Layer.)
Public eventFullTimeExtentChanged
Raised when the FullTimeExtent of the instance's data changes
Public eventLoaded
Occurs when the layer is loaded.
(Inherited from Layer.)
Public eventLoadStatusChanged
Occurs when the layer LoadStatus is changed.
(Inherited from Layer.)
Public eventPropertyChanged
Occurs when a property value changes.
(Inherited from Layer.)

In its simplest form, raster data consists of a matrix of cells (or pixels) organized into rows and columns (or a grid) where each cell contains a value representing information. Raster layer can support these main types of raster data sources:

You can change how a raster layer is visualized by creating a RasterRenderer and applying it to the layer. Each raster layer supports identify on its individual cells when it is displayed in a MapView or SceneView. The raster layer adopts the loadable pattern; many of its properties are initialized asynchronously. See ILoadable for more information.

If a raster dataset has just one value associated with each cell it is called a single-band raster. For example, in a digital elevation model (DEM) each cell contains one value representing the elevation at that location.

A satellite image, however, commonly has multiple bands representing different wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum. Landsat imagery, for example, contains seven bands that represent data from the visible and infrared parts of the spectrum. Rasters are particularly useful for remote sensing tasks, such as monitoring vegetation and seeing through smoke to analyze an active fire.

Raster datasets can be quite large. The size of the dataset depends on the following:

  • The geographic extent of the data.
  • The size of the cells used (resolution).
  • The number of bands.

As with any data consumed locally, file size can be an issue for storage as well as for transferring datasets over the network.

Sample Code:



Example Name: RasterLayerGeoPackage

Display a raster contained in a GeoPackage.

Code example screen shot.

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using System;
using ArcGISRuntime.Samples.Managers;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Data;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Rasters;
using System.Linq;
using System.Windows;

namespace ArcGISRuntime.WPF.Samples.RasterLayerGeoPackage
        name: "Raster layer (GeoPackage)",
        category: "Data",
        description: "Display a raster contained in a GeoPackage.",
        instructions: "When the sample starts, a raster will be loaded from a GeoPackage and displayed in the map view.",
        tags: new[] { "OGC", "container", "data", "image", "import", "layer", "package", "raster", "visualization" })]
    public partial class RasterLayerGeoPackage
        public RasterLayerGeoPackage()

            // Read data from the GeoPackage

        private async void Initialize()
            // Create a new map
            MyMapView.Map = new Map(BasemapStyle.ArcGISLightGray);

            // Get the full path
            string geoPackagePath = GetGeoPackagePath();

                // Open the GeoPackage
                GeoPackage myGeoPackage = await GeoPackage.OpenAsync(geoPackagePath);

                // Read the raster images and get the first one
                Raster gpkgRaster = myGeoPackage.GeoPackageRasters.FirstOrDefault();

                // Make sure an image was found in the package
                if (gpkgRaster == null) { return; }

                // Create a layer to show the raster
                RasterLayer newLayer = new RasterLayer(gpkgRaster);
                await newLayer.LoadAsync();

                // Set the viewpoint
                await MyMapView.SetViewpointAsync(new Viewpoint(newLayer.FullExtent));

                // Add the image as a raster layer to the map (with default symbology)
            catch (Exception e)
                MessageBox.Show(e.ToString(), "Error");

        private static string GetGeoPackagePath()

            return DataManager.GetDataFolder("68ec42517cdd439e81b036210483e8e7", "AuroraCO.gpkg");
        <esri:MapView x:Name="MyMapView"/>
See Also
Additional Examples
Hyperlink to ExampleDescription
ApplyMosaicRuleApply mosaic rule to a mosaic dataset of rasters.
ChangeBlendRendererBlend a hillshade with a raster by specifying the elevation data. The resulting raster looks similar to the original raster, but with some terrain shading, giving it a textured look.
ChangeStretchRendererUse a stretch renderer to enhance the visual contrast of raster data for analysis.
IdentifyRasterCellGet the cell value of a local raster at the tapped location and display the result in a callout.
RasterColormapRendererApply a colormap renderer to a raster.
RasterHillshadeUse a hillshade renderer on a raster.
RasterLayerFileCreate and use a raster layer made from a local raster file.
RasterLayerGeoPackageDisplay a raster contained in a GeoPackage.
RasterLayerImageServiceRasterCreate a raster layer from a raster image service.
RasterLayerRasterFunctionLoad a raster from a service, then apply a function to it.
RasterRenderingRuleDisplay a raster on a map and apply different rendering rules to that raster.
RasterRgbRendererApply an RGB renderer to a raster layer to enhance feature visibility.
ReadGeoPackageAdd rasters and feature tables from a GeoPackage to a map.