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The WinForms Map control is a powerful data visualization component that displays statistical information for a geographical area. It has highly interactive and customizable features such as zooming, panning, selecting, markers, bubbles, and color mapping. Using the Map control, you can render various types of maps, such as sales, political boundary, weather, electoral, and route.

Shape layers

Render geographical shapes or custom shapes in the WinForms Map.

WinForms Map data.


Bind shapefiles (.shp) and GeoJSON (.json) data to maps to render any geometric shape.

WinForms Map customizing shapes.


Customize the default style of a shape using the color, stroke, and thickness properties.

WinForms Map custom shapes support.

Custom shapes

Render any custom shape to represent building infrastructure, a sports stadium, plane or bus seat arrangements, and more.

WinForms Map sublayer support.


Load multiple shape files in a single map view. For example, add a sublayer over a main shape layer to view geographic features such as rivers, valleys, and cities.

Data labels

Easily annotate WinForms Map shapes with labels to improve the readability of a particular shape’s name. Customize the look and feel of default labels using font style, size, and color properties.

WinForms Map with data label

Heat map

Produce a heat map by customizing shape colors based on the underlying shape value.

WinForms Map with equal color mapping support.

Equal color mapping

Equal color mapping differentiates a shape’s fill color based on its underlying value and color. For example, apply colors to states based on their winning political candidates.

WinForms Map with range color mapping support.

Range color mapping

Apply colors to shapes by comparing their values with specified numeric ranges. For example, apply colors to states based on their population density.

Map annotations

Map annotations allow you to denote a place with symbols, like pins, or display a message at specific coordinates on a map.

WinForms Map with marker.

Annotation types

You can draw shapes like circles, diamonds, rectangles, and squares to highlight a place.

WinForms Map with custom marker.

Custom map annotation

Customize map annotations by adding images or any custom shape to highlight a location.

Map bubbles

Bubbles are used to add information to shapes, such as population density, land area, and more. They are rendered with various magnitudes and colors based on the underlying data values of the shapes.

WinForms Map with bubble color customization.

Color customization

Customize the default color of a bubble and its transparency using the fill and opacity properties.

WinForms Map with bubble size customization.

Size customization

Customize the minimum and maximum sizes of a bubble to enhance its readability.

User interactions

Interactive features, such as selecting, zooming, and panning, greatly enhance user experience.

WinForms Map showing selection functionality while tapping shapes.


Select or highlight an area or shape to center the view over that area on a map.

WinForms Map showing zooming and panning functionality.

Zooming and panning

Zooming allows users to get a closer look at a particular area, and panning allows them to move a map around to focus on different areas.


The tooltip control displays a pop-up with additional information about shapes, markers, and bubbles when the end user taps map elements.

WinForms Map tooltip showing information about tapped elements.

WinForms Map Code Example

Easily get started with the WinForms Map using a few simple lines of C# code example as demonstrated below. Also explore our WinForms Map Example that shows you how to render and configure the Maps in WinForms.

using Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Maps;
namespace WindowsFormsApplication1
    public partial class Form1 : Form
        Maps mapsControl1;
        public Form1()
            mapsControl1 = new Maps();
            this.mapsControl1.Name = "mapsControl1";
            this.mapsControl1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(880, 585);
            this.ClientSize = new System.Drawing.Size(880, 585);
            ShapeFileLayer shapeLayer = new ShapeFileLayer();
            shapeLayer.Uri = "world-map.json"; // Follow the link to download - https://cdn.syncfusion.com/maps/map-data/world-map.json


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Render geometric or custom shapes using the shapefile data(.shp).
  • Add map points on maps at the specified latitude and longitude position.
  • Smooth zooming.
  • One of the best WinForms Maps in the market that offers feature-rich UI to interact with the software.
  • Simple configuration and API.
  • Expansive learning resources such as demos and documentation to learn quickly and get started with WinForms Map.

You can find our WinForms Map demo on

GitHub location.

No, this is a commercial product and requires a paid license. However, a free community license is also available for companies and individuals whose organizations have less than $1 million USD in annual gross revenue, 5 or fewer developers, and 10 or fewer total employees.

A good place to start would be our comprehensive getting started documentation.

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