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Overview

The Xamarin.Forms Maps 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, legends, markers, bubbles, and color mapping. Using the maps control, you can render various maps, such as sales, political-boundary, weather, electoral, and route maps, and much more.

Xamarin.Forms Maps control overview


Shape layers

Shape layers provide options to render geographical shapes or custom shapes on Xamarin.Forms Maps.

Xamarin.Forms maps rendered with input data

Data

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

Xamarin Forms maps showing a customized shape layer

Customization

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

Xamarin.Forms Maps showing bus seat arrangement using custom shape data

Custom shapes

The Xamarin.Forms Maps control allows you to render any custom shape to represent building infrastructure, a sports stadium, plane or bus seat arrangements, and more.

Xamarin.Forms Maps showing sublayers over a main layer

Sublayer

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—in a map of a country.


Imagery layers

Built-in support for external imagery services, such as Bing Maps and OpenStreetMap, is used to visualize satellite, aerial, street map, and other imagery tiles without using shapefiles. Apart from Bing maps and OpenStreetMap, you can also render maps from other map providers such as Google Maps and TomTom.

Xamarin.Forms Maps shows OpenStreetMap support using imagery services

OpenStreetMap (OSM)

OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a map of the world built by a community of mappers that is free to use under an open license. It allows users to view geographical data in a collaborative way from anywhere on Earth.

Xamarin.Forms Maps showing Bing Maps support using imagery services

Bing Maps

Bing Maps, owned by Microsoft, is a map of the entire world. It supports three types of map views: Aerial, Aerial with Labels, and Road.


Data labels

Easily annotate Xamarin.Forms Maps shapes with labels to improve the readability of a particular shape’s name.

Xamarin.Forms Maps showing a customized data label

Label customization

Customize the look and feel of default labels using font style, size, and color properties.

Xamarin.Forms Maps showing trimmed overlapping data labels

Smart label alignments

Align labels smartly within shape boundaries and trim or hide them to avoid labels overlapping.


Heat map

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

Xamarin.Forms Maps showing shape color applied by 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.

Xamarin.Forms Maps showing shape color applied by range color mapping support

Range color mapping

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


Maps markers

Markers allow you to denote a place with symbols, like pins, or display a message at specific coordinates on a Xamarin.Forms Maps.

Xamarin.Forms Maps showing different types of map markers

Marker types

Set the marker type to built-in shapes—such as circles, diamonds, rectangles, or squares—to highlight a place.

Maps for Xamarin.Forms showing marker pins using custom map marker support to indicate a location

Custom markers

Customize markers by adding images or any custom shape to highlight a location


Maps 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.

Xamarin.Forms Maps showing color-customized bubbles

Color customization

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

Xamarin Forms maps showing size-customized bubbles

Size customization

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


Maps legend

Legends provide valuable information for interpreting maps by using colors, shapes, or other identifiers based on data.

Xamarin.Forms Maps showing customized legend position

Legend position

Move a legend to any position inside the Xamarin.Forms Maps.

Xamarin.Forms Maps showing customized legend icons

Icon customization

The default size of a legend icon can be customized.


User interactions

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

Xamarin.Forms Maps showing selection functionality while tapping shapes

Selection

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

Xamarin.Forms Maps showing zooming and panning functionality

Zooming and panning

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

Xamarin.Forms Maps showing drill-down functionality while tapping a world map

Drilling down

Drill down a map to display different shape data located on another layer. For example, you can drill down to a continent in a world map to show the continent separately on another layer.


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