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Xamarin.Forms Maps 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 for sales, political boundaries, weather, elections, and routes.

Xamarin.Forms Maps control overview.

Shape layers

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

Xamarin.Forms maps rendered with input data.


Shapefiles (.shp) and GeoJSON (.json) data can be bound to maps to render any geometric shape.

Xamarin Forms maps showing a customized shape layer.


The default style of a shape can be customized 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 make a map look like building infrastructure, a sports stadium, plane or bus seat arrangements, and more.

Xamarin.Forms Maps showing sublayers over a main layer.


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

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)

Xamarin OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a map of the world built by a community of mapmakers 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

Xamarin 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.

Auto zoom support for SfMaps

Auto zoom

Set the initial zoom level automatically based on map geo-bounds or distance (KM/miles) from a geo-point center value.

Data labels

Xamarin Map shapes can be easily annotated with labels to improve the readability of particular shape’s names.

Xamarin.Forms Maps showing a customized data label.

Label customization

The look and feel of the default labels can be customized using the font style, size, and color properties.

Xamarin.Forms Maps showing trimmed overlapping data labels.

Smart label alignments

Labels can be aligned smartly within shape boundaries and can be trimmed or hidden 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, colors are applied to the countries based on their time zones.

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

Range color mapping

Colors can be applied to shapes depending on the numeric ranges. For example, colors can be applied 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 map.

Xamarin.Forms Maps showing different types of map markers.

Marker types

The marker type can be changed 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.

Map bubbles

Bubbles are used to add additional information to shapes such as population density or land area. 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

The default color of a bubble and its transparency can be customized using the fill and opacity properties.

Xamarin Forms maps showing size-customized bubbles.

Size customization

The minimum and maximum sizes of a bubble can be customized.

Maps legend

A legend is used to provide valuable information for interpreting maps with various colors, shapes, or other identifiers based on the data and application requirements.

Xamarin.Forms Maps showing customized legend position.

Legend position

The position of a legend can be changed or moved to any place inside the maps.

Xamarin.Forms Maps showing customized legend icons.

Icon customization

The default size of a legend icon can be customized.

User interactions

The end user experience is greatly enhanced by a set of user interaction features such as selection, zooming, and panning.

Xamarin.Forms Maps showing selection functionality while tapping shapes.


A particular area or shape can be selected or highlighted on user interaction to bring the center of the view over other shapes in a map.

Xamarin.Forms Maps showing zooming and panning functionality.

Zooming and panning

Zooming allows end users to get a closer look at a particular area of interest on a map by stretching and pinching it. Panning allows end users to move a map around to focus on a specific area and navigate across its regions.

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

Drilling down

Drill down in 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.

Xamarin.Forms Maps tooltip showing informaton about tapped elements.


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

Xamarin.Forms Maps Code Example

Easily get started with Xamarin.Forms Maps using a few simple lines of XAML and C# code, as demonstrated below. Also explore our Xamarin.Forms Maps Example that shows you how to render the Xamarin.Forms Maps control.





using Syncfusion.SfMaps.XForms;

SfMaps maps = new SfMaps();

 ShapeFileLayer layer = new ShapeFileLayer();




  • Xamarin.Forms
  • Xamarin.Android
  • Xamarin.iOS
The most downloaded control (based on the nuget.org download count).

Frequently Asked Questions

The Syncfusion Xamarin Maps supports the following features:

  • Built-in, online map to display OpenStreetMap, Bing maps, Google Maps and maps from other providers.
  • Graphical representations of geographical points from shape files.
  • Pins or markers placed on maps to show current location or other locations.
  • One of the best Xamarin.Forms Maps in the market that offers feature-rich UI to interact with the software.
  • Simple configuration and API.
  • Use a lightweight and truly native.
  • Expansive learning resources such as demos and documentation to learn quickly and get started with Xamarin Maps.

You can find our Xamarin Maps demo, which demonstrates how to render and configure Maps.

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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