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Custom Vector Tile Provider

The Map component allows you to create custom vector tiled map providers that bring map layers visualization different then the default one.

The easiest way to change the tiles is to use the UriVectorTileMapProvider and set its UriTemplate and StyleFileSource properties. See examples in the Vector Tile Providers article.

For more complex customization, you can create custom class that inherit the VectorTileMapProvider. This will allow you to customize also the logic behind the tiles source and also to register custom commands displayed in the Map View Mode list in the navigation element of the Map control.

The following example shows how to implement custom vector tile provider that uses the ArcGIS vector tile services.

Telerik has also a built-in ArcGIS provider that works with the ArcGIS raster-based services. At this point some of its layer options are depricated, so in case you are using it, you may want to migrate to a tile vector-based provider. If so, you can use the custom ArcGIS provider implementation from this article.

Step 1: Creating Vector Tile Map Source

The map source is providing information about the tile that should be downloaded at specific position and zoom level. The custom source allows you to modify the final Uri of the tiles.

To create a custom source, implement a class that derives from UriVectorTileMapSource.

Creating custom UriVectorTileMapSource

public class ArcGisVectorMapSource : UriVectorTileMapSource 
    public ArcGisVectorMapSource(string template) 
          : base(template) 
        this.UniqueId = "ArcGis Vector Map source"; 
    protected override Uri GetTile(int tileLevel, int tilePositionX, int tilePositionY) 
        Uri baseUri = base.GetTile(tileLevel, tilePositionX, tilePositionY); 
        // here you can add accesstoken to the Uri string if needed by the service, or any other modification 
        //string uriWithTonen = baseUri.ToString() + string.Format("?token={0}", yourTokenHere); 
        return new Uri(baseUri.ToString()); 
In case the custom provider should get the tiles using a Stream instead of a Uri, implement the IMapStreamSource and use its GetStream method.

Implementing the IMapStreamSource interface

public class CustomVectorMapSource : UriVectorTileMapSource, IMapStreamSource 
    public CustomVectorMapSource(string template) 
          : base(template) 
        this.UniqueId = "Custom Vector Map source"; 
    public Stream GetStream(int tileLevel, int tilePositionX, int tilePositionY) 
        // create Stream with the tile image for the requested level, x and y positions 
        // return the stream object 
The custom map source can be used with a custom vector tile provider.

Step 2: Creating Vector Provider

The custom provider allows you to use a custom map source and to make sure that the map features are compatible with it. Additional to this, it allows you to register extra commands that will be shown as buttons in the Map View Mode list in the navigation element RadMap.

Creating custom VectorTileMapProvider

public class ArcGisVectorProvider : VectorTileMapProvider 
    private const string template = @"{level}/{y}/{x}"; 
    private ArcGisVectorProvider miniMapProvider; 
    public ArcGisVectorProvider() 
        // This method call and all related code is required only if you want to add custom commands that are displayed in the UI and change the current layout. 
        // If you don't need such customization you can omit this code. 
    public new object Clone() 
        ArcGisVectorProvider clonedProvider = new ArcGisVectorProvider(); 
        this.miniMapProvider = clonedProvider; 
        return clonedProvider; 
    private void PrepareSource() 
        ArcGisVectorMapSource source = new ArcGisVectorMapSource(template); 
        this.MapSources.Add(source.UniqueId, source); 
        if (this.miniMapProvider != null && !this.miniMapProvider.MapSources.ContainsKey(source.UniqueId)) 
            this.miniMapProvider.MapSources.Add(source.UniqueId, source); 
    private void RegisterCommands() 
    private void RegisterSetSourceCommand(string text) 
        CommandDescription description = new CommandDescription() 
            Command = new RoutedUICommand(text, "ChangeStyleCommand", typeof(MapProviderBase)), 
            CommandParameter = text, 
        var canExecute = new CanExecuteRoutedEventHandler(this.CanExecuteChangeStyleCommand); 
        var executeHandler = new ExecutedRoutedEventHandler(this.ExecuteChangeStyleCommand); 
        // This includes the custom options also in the Map View Mode list in the UI. 
        this.CommandBindingCollection.Add(new CommandBinding(description.Command, executeHandler, canExecute)); 
    private void CanExecuteChangeStyleCommand(object sender, CanExecuteRoutedEventArgs e) 
        e.CanExecute = true; 
    private void ExecuteChangeStyleCommand(object sender, ExecutedRoutedEventArgs e) 
        string styleName = e.Parameter as string; 
        string outputDir = AppDomain.CurrentDomain.BaseDirectory; 
        string relativePath = System.IO.Path.GetRelativePath("../../..", outputDir); 
        string projectDir = outputDir.Remove(outputDir.IndexOf(relativePath)); 
        // The file path here points to local files placed in Styles\ESRI\ location in the project directory.  
        // In your case the location may vary so please update this code according to your needs. 
        string styleFilePath = String.Format(projectDir + "Styles\ESRI\{0}.json", styleName); 
        this.StyleFileSource = new Uri(styleFilePath, UriKind.Relative); 

Using the custom map provider

        <local:ArcGisVectorProvider StyleFileSource="C:\MyWpfApplicationFolder\Styles\ESRI\topographic.json"/> 
A RadMap with custom VectorTileMapProvider showing tiles from the ArcGIS vector tile services

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