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ShapefileLayer class provides a way to load an ESRI shapefile into the Map and visualize the shapes defined in it. You would need to create a ShapefileLayer for each shapefile and add it to the Layers collection of RadMap.

Reading a shapefile

ShapefileLayer provides a Reader property used to read the data from the defined shapefile. The Reader is of type Telerik.XamarinForms.Map.MapShapeReader and has two important properties you need to apply in order to properly load and visualize your shapes:

  • Source (of type Telerik.XamarinForms.Map.MapSource) : Gets or sets the MapSource that points to the .shp file to read data from.
  • DataSource (of type Telerik.XamarinForms.Map.MapSource) : Gets or sets the MapSource that points to the *dbf file, containing the data(or attributes) for each shape within the shape file.

The above used MapSource class provides a few useful static methods that will help load the shapefile:

  • FromResource(string resource, Assembly sourceAssembly) / FromResource(string resource, Type resolvingType): Two overrides you can choose from to easily create MapSource from a provided embedded resource.

  • FromStream(Stream stream): returns a MapSource from a passed stream.

  • FromFile(string file): Returns MapSource from a passed string the represents a specific file path.

In addition, MapShapeReader provides a read-only Shapes property that can be used to get a list of all the shapes that are read from the Source.

Get Best View

ShapefileLayer provides a way to visualize the shapes in such a way that the best view of the layer is achieved. The approach is implemented through the GetBestView method:

  • LocationRect GetBestView() - Gets location rectangle which represents best view for the layer.

First, LocationRect class is a special type from the Telerik.XamarinForms.ShapefileReader namespace which describes a rectangle region through the locations of the northwest to the southeast points.

For more details on how points are positioned in the geographic coordinate system, check Layers Overview topic.

So, through GetBestView method the map will calculate that region that encompasses all the shapes as well as apply proper zoom level, so that the best view is achieved. After that, you could pass the result directly to the SetView method of the Map instance like this:

var bestView = this.mapShapeLayer.GetBestView();;


You can add a label for each shape in a ShapefileLayer by setting the ShapeLabelAttributeName property to an attribute from the *.dbf file specified in the DataSource property of the layer.

Check below a quick example:

<telerikMap:RadMap x:Name="map">
        <telerikMap:ShapefileLayer x:Name="mapShapeLayer" LabelAttributeName="CNTRY_NAME">
                <telerikMap:MapShapeReader x:Name="reader"/>

where the Source and the DataSource of the MapShapeReader should be defined to a .shp and .dbf files, respectively:

var assembly = this.GetType().Assembly;
var source = MapSource.FromResource("", assembly);
var dataSource = MapSource.FromResource("", assembly);
this.reader.Source = source;
this.reader.DataSource = dataSource;

Map ShapeLayer Labels


RadMap supports single and multiple selection of shapes to help you draw attention on specific areas. You would need to set SelectionMode property of the ShapefileLayer to enable the selection.

SelectionMode could receive the following values:

  • None;
  • Single;
  • Multiple.

Read the Selection topic for more details regarding this feature.


RadMap provides the option to apply various Fill and Stroke colors to the shapes to make the map consistent with the design of the app. For more details check Styling article.

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