Populate Data in Xamarin.Forms Maps (SfMaps)

16 Jun 202111 minutes to read

This section explains how to populate shape data for providing data input to the maps control and usage of the ItemsSource property.

Data binding

The maps control supports data binding using the ItemsSource property in the shape layers.

The following properties in shape layers are used for binding data in the maps control:

  • ItemsSource
  • ShapeIDPath
  • ShapeIdTableField


The ItemsSource property accepts the collection values as input.


The ShapeIDPath property refers the data ID in ItemsSource.


The ShapeIDTableField property is similar to the ShapeIdPath; it refers to the column name in the data property of shape layers to identify the shape. When the values of the ShapeIdPath property in the ItemsSource property and the values of ShapeIdTableField in the data property match, the associated object from the ItemsSource will be bound to the corresponding shape.

<maps:SfMaps x:Name="sfmap"    BackgroundColor="White" >


<maps:SfMaps.Layers >
<maps:ShapeFileLayer Uri="usa_state.shp" ItemsSource="{Binding Data}"
                  ShapeIDPath="State" ShapeIDTableField="STATE_NAME" >
ShapeFileLayer layer = new ShapeFileLayer();
            layer.Uri = "usa_state.shp";
            layer.ItemsSource =viewModel.Data;
            layer.ShapeIDTableField = "STATE_NAME";
            layer.ShapeIDPath = "State";
			map.BackgroundColor = Color.White;

The following code sample demonstrates referring the United States election data as items source.

  • C#
  • public class ViewModel
            public ObservableCollection<ElectionData> Data { get; set; }
            public ViewModel()
                Data = new ObservableCollection<ElectionData>();
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Alabama", "Romney", 9));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Alaska", "Romney", 3));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Arizona", "Romney", 11));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Arkansas", "Romney", 6));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("California", "Romney", 55));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Colorado", "Obama", 9));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Connecticut", "Obama", 7));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Delaware", "Obama", 3));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("District of Columbia", "Obama", 3));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Florida", "Obama", 29));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Georgia", "Obama", 16));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Hawaii", "Romney", 4));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Idaho", "Obama", 4));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Illinois", "Romney", 20));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Indiana", "Obama", 11));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Iowa", "Romney", 6));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Kansas", "Obama", 6));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Kentucky", "Romney", 8));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Louisiana", "Romney", 8));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Maine", "Romney", 4));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Maryland", "Obama", 10));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Massachusetts", "Obama", 11));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Michigan", "Obama", 16));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Minnesota", "Obama", 10));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Mississippi", "Obama", 6));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Missouri", "Obama", 10));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Montana", "Romney", 3));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Nebraska", "Romney", 5));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Nevada", "Romney", 6));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("New Hampshire", "Obama", 4));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("New Jersey", "Obama", 14));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("New Mexico", "Obama", 5));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("New York", "Obama", 29));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("North Carolina", "Romney", 15));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("North Dakota", "Romney", 3));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Ohio", "Obama", 18));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Oklahoma", "Romney", 7));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Oregon", "Obama", 7));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Pennsylvania", "Obama", 20));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Rhode Island", "Obama", 4));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("South Carolina", "Romney", 9));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("South Dakota", "Romney", 3));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Tennessee", "Romney", 11));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Texas", "Romney", 38));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Utah", "Romney", 6));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Vermont", "Obama", 3));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Virginia", "Obama", 13));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Washington", "Obama", 12));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("West Virginia", "Romney", 5));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Wisconsin", "Obama", 10));
                Data.Add(new ElectionData("Wyoming", "Romney", 3));
        public class ElectionData
            public ElectionData(string state, string candidate, int electors)
                State = state;
                Candidate = candidate;
                Electors = electors;
            public string State
            public string Candidate
            public int Electors


    You can refer to our Xamarin Maps feature tour page for its groundbreaking feature representations.
    You can also explore our Xamarin.Forms Maps example to knows the functionalities of each feature.