Using Calcite Components

Using Calcite Components

Rene Rubalcava | February 12, 2022

Web Components

I'm a big fan of Web Components. As a developer, it saves me time in building smaller UI components in my applications. It's not so much the time it takes to add a button to an application, but styling that button, defining behavior of various interactive events, plus making sure it was accessible, those steps can add up. Maybe I'm building a suite of applications and want to have a consistent look and feel to them. This is venturing off into the topic of design systems, but at the end of the day, Web Components make it easier to reuse UI across multiple applications, and I call that a win!

Esri provides a suite of Web Components as part of the Calcite Design System. If you are building web apps with the ArcGIS API for JavaScript, it is definitely worth taking a look at for your applications, since the ArcGIS JSAPI also uses Calcite Components, so you can more easily maintain a similar look and feel between your UI and the widgets in the JSAPI.

Calcite for Apps

There is a great tutorial in the Calcite documentation about building mapping apps with Calcite Components. I highly recommend it. Using that as a guide, I wanted to do something to enhance the Feature widget, to behave more liked a docked Popup, but one I could use anywhere in my application. Similar to this demo, but be able to iterate through graphics.

First thing you want to do is import required styles and JavaScript.

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="[email protected]/dist/calcite/calcite.css" />
<link rel="stylesheet" href="" />
<script src="" type="module">

Here is what the HTML of my application looks like.

    <!-- Sidebar -->
    <div class="container">
            <div id="featureTarget"></div>
            <calcite-button slot="footer-leading" color="neutral" scale="s" icon-start="magnifying-glass-plus" id="btnZoom"></calcite-button>
            <div slot="footer-trailing">
                <span id="infoCount" class="ui-info--count">
                <calcite-button id="btnPrevious" color="neutral" icon-start="chevron-left"></calcite-button>
                <calcite-button id="btnNext" color="neutral" icon-start="chevron-right"></calcite-button>
    <!-- Map -->
    <div id="viewDiv"></div>

For this component, I'm using the calcite-card. Notice, you can leverage named slots to add content to the components that will be styled accordingly. At this point, I can start adding event listeners to these components, and hooking everything up to the Feature widget.

import ArcGISMap from "";
import MapView from "";
import FeatureLayer from "";
import { whenFalseOnce } from "";
import Feature from "";

const fLayer = new FeatureLayer({
	portalItem: {
		id: "f430d25bf03744edbb1579e18c4bf6b8"
	layerId: 2,
	outFields: ["*"]

const map = new ArcGISMap({
	basemap: "gray-vector",
	layers: [fLayer]

const view = new MapView({
	container: "viewDiv",
	center: [-118, 34],
	zoom: 12

// calcite components
const featureTarget = document.getElementById("featureTarget");
const btnZoom = document.getElementById("btnZoom");
const previous = document.getElementById("btnPrevious");
const next = document.getElementById("btnNext");
const info = document.getElementById("infoCount");

const feature = new Feature({
	container: featureTarget

view.when(async () => {
	let highlight;
	let currIndex = 0;
	let totalCount = 1;
	const layerView = await view.whenLayerView(fLayer);
	await whenFalseOnce(view, "updating");
	const query = fLayer.createQuery();
	query.geometry = view.extent;
	const { features } = await layerView.queryFeatures(query);
	const update = () => {
		if (currIndex < 0) {
			currIndex = features.length - 1;
		else if (currIndex === features.length) {
			currIndex = 0;
		feature.graphic = features[currIndex];
		info.innerText = `${currIndex + 1} of ${features.length}`;
		// highlight
		highlight && highlight.remove();
		highlight = layerView.highlight(feature.graphic);
	btnPrevious.addEventListener("click", () => {
		currIndex = currIndex - 1;
	btnNext.addEventListener("click", () => {
		currIndex = currIndex + 1;
	btnZoom.addEventListener("click", () => {
			target: feature.graphic

Without getting into too much detail, I basically have event listeners for the buttons that will iterate over an array of graphics. I can go to the next or previous graphic. That graphic is then used to update the Feature widget and now this sidebar behaves like a Popup outside the map. It even has a zoom button and will highlight the graphic on the map.

The steps would be a little different if building an application with something like webpack, but this is a great way to get familiar with composing Calcite Components into useful interactive components in your application.

Here is a demo of the application in action!

This is just a quick intro on using Calcite Components to enhance your own applications. You could do so much more with Calcite Components in your own application, so have fun with it and build something awesome!

You can watch a video on this topic below!