RTReader is a free, ready-to-use app built using ArcGIS Runtime .NET 10.2.7 and the Runtime Extensibility Framework. It is designed to duplicate much of the functionality, look, and feel of ArcReader. Users already familiar with ArcReader should have little difficulty using it.

How to Create a Map

RTReader expects a map in the form of Runtime content. A Runtime content folder will contain a "data" subfolder, a "basemap" subfolder, or both. The "data" subfolder will contain a Runtime geodatabase (e.g. "mydata.geodatabase"). The "basemap" subfolder will contain a tile cache or tile package named "Basemap" (or "Basemap.tpk").

To create out-of-box Runtime content in ArcMap or ArcCatalog, see these links:



You can also create custom Runtime content in a variety of other ways. For more information, see the presentation "The Road to Runtime" at the ArcGIS Runtime page.

How to Open a Map Manually

Click the "Open Map..." menu:

Navigate to and select the desired Runtime content folder:

How to Open a Map Automatically

Edit BasicReader.xml in the RTReader\Config folder, changing the following line to remove the comment marks and set the desired path:


<!--<Map Type="RuntimeContent" Path="C:\apps\Data\Runtime\RuntimeContentTest" />-->


<Map Type="RuntimeContent" Path="C:\MyPath\MyRuntimeContent" />


RTReader supports configuration to change its appearance and functionality. By default, RTReader uses the "BasicReader" configuration. To select a particular configuration file that's in the Config folder, create a shortcut to RTReader and add the name of the configuration file (no .xml extension) to the target:

TabletDemo is an example of an alternative configuration and view library for RTReader:

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