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The Map control supports the Microsoft’s Bing Search and the OpenStreetMap Search services, allowing you to embed a search functionality in your application. When this feature is enabled, you can type search criterion in the Search Panel (or use a custom UI), implement a request, and view the results in both the map and the search panel.

A map with enabled search

The BingSearchDataProvider and OsmSearchDataProvider classes represent the Bing Search and OpenStreetMap Search data providers which provide the search functionality. The sections below explain how to use a Search Data Provider in the Map control.


Due to Bing canceling the SOAP service on July 30, 2017, the Map Control’s Bing Search provider does not work correctly in version 16.1 and earlier.

Do the following to enable search in the Map control:

The code snippet below shows how to do this.

private void Form1_Load(object sender, System.EventArgs e) {
      // ...

      InformationLayer infoLayer = new InformationLayer();
      BingSearchDataProvider searchProvider = new BingSearchDataProvider();
      infoLayer.DataProvider = searchProvider;
      searchProvider.BingKey = yourBingKey;

You can also customize the search result count:

private void Form1_Load(object sender, System.EventArgs e) {
      // ...
      searchProvider.SearchOptions.ResultsCount = 5;

When the Map Control contains an Information Layer that provides Search data, the Map control automatically invokes its built-in search panel (the MapControl.ShowSearchPanel is set to true by default). Refer to the Search Panel topic to learn more about the built-in Search panel.

Using a Custom UI

The Map control provides a search functionality with additional parameters like a country region or postal code. Using this approach, you can build a custom search panel to get additional search results from the Search services.


Set the MapControl.ShowSearchPanel property to false to disable the default Search panel when using this approach.

To start searching for a location, call the BingSearchDataProvider.Search or OsmSearchDataProvider.Search method.

For example, an Application’s UI contains a text box named “tbKeywords” and a button named “btnSearch”. To start a search, click the Search button which calls the following Search method overload:

private void OnClick(object sender, EventArgs e) {    

Search Results

To get the search results, handle the BingSearchDataProvider.SearchCompleted or OsmSearchDataProvider.SearchCompleted event.

The SearchCompleted event handler arguments’ SearchCompletedEventArgs.RequestResult provides the SearchRequestResult descendant class instance to store Search results.

The results contain a display name, address, and the geographic coordinates (latitude and longitude) associated with the search location.

View Example

void OnSearchCompleted(object sender, BingSearchCompletedEventArgs e) {
    if(e.Cancelled) return;
    if(e.RequestResult.ResultCode != RequestResultCode.Success) {
        meResult.Text = "The Bing Search service does not work for this location.";

    StringBuilder resultList = new StringBuilder("");
    int resCounter = 1;
    foreach(BingLocationInformation resultInfo in e.RequestResult.SearchResults) {
        resultList.Append(String.Format("Result {0}:  \r\n", resCounter));
        resultList.Append(String.Format("Name: {0}\r\n", resultInfo.DisplayName));              
        resultList.Append(String.Format("Address: {0}\r\n", resultInfo.Address.FormattedAddress));
        resultList.Append(String.Format("Confidence level: {0}\r\n", resultInfo.Confidence));
        resultList.Append(String.Format("Geographic coordinates:  {0}\r\n", resultInfo.Location));
        resultList.Append(String.Format("Match code: {0}\r\n", resultInfo.MatchCode));
    meResult.Text = resultList.ToString();

The search results for the “New York” keywords are shown in the image below.



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