A layer is a transparent sheet upon which shapes are placed. It supports sub layers within layers to any desired depth. Layers provide a mechanism for overlaying groups of views on top of each other. Layers can also clip their contents, to exclude any content outside a user defined area.

Layers can be two-dimensional or three-dimensional, defined by their behavior property.

When a layer is added to the Window, it assigns a unique depth value. By default, the stage has a root layer with a depth value of 0.

Layers provide a mechanism for overlaying groups of actors on top of each other. Layers are drawn in order to determined the depth value of the layer.

// C# example of adding an ImageView to the layer

// Gets the default (root) layer
Window window = Window.Instance;
Layer layer = window.GetDefaultLayer();
_layer1 = new Layer();

// Adds a child view to this layer
ImageView _imageView = new ImageView();

Layer Specific Properties

  • Behavior: Specifies the behavior of the layer. The value can be LayerUI (default) or Layer3D.
  • ChildCount: To get the number of children the layer holds.
  • Depth: To query the depth of the layer.
  • Name: To set or get the name of the layer.
  • Opacity: To retrieve and set the opacity of the layer.
  • Viewport: To set the viewport(in window coordinate) of the layer.
  • Visibility: To retrieve and set the visibility of the layer.

Re-ordering layers

A range of functions are provided to change the draw order of the layers.



  • Graphics are drawn using renderers
  • Views can have zero or many renderers
  • Renderers can be shared by views
  • Renderers have a depth index property

With LayerUI, the draw order of the renderers is defined by both:

  • Renderer depth index
  • Position of view in the layer tree


When you set the behavior of the layer to Layer3D, the opaque renderers are drawn first and written to the depth buffer.

Transparent renderers are drawn in order of distance from the camera ( painter’s algorithm ).

  • Dependencies
    • Tizen 4.0 and Higher