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JSAPI v4.3 - IdentifyTask returns feature even if layer is not visible

Question asked by DemersM on Mar 30, 2017
Latest reply on Jul 19, 2019 by hoogw



Is it normal that the IdentifyTask returns features even if the layer is not visible? I see in the documentation that the layerOption parameter in the IdentifyParameters should define if the IdentifyTask will return feature for visibile layer only. However, this parameter seem not working. The popup is displayed even if the layer is not visible as shown below. The image and code below are taken from the documentation sample codes



    ], function(
      Map, MapView, TileLayer,
      IdentifyTask, IdentifyParameters,
      arrayUtils, on, dom
    ) {

      var identifyTask, params;

      // URL to the map service where the identify will be performed
      var soilURL =

      // Add the map service as a TileLayer for fast rendering
      // Tile layers are composed of non-interactive images. For that reason we'll
      // use IdentifyTask to query the service to add interactivity to the app
      var parcelsLyr = new TileLayer({
        url: soilURL,
        opacity: 0.85,
        visible: false

      var map = new Map({
        basemap: "osm"

      var view = new MapView({
        map: map,
        container: "viewDiv",
        center: [-120.174, 47.255],
        zoom: 7

      view.then(function() {
        // executeIdentifyTask() is called each time the view is clicked
        on(view, "click", executeIdentifyTask);

        // Create identify task for the specified map service
        identifyTask = new IdentifyTask(soilURL);

        // Set the parameters for the Identify
        params = new IdentifyParameters();
        params.tolerance = 3;
        params.layerIds = [0, 1, 2];
        params.layerOption = "top";
        params.width = view.width;
        params.height = view.height;

      // Executes each time the view is clicked
      function executeIdentifyTask(event) {
        // Set the geometry to the location of the view click
        params.geometry = event.mapPoint;
        params.mapExtent = view.extent;
        dom.byId("viewDiv").style.cursor = "wait";

        // This function returns a promise that resolves to an array of features
        // A custom popupTemplate is set for each feature based on the layer it
        // originates from
        identifyTask.execute(params).then(function(response) {

          var results = response.results;

          return, function(result) {

            var feature = result.feature;
            var layerName = result.layerName;

            feature.attributes.layerName = layerName;
            if (layerName === 'Soil Survey Geographic') {
              feature.popupTemplate = { // autocasts as new PopupTemplate()
                title: "{Map Unit Name}",
                content: "<b>Dominant order:</b> {Dominant Order} ({Dom. Cond. Order %}%)" +
                  "<br><b>Dominant sub-order:</b> {Dominant Sub-Order} ({Dom. Cond. Suborder %}%)" +
                  "<br><b>Dominant Drainage Class:</b> {Dom. Cond. Drainage Class} ({Dom. Cond. Drainage Class %}%)" +
                  "<br><b>Farmland Class:</b> {Farmland Class}"
            else if (layerName === 'State Soil Geographic') {
              feature.popupTemplate = { // autocasts as new PopupTemplate()
                title: "{Map Unit Name}",
                content: "<b>Dominant order:</b> {Dominant Order} ({Dominant %}%)" +
                  "<br><b>Dominant sub-order:</b> {Dominant Sub-Order} ({Dominant Sub-Order %}%)"
            else if (layerName === 'Global Soil Regions') {
              feature.popupTemplate = { // autocasts as new PopupTemplate()
                title: layerName,
                content: "<b>Dominant order:</b> {Dominant Order}" +
                  "<br><b>Dominant sub-order:</b> {Dominant Sub-Order}"
            return feature;
        }).then(showPopup); // Send the array of features to showPopup()

        // Shows the results of the Identify in a popup once the promise is resolved
        function showPopup(response) {
          if (response.length > 0) {
              features: response,
              location: event.mapPoint
          dom.byId("viewDiv").style.cursor = "auto";