Is it possible to create a feature layer that has no graphics, except for labels?

The idea is that I've already got my layer drawn from a dynamic layer type, and don't want to cover up that symbology, I only want to add labels.

This is what I have so far, but it is using the symbology defined for the layer, which I would rather have it use no symbology.

  var serviceURL = this.activeLayer.layer.url + '/' + this.activeLayer.subLayer.id;
  var layerOptions = {
      mode: FeatureLayer.MODE_ONDEMAND,
      outFields: ['*'],
      id: layerId,
      visible: true

  var layer = {
      layer: new FeatureLayer(serviceURL, layerOptions),
      iconNode: this.activeLayer.iconNode

var renderer = new SimpleRenderer({
    colors: this.colors
var label = new LabelClass({
    labelExpressionInfo: {
        value: '{' + this.activeField + '}'
    useCodedValues: true,
    labelPlacement: 'above-center'
var symbol = new TextSymbol();
symbol.setColor(new Color(this.activeColor));
label.symbol = symbol;

  • Perhaps set your color to "no color", make them transparent symbols. The symbols wont show, but the labels will have somewhere to display from. – Maksim Nov 9 '16 at 18:52
  • That color is for the text color. The symbology is appearing as the default symbology for the layer from arcgis server. – twoLeftFeet Nov 9 '16 at 20:52
  • set your symbology to "no color" then overwrite the service – Maksim Nov 9 '16 at 20:53
  • I see what you mean. That would require me to have two different services. The service is being used to serve up a dynamic map service. I want to set the empty symbology on the javascript side. – twoLeftFeet Nov 9 '16 at 20:56

Well that was simpler than I imagined, here is the code below:

var renderer = new SimpleRenderer({
     colors: null

Edit: This solution appears to work in the app, however, when the map is sent to an Esri print service, the print service will throw an error:

Missing 'symbol' in simple renderer.

So it's not a complete solution and if anyone knows how I can fix this it would be great.

  • try passing a valid transparent symbol object to SimpleRenderer. – John Gravois Nov 21 '16 at 22:19

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