How to display a map legend control to toggle layers visualization

This tutorial demonstrates the process of presenting a map legend control that allows for the toggling of layer visualization.

By following this guide, users will learn how to display a control panel that showcases the various layers of a map and enables them to easily turn on or off specific layers as needed. This functionality provides a convenient way for users to customize their map viewing experience, allowing them to focus on specific layers of interest while hiding others.

  1. Copy the following code, paste it into your favorite text editor, and save it as a .html file.

  2. Install the npm package.

  3. Include the CSS file.

    If you have a bundler that can handle CSS, you can import the CSS or include it with a <link> in the head of the document via the CDN

  4. Include the following code in your JavaScript file (Example: app.js).

  5. Replace YOUR_MAPTILER_API_KEY_HERE with your actual MapTiler API key.

  6. The next is up to you. You can center your map wherever you desire (modifying the starting position) and set an appropriate zoom level (modifying the starting zoom) to match your users’ needs. Additionally, you can change the map’s look (by updating the source URL); choose from a range of visually appealing map styles from our extensive MapTiler standard maps, or create your own to truly differentiate your application.

  7. Include the maplibre-gl-legend JavaScript and CSS files in the <head> of your HTML file. To create the legend we will use the maplibre-gl-legend plugin.

  8. Add event handler for map load event. You will add code to create a vector source and a vector layer in this handler.

  9. Create the list of layers that we want to show in the legend. For each layer we must create a key:value pair where the key is the ID of the layer in the map style and the value is text that is displayed in the legend.

  10. Add the maplibre-gl-legend control to the map.

Learn more

Check out the MapTiler Planet schema to know how it is organized into different thematic layers and which attribute and values each layer contains.

Visit the JavaScript Maps API reference to learn how to create your custom control.

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