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Tim, Kiya | 14.8.2023

Creating Interactive Maps Made Easy: An Introduction to Creating Leaflet Maps

Geodata > Creating Interactive Maps Made Easy: An Introduction to Creating Leaflet Maps

Leaflet is an open-source library for interactive maps in web applications. Here's a quick guide on how you can create your own simple Leaflet map:

Prepare your HTML

Create a new HTML document and add the basic elements needed:

1<!DOCTYPE html>
2<html lang="en">
3    <head>
4        ...
5        <link rel="stylesheet" href="" />
6    </head>
7    <body>
8         <div id="map" style="width: 800px; height: 600px;"></div>
9         <script src=""></script>
10   </body>

Add JavaScript:

Right before the closing </body> tag, insert your JavaScript code to create and display the map:

2    // Create map
3    const map ='map').setView([51.505, -0.09], 13); // Set coordinates and zoom level
5    // Add tile layer (e.g., OpenStreetMap)
6    L.tileLayer('https://{s}{z}/{x}/{y}.png', {
7            attribution: '&copy; <a href="">OpenStreetMap</a> contributors',
8    }).addTo(map);
10    // Add an examplary marker
11    L.marker([51.5, -0.09]).addTo(map).bindPopup('A marker here.');


You can adjust the coordinates, zoom level, map style, and more options as per your requirements. The Leaflet Documentation offers comprehensive information about all available options and features: Leaflet Documentation

Wrap Up

Save your HTML file and open it in a web browser. You should be able to see your interactive Leaflet map now.

Remember that this is only a basic introduction. You can adjust the functionality and the appearance further, depending on your requirements.

  • How can I prepare my HTML for Leaflet?
  • How can I add JavaScript to create and display the map?
  • How can I make adjustments on my Leaflet map?
  • How do I finish up my Leaflet map?
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