Add Icons to Layer Control in Leaflet

When you have multiple layers, it can help to add a legend to the map. This tutorial shows how to add icons to the layer control in Leaflet. This tutorial shows only marker layers, but you could create icons for polygon layers and use those as well.

Legend with marker icons

The following code sets up our map, layers, and the layer control. This is the standard way maps look in Leaflet, with no visual indication of which layer goes with which markers, without checking the boxes on and off.

var map = L.map('map', {
    center: [33.8, -84.4],
    zoom: 11,
        layers: [trainLayer, treeLayer]
});

var overlayMaps = {
    "Train": trainLayer,
    "Tree": treeLayer
};

L.control.layers(null, overlayMaps, {
    collapsed: false
}).addTo(map);

Default legend

In order to add a legend to the layer control, you can simply change the overlayMaps code to add any HTML you'd like. In this case, we'll add the map icon pngs with a small height so they will look okay in the layer control:

var overlayMaps = {
    "<img src='http://mollietaylor.com/skills/js/leaflet/train.png' height=24>Train": trainLayer,
    "<img src='http://mollietaylor.com/skills/js/leaflet/arbol.png' height=24>Tree": treeLayer
};

It's really that simple! I searched the documentation and the web, and I couldn't figure out how to do this, so I figured I'd just try adding the HTML. Turns out it looks great!

Full code available on CodePen. Map icons by Nicolas Mollet and Axel Rodriguez.

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