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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

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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Append Layer to overlayMaps in Leaflet

What if we want to create a layer based on geolocation, but have the layer only be added to the map once geolocation occurs? I didn't find this example in any Leaflet tutorials, but it's pretty simple with some basic JavaScript

I'll start with some code that should look familiar from the Leaflet Quick Start Guide, but with each item as its own layer.

var marker = L.marker([51.5, -0.09]);

var circle = L.circle([51.508, -0.11], 500, {
    color: 'red',
    fillColor: '#f03',
    fillOpacity: 0.5

var polygon = L.polygon([
    [51.509, -0.08],
    [51.503, -0.06],
    [51.51, -0.047]

var map = L.map('map', {
    center: [51.505, -0.09],
    zoom: 13,
    layers: [marker, circle, polygon]

var overlayMaps = {
    "Marker": marker,
    "Circle": circle,
    "Polygon": polygon
L.tileLayer('http://tile.cloudmade.com/[API-KEY]/29889/256/{z}/{x}/{y}.png', {
    attribution: 'Map data &copy; <a href="http://openstreetmap.org">OpenStreetMap</a> contributors, <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/">CC-BY-SA</a>, Imagery © <a href="http://cloudmade.com">CloudMade</a>',
  maxZoom: 18

Next let's add the code that will display the three original layers if geolocation does not occur. In this case, we do not want the geolocated layer to show.

function onLocationError(e) {

    L.control.layers(null, overlayMaps).addTo(map);

map.on('locationerror', onLocationError);

You can see in the below screenshot that only the three layers are displayed.

With geolocation off

Finally, we need to add code that will display all the layers (including the geolocation layer) if geolocation does occur. We simply need to add the "yourLocation" layer to overlayMaps and then display the layers as normal.

function onLocationFound(e) {
    yourLocation = L.marker(e.latlng);

    overlayMaps["You"] = yourLocation;

    L.control.layers(null, overlayMaps).addTo(map);

map.on('locationfound', onLocationFound);

The screenshots below show what happens once geolocation has occurred.

With geolocation on

Showing geolocation layer

The full code is available in a gist.


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