Leaflet control for user-generated bookmarks

View the Project on GitHub w8r/Leaflet.Bookmarks

Leaflet Bookmarks

This is a highly customizable plugin for leaflet to allow users to drop bookmarks on your map and to store them locally or on server. It uses localstorage by default, but allows you to implement your own storage solution. You can also redefine the addition of bookmarks, their looks and fields.

Right-click on the map, to add a new bookmark



<script src="/path/to/leaflet.js"></script>
<script src="/path/to/Leaflet.Bookmarks.min.js"></script>
<link type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" href="/path/to/leaflet.bookmarks.css">

Put control on the map

var map = new L.Map(...);
var control = new L.Control.Bookmarks().addTo(map);

Adding a bookmark

How you trigger a bookmark addition is your own choice. For the demo I used the beautiful Leaflet.contextmenu plugin by @aratcliffe, but you are free to take any approach you want - it's based on the event bookmark:new dispatched by the map instance:

map.fire('bookmark:new', {
    latlng: new L.LatLng(..., ...)

If you want you can omit the naming step and add a bookmark straight to the list using a bookmark:add event.

map.fire('bookmark:add', {
    id: 'XXXX' // make sure it's unique,
    name: 'Bookmark name',
    latlng: [lat, lng] // important, we're dealing with JSON here,
    your_key: 'your value'


localStorage or variable storage

The control uses localStorage by default. Your bookmarks will be stored in prefixed key-value pairs. You can customize the prefix if you want to

var control = new L.Control.Bookmarks({
    name: 'your-storage-prefix', // defaults to 'leaflet-bookmarks'
    localStorage: false // if you want to use local variable for storage

P.S. You can access the storage directly through the control:

control._storage.getItem(key, callback);
control._storage.setItem(key, value, callback);
control._storage.removeItem(key, callback);

Custom storage(e.g AJAX)

I intentionally didn't add an engine for anything else than localStorage and local variable storage, so you could use your own xhr functions. To do that, you have to pass the interface to your storage to the control like this:

var control = new L.Control.Bookmarks({
    storage: {
        getItem: function(id, callback){
                url: '/bookmarks/' + id,
                type: 'GET',
                dataType: 'json',
                success: callback
        setItem: function(id, value, callback){
                url: '/bookmarks/' + id,
                type: 'PUT',
                data: value,
                dataType: 'json',
                success: callback
        removeItem: function(id, callback){
                url: '/bookmarks/' + id,
                type: 'DELETE',
                dataType: 'json',
                success: callback
        getAllItems: function(callback){
                url: '/bookmarks/',
                type: 'GET',
                dataType: 'json',
                success: callback

Custom templates

Pass those into the options if you want to customize the popup or list templates. Proceed with caution

       // list item MUST contain `data-id` attribute,
       // or provide your own `options.getBookmarkFromListItem(listItem)` method
       bookmarkTemplate: '<li class="{{ itemClass }}" data-id="{{ data.id }}">' +
            '<span class="{{ removeClass }}">&times;</span>' +
            '<span class="{{ nameClass }}">{{ data.name }}</span>' +
            '<span class="{{ coordsClass }}">{{ data.coords }}</span>' +

        // format list item name
        formatName: function(name){ ... },

        // format coords
        // again, you have access to the control here, so you can
        // output projected coords for example
        formatCoords: function(laltlng){
            var projected = this._map.project(L.latLng(latlng[0], latlng[1]));
            return 'X: ' + projected.x + 'm, Y: ' + projected.y + 'm';

        // no bookmarks yet
        emptyTemplate: '<li class="{{ itemClass }} {{ emptyClass }}">' +
            '{{ data.emptyMessage }}</li>',

        // no bookmarks text
        emptyMessage: "Hell no, I forgot where I've been!",

        // you can change them, but then provide your own styling
        bookmarkTemplateOptions: {
            itemClass: 'bookmark-item',
            nameClass: 'bookmark-name',
            coordsClass: 'bookmark-coords',
            removeClass: 'bookmark-remove',
            emptyClass: 'bookmarks-empty'

        // change that if you have custom fields in your bookmarks
        popupTemplate: '<div><h3>{{ name }}</h3><p>{{ latlng }}</p>',

        // here you extract them for the template. 
        // note - you have access to controls methods and fields here
        getPopupContent: function(bookmark) {
            return L.Util.template(this.options.popupTemplate, {
                latlng: this.formatCoords(bookmark.latlng),
                name: bookmark.name

        // here you can filter bookmarks that you get from
        // the storage or a user, make sure it returns an Array
        filterBookmarks: function(bookmarks){ ... },

You can customize the bookmark add form too, pass that to the control options:

formPopup: {
        className: 'leaflet-bookmarks-form-popup',
        templateOptions: {
            formClass: 'leaflet-bookmarks-form',
            inputClass: 'leaflet-bookmarks-form-input',
            coordsClass: 'leaflet-bookmarks-form-coords',
            submitClass: 'leaflet-bookmarks-form-submit',
            inputPlaceholder: 'Bookmark name',
            submitText: '+'
        getBookmarkData: function(){
            var input = this._contentNode.querySelector('.' +
            return {
                id: 'YOUR_UNIQUE_ID',
                name: 'Bookmark name',
                your_custom_field: ... // get it from the form inputs
                latlng: this._source.getLatLng() // get it from the marker
        generateNames: true, // generate unique name if it's not provided by the user
        generateNamesPrefix: 'Bookmark ',
        template: '<form class="{{ formClass }}">' +
            '<input type="text" name="bookmark-name" ' +
            'placeholder="{{ inputPlaceholder }}" class="{{ inputClass }}">' +
            '<input type="submit" value="{{ submitText }}" ' +
            'class="{{ submitClass }}">' +
            '<div class="{{ coordsClass }}">{{ coords }}</div>' +


Small template function used by this project. It's a simple implementation of @lodash templates, using mustache interpolation syntax. You get it as a souvenir.

L.Util._template('Whereof one cannot {{ data.action }}, thereof one must keep {{ data.instead }}', { data: { action: 'speak', instead: 'silent' }});
// -> "Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must keep silent"

Authors and Contributors

Alexander Milevski