Leaflet Map Component

by on October 6, 2022

Leaflet Map UI Component

Looking for a way to display and work with geospatial data without being dependent on Google Maps? The Leaflet Map component lets you include a map in your application, no Google API key required.

Backendless Database lets you store geospatial data. With the Leaflet Map component, you can use this data to display points on a map, draw circles and polygons, and give users the ability to search in map areas.

The component, available free in Backendless Marketplace, lets you include functionality based on users panning and zooming, populating the map with data points based on the area displayed.

Leaflet Map example

Read the full documentation here.

How to Install the Leaflet Map Component

Installing custom components from Backendless Marketplace is super easy. First, in UI Builder, select the Components tab.

Go to Components in UI Builder

There, you will see a button labeled Install Component. This will take you to the library of components available in the Marketplace.

Install UI Component in UI Builder

When you click Install Component, you will open a list of available UI Components to install.

Install a UI Component from Marketplace

Select the component you want and click Install.

When you return to the User Interface tab, you will see a new section added to your toolkit on the right-hand side called Custom Components.

Leaflet Map Component added to UI Builder Canvas

You can then simply drag the component onto your canvas just like any other UI Component.

How the Leaflet Map Component Works

When added to your app, the Leaflet Map component offers several basic functions out of the box.

First of all, you can choose the starting (or default) coordinates for the map. Of course, you can always use data binding or logic to set this starting location programmatically to suit your needs.

Second, you can easily use a JSON file with coordinates to set markers, circles, or polygons to display on the map. For example, if you’re showcasing all of your physical store locations or your delivery area, you can hardcode these right in.

You also have the option to enable and disable map functionality. Functions such as zoom control, dragging control, map type control, and fullscreen control can be turned on and off easily.

You have five default map types to choose from, so you can ensure that the map your users see is most relevant to your app and the data it displays.

Available Options and What They Mean

Once you have placed your component, when you select it, you will see all of the available options (properties) for the component in the toolkit area. These are the default settings for the component that you can easily adjust.

Each of the available properties are described in the table below. For more information, such as Codeless examples, Theme styles, and event handlers, visit the Leaflet Map GitHub repo.

Property Type Default value Logic Data Binding UI Setting Description
mapType Select
openStreet Map Type Logic YES YES Controls the map type.
mapTypeControl Checkbox true Map Type Control Logic YES YES Enables switching the map type
center Text 40.6893,
Center Logic YES YES Controls the map center. 'lat, lng'
zoom Number 10 Zoom Logic YES YES Controls the map zoom.
zoomControl Checkbox true Zoom Control Logic YES YES Enables zoom controls on the map
Fullscreen Checkbox false Fullscreen Control Logic YES YES Enables fullscreen mode for the map type
fullscreenControl Checkbox true Fullscreen Control Logic YES YES Enables toggling fullscreen for the map
draggingControl Checkbox true Dragging Control Logic YES YES Enables dragging on the map
geopositionControl Checkbox true Geoposition Control Logic YES YES Enables geoposition controls on the map
markers JSON Markers Logic YES YES Specifies an array of markers to display on the map. Watch Codeless Examples. Signature of marker: {description, point: {lat, lng}}.
circles JSON Circles Logic YES YES Specifies an array of circles to display on the map. Watch Codeless Examples. Signature of circle: {description, point: {lat, lng}, radius}.
polygons JSON Polygons Logic YES YES Specifies an array of polygons to display on the map. Watch Codeless Examples. Signature of polygon: {description, polygon: {boundary: {points: [{lat, lng}]}}}.


When you click on the Logic icon or tab for the component, you will see the modifiable event handlers, just as you would with a standard component. However, the main logic for the component – the logic that makes it work – is hidden to protect it from accidentally being broken.

Additionally, in the Logic area, you will also find all available data binding properties.

That’s it! Ready to try it for yourself?

The Leaflet Map component is one of many custom components available now in Backendless Marketplace, completely free!

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