3.4.0 • Published 1 year ago

facilmap-frontend v3.4.0

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Embedding FacilMap into a website

Using an iframe

It is perfectly fine to embed a map from facilmap.org into an iframe.

<iframe style="height: 500px; width: 100%; border: none;" src="https://facilmap.org/mymap"></iframe>

If you use a map ID that does not exist yet, the “Create Collaborative Map” dialog will be opened when accessing the map.

You can control the display of different components by using the following query parameters:

  • toolbox: Show the toolbox (default: true)
  • search: Show the search bar (default: true)
  • autofocus: Autofocus the search field (default: false)
  • legend: Show the legend if available (default: true)
  • interactive: Show certain items (“Create collaborative map”, “Open file”) in the toolbox (default: false)


<iframe style="height: 500px; width: 100%; border: none;" src="https://facilmap.org/mymap?search=false&amp;toolbox=false"></iframe>

To synchronize the map state with the location hash (to add something like #9/31/24 to the address bar of the browser to indicate the current map view), add the following script:

<iframe id="facilmap" style="height: 500px; width: 100%; border: none;" src="https://facilmap.org/mymap"></iframe>
	window.addEventListener("message", function(evt) {
		if(evt.data && evt.data.type == "facilmap-hash" && location.hash != "#" + evt.data.hash)
			location.replace("#" + evt.data.hash);

	window.addEventListener("hashchange", function() {
		var iframe = document.getElementById("facilmap");
		iframe.src = iframe.src.replace(/#.*$/, "") + location.hash;

Directly into a page

Install facilmap-frontend as a dependency using npm or yarn:

npm install --save facilmap-frontend


yarn add facilmap-frontend

or load the client directly from facilmap.org:

<script src="https://facilmap.org/frontend.js"></script>

If you application is using Webpack, require the dependency like this:

import 'facilmap-frontend';

Note that for this you will have to look into the webpack.config.js file and configure your loaders in a similar way. To include the whole bundle with all the dependencies, use this instead:

import 'facilmap-frontend/build/frontend';

Now, if your web application is already using Angular JS, add facilmap as a dependency:

angular.module("myApp", ["facilmap"]);

Otherwise, bootstrap FacilMap like this:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html ng-app="facilmap">

Now, anywhere on your page, you can add a facilmap element:

<facilmap fm-server-url="https://facilmap.org/" fm-map-id="mymap"></facilmap>

fm-map-id is the map ID as it would appear on https://facilmap.org/mymap. It can be a read-only or read-write ID.

By default, the search bar, toolbox and legend are added to the map. Alternatively, you can specify your own selection of components by adding them to the element:

<facilmap fm-server-url="https://facilmap.org/" fm-map-id="mymap">
	<fm-toolbox interactive="true"></fm-toolbox>
	<fm-search autofocus="true"></fm-search>

To keep the current map view saved in the browser’s URL bar, add the fm-hash component:

<facilmap fm-server-url="https://facilmap.org/" fm-map-id="mymap" fm-hash></facilmap>


Build it yourself

Make sure to have the newest version of yarn installed. package.json uses resolutions, which are only supported by recent versions of yarn.

Install the dependencies using yarn run deps and bundle the JavaScript by running yarn run build.

A better way to develop the frontend is to start facilmap-server in dev mode. It will set up a webpack-dev-server that automatically recompiles the frontend when a file changes, and even delays reloads until compilation has finished.

Create an extension

The facilmap directive exports several useful objects that can be used to write own UI components or features that extend the map.

Create a directive

Create an element directive like this:

fm.app.directive("myFacilmapExtension", function() {
	return {
		restrict: "E",
		require: "^facilmap",
		scope: {},
		link: function(scope, element, attrs, facilmapController) {
			// Do something here

This component can then be added to the map like this:

<facilmap fm-server-url="https://facilmap.org/" fm-map-id="mymap">

Or create an attribute directive like this:

fm.app.directive("myFacilmapExtension", function() {
	return {
		restrict: "A",
		require: "facilmap",
		scope: {},
		link: function(scope, element, attrs, facilmapController) {
			// Do something here

This component can then be added to the map like this:

<facilmap fm-server-url="https://facilmap.org/" fm-map-id="mymap" my-facilmap-extension></facilmap>


facilmapController contains, among others, these methods and properties:

  • client: An instance of facilmap-client that automatically starts a digest cycle in any of its methods and has these additional methods/properties:
    • setFilter(filter): Sets the current filter expression
    • filterExpr: The current filter expression
    • filterFunc(object): Runs the current filter expression against the specified marker/line
  • mapEvents: An angular scope that acts as an event emitter, broadcasting the following events:
    • longmousedown: The user has held the mouse at one point on the map for more than 1 second. A Leaflet LatLng object is passed as parameter.
    • layerchange: The selection of visible layers has changed
  • map: The Leaflet map object. When adding layers, add the fmName and fmKey options to them to make them work with the toolbox.
  • getCurrentView(addFilter): Returns a view object for the current map view. If addFilter is true, the current filter is added to it.
  • displayView(view): Pan the map to the specified view
  • addClickListener(listener, moveListener): Wait for one click to the map. The listener function will receive a {lat, lon} object with the position of the click. The moveListener function will receive a {lat, lon} object on every mouse move until the click. Returns a {cancel} object, where cancel is a method to cancel the listener.
  • getLayerInfo(): Returns a {base, overlay} object with arrays that contain information about the layers that the map contains as {visibility, name, permalinkName, attribution} objects.
  • showLayer(key, show): Makes a layer (in)visible. key is the fmKey option of the layer, show indicates whether the layer should be shown or hidden.
  • loadStart(), loadEnd(): Something starts/finishes loading. A loading indicator will be shown as long as loadStart() has been called more often than loadEnd().
  • messages.showMessage(type, message, buttons, lifetime, onclose): Show a message. type is success, info, warning or danger, message is the message text, buttons is an array of {url, click, label} objects (url is the button href, click is the click handler), lifetime the lifetime in milliseconds if specified, onclose a close handler. Returns a {close} object with a method to close the message.