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OpenLayers 3.x Cookbook - Second Edition

By : Peter J. Langley, Antonio Santiago Perez
Book Image

OpenLayers 3.x Cookbook - Second Edition

By: Peter J. Langley, Antonio Santiago Perez

Overview of this book

OpenLayers 3 is one of the most important and complete open source JavaScript mapping libraries today. Throughout this book, you will go through recipes that expose various features of OpenLayers 3, allowing you to gain an insight into building complex GIS web applications. You will get to grips with the basics of creating a map with common functionality and quickly advance to more complicated solutions that address modern challenges. You will explore into maps, raster and vector layers, and styling in depth. This book also includes problem solving and how-to recipes for the most common and important tasks.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)
OpenLayers 3.x Cookbook Second Edition
About the Authors
About the Reviewer

Adding WMS layers

Web Map Service (WMS) is a standard developed by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) implemented by many geospatial servers, among which we can find the free and open source projects GeoServer ( and MapServer ( More information on WMS can be found at

As a very basic summary, you can understand a WMS server as a normal HTTP web server that accepts requests with some GIS-related parameters (such as projection, bounding box, and so on), and returns map tiles forming a mosaic that covers the requested bounding box. Here's the finished recipe outcome using a WMS layer that covers the extent of the USA (source code can be found in ch02/ch02-wms-layers/):


We are going to work with remote WMS servers, so it is not necessary you have one installed yourself. Note that we are not responsible for these servers and that they may have problems, or may not be available any longer when you read...