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Welcome to GXC

GXC aims to allow easy and declarativ definition of mapping applications. It builds on the following Open Source components

  • ExtJS 4.2.1

    ExtJS is a JavaScrip framework for building web applications. It provides extensible widgets and components and a packaging and build mechanism that is used by GXC.

  • GeoExt 2.0.3

    GeoExt is a rich toolkit for web mapping applications adding ExtJS components for OpenLayers data structures. It is the junction between ExtJS and OpenLayers.

  • DeftJS

    DeftJS adds an IoC Container to ExtJS that is the basis for the GXC.App class. It is a central point to register service providers and stores that other components can be injected with at runtime. This allows for less configuration by the end user. The library also adds ViewControllers to ExtJS pre-5 which are created and destroyed with their associated views. This allows for multiple independent instances of a given view, each with their own ViewController instance.

  • OpenLayers 2.13.1

    OpenLayers is a proven JavaScript mapping framework. It provides the means to interact with OWS layers and services as well as parsing capabilities for most formats associated with OWS services.

  • Q

    Q is a small library adding support for JavaScript promises. It is used to compose multiple asynchronous operations into easy to read function chains.

The prepared test suite is based on

  • Mocha.js
  • Chai.js
  • chai-as-promised
  • sinon-chai
  • sinon


A GXC application is nothing but an ExtJS application derieved from the GXC package. The easiest starting point is to base a new application on the provided example and edit the config.js file which defines components, layers and services that are available at startup.

The configuration should be available at runtime via the global variable "GXC_ENV" in simple JSON format. It is devided in the following categories:

  • An optional proxy host to use with Ajax requests to OWS services.

  • targetId The DOM node id that the application will be inserted to.

  • viewportItems An array of components that the application should load up with.

  • projections An optional projections definition object for custom map projections.

  • mapOptions Custom mapOptions that will be forwared to the OpenLayers map.

  • layers An array of WMS/WFS layers that will be loaded on startup.

  • services An array of WMS/WFS services that will be available for adding layers.


This is the target DOM node that the application will be inserted to. By sticking to a given DOM node instead of launching the ExtJS application as a Ext.viewport.Viewport it is possible to place GXC inside an existing website. It should be given as plain text without a query prefix.


This is the definition of panels and tools that will be rendered at runtime. It follows the same rules as defining the viewport of a simple ExtJS application with the distinction that the definition should typically stick to JSON notation to be serializable for simple Ajax calls.

Items are defined by their xtype - an alias for its classname - and will be initialized at runtime. Every item has its own settings, most of which can be customized as needed are documented in the ExtJS API. To find out the components xtype look at the API documantation of said item. GXC provides the following components (available settings see GXC API):


  • GXC.button.FeatureInfo
  • GXC.button.Fullscreen
  • GXC.button.Geolocate
  • GXC.button.Graticule
  • GXC.button.MeasurePath
  • GXC.button.MeasurePolygon
  • GXC.button.NavEntry
  • GXC.button.NavNext
  • GXC.button.NavPrevious
  • GXC.button.OverviewMap
  • GXC.button.ZoomIn
  • GXC.button.ZoomOut
  • GXC.button.ZoomToMaxExtent

A special case it the {@link GXC.button.ViewDelegator} button that can be used to delegate other components, e.g. the {@link GXC.panel.Add} panel to open a floating window to add new layers to the map.

Panels and Components

  • GXC.component.ScaleLine
  • GXC.panel.Add
  • GXC.panel.Edit
  • GXC.panel.Layer
  • GXC.panel.LayerFileDrop
  • GXC.panel.Legend
  • GXC.panel.Map
  • GXC.panel.Print
  • GXC.panel.Service
  • GXC.panel.WfsCapabilities
  • GXC.panel.WmsCapabilities
  • GXC.form.CodeMirror
  • GXC.form.Style
  • GXC.form.ZoomChooser

Typically these will be wrapped in standard ExtJS components to form the layout of the application. At the uppermost level, these are always Ext.layout.container.Border regions as described in the docs. (The GXC viewport is actually a Ext.panel.Panel with layout border predfined.)

A very simple app that only holds the map in the center region, a toolbar with some zoom buttons and a layer tree in the west region (left side) of the map may look like this:

"viewportItems": [{
    "region": "center",
    "xtype": "gxc_panel_map",
    // the buttons are wrapped in a toolbar above the map
    "dockedItems": [{
        "xtype": "toolbar",
        "dock": "top",
        "items": [{
            // xtypes of the gxc zooming buttons
            "xtype": "gxc_button_zoomin"
        }, {
            "xtype": "gxc_button_zoomout"
        }, {
            "xtype": "gxc_button_zoomtomaxextent"
}, {
    "region": "west",
    "title": "Layer",
    // the layer tree has an initial width of 250px
    "width": 250,
    "split": 3,
    "layout": {
        "type": "vbox",
        "pack": "start",
        "align": "stretch"
    "items": [{
        "xtype": "gxc_panel_layer"


Allows to define custom projections that should be available for map initialization. OpenLayers come preconfigured with projections for EPSG:4326 and EPSG:3857. All other projections need to be added here.

It's easiest to investigate at EPSG.IO to find out the required information. A typical configuration looks like:

"projections": {
    "EPSG:31469": {
        // definition
        "def": "+proj=tmerc +lat_0=0 +lon_0=15 +k=1 +x_0=5500000 +y_0=0 +ellps=bessel +towgs84=598.1,73.7,418.2,0.202,0.045,-2.455,6.7 +units=m +no_defs",
        // ficitional bounds so it is possible to pan outside of the projections
        // maxExtent
        "maxExtent": [-40075016.6784,-40075016.6784,40075016.6784,40075016.6784],
        // turn axis order for WMS 1.3 protocol
        "yx": true


This object will be merged with the default OpenLayers map options that are used by GXC.

"mapOptions": {
    // projection of the map
    "projection": "EPSG:31469",
    // projection of the displayed coordinates
    "displayProjection": "EPSG:31469",
    // to restrict the map area the user is allowed to pan in
    // "restrictedExtent": [5270000, 5560000, 5550000, 5740000],
    // initial center coordinates
    "center": [5395240, 5646000],
    // minimal scale (1:1)
    "minScale": 1,
    // maximal scale (1:1500000)
    "maxScale": 1500000,
    // number of zoom levels that the scale interval will be divided in
    "numZoomLevels": 20,
    // initial zoom level
    "zoom": 2


An array of layers that will be loaded on startup. Further metainformation will be extracted from GetCapabilities requests to the service itself.

"layers": [{
    "url": "",
    "type": "WMS",
    "version": "1.3.0",
    "layer": "sn_dop_020",
    visibility: true,
    opacity: 1.0


An array of services that will be available to the user to choose new layers from.

"services": [{
    "type": "WMS",
    "title": "Landesvermessung Sachsen",
    "version": "1.1.1",
    "url": ""


  • Extend test suite
  • Run test suite via Travis CI
  • Improve documentation
  • Add more examples


WebGIS client library based on ExtJS 4, GeoExt 2 and OpenLayers 2







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