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This library is deprecated. We have created a new library called CartoDB.js that includes all the funcionality of this library plus many more things. This library isn't going to be updated anymore. If you have any questions don't hesitate to send us an email to

What is the CartoDB library for Leaflet?

This library allows you to use your own CartoDB tables with Laeflet.

Using the library

Using the library is really easy. It accepts the following parameters to manage the behavior of your CartoDB layers:

Parameter name Description Type Callback variables Required
map The Leaflet Map object. Object Yes
username Your CartoDB user name. String Yes
table_name Your CartoDB table name. String Yes
query An SQL query. String Yes
opacity If you want to change the opacity of the CartoDB layer. Number No
interactivity If you want to add interactivity to the layer without making requests. String (columns separated by commas) No
featureOver A callback when hovers over a feature Function event: Mouse event object
latlng: The LatLng leaflet object where was clicked
pos: Object with x and y position in the DOM map element
data: The CartoDB data of the clicked feature with the `interactivity` param.
No (But only will work with `interactivity` specified)
featureOut A callback when hovers off a feature Function No (But only will work with `interactivity` specified)
featureClick A callback when clicks on a feature Function event: Mouse event object
latlng: The LatLng leaflet object where was clicked
pos: Object with x and y position in the DOM map element
data: The CartoDB data of the clicked feature with the `interactivity` param.
No (But only will work with `interactivity` specified)
attribution Set the layer attribution. String No
tile_style If you want to add other style to the layer. String No
auto_bound If you want to zoom in to the area where the layer is positioned. Boolean No
debug If you want to debug the library, set to true. Boolean No
tiler_protocol Tiler protocol (opcional - default = 'http'). No
tiler_domain Tiler domain (opcional - default = ''). No
tiler_port Tiler port as a string (opcional - default = '80'). No
sql_protocol SQL API protocol (optional - default = 'http'). String No
sql_domain SQL API domain (optional - default = ''). String No
sql_port SQL API port as a string (optional - default = '80'). String No

Usage notes

If you want to get a feature clicked || hover data (via the interactivity parameter), the columns must be in a string separated by commas. If you don't want to write the name of the table several times, you can use {{table_name}} in the query or tile_style parameters. We strongly recommend the use of the files available in this repository. These are tested, and if you decide use updated ones, the library may not work.

Creating an example

There are several usages of this library in examples folder.

First of all add the necessary script and css files:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="" />
<!--[if IE]><link rel="stylesheet" href="" /><![endif]-->
<link  href="css/cartodb-leaflet.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css">
<script src=""></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="js/wax.leaf.min.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="dist/cartodb-leaflet-min.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="dist/cartodb-popup.js"></script>
  • We strongly recommend using the library files we have in this repository, they are fully tested.

When the document is loaded, start creating the map:

var map = new L.Map('map');
var cloudmadeUrl = 'http://{s}{z}/{x}/{y}.png',
	cloudmadeAttrib = 'Map data &copy; 2011 OpenStreetMap contributors, Imagery &copy; 2011 CloudMade',
	cloudmade = new L.TileLayer(cloudmadeUrl, {maxZoom: 18, attribution: cloudmadeAttrib});

After that, create the CartoDB layer:

var cartodb_leaflet = new L.CartoDBLayer({
  map: map,
  table_name: 'earthquakes',
  query: "SELECT * FROM {{table_name}}",
  tile_style: "#{{table_name}}{marker-fill:red}",
  interactivity: "cartodb_id, magnitude",
  featureClick: function(ev, latlng, pos, data) {alert(data)},
  featureOver: function(){},
  featureOut: function(){},
  attribution: "CartoDB",
  auto_bound: true

And finally add it to the map:



New funcionalities are coming, in the meantime you can use:

  • removeLayer: Removes the cartodb layer from the map. Example: map.removeLayer(cartodb_leaflet);
  • hide: Hide the cartodb layer from the map. Example: cartodb_leaflet.hide();
  • show: Show the cartodb layer in the map again. Example:;
  • setInteraction: Set the interaction of your layer to true or false. Example: cartodb_leaflet.setInteraction(false);
  • setAttribution: Set the layer attribution. Example: cartodb_leaflet.setAttribution("CartoDB");
  • setOpacity: Change the opacity of the CartoDB layer. Example: cartodb_leaflet.setOpacity(0.3);
  • setQuery: Change the query parameter for the layer. Example: cartodb_leaflet.setQuery("SELECT * FROM {{table_name}} WHERE cartodb_id > 10");
  • setStyle: Change the style of the layer tiles. Example: cartodb_leaflet.setStyle("#{{table_name}}{marker-fill:blue}");
  • isVisible: Get the visibility of the layer. Example: cartodb_leaflet.isVisible();
  • isAdded: Returns true if the layer is already added to the map. Example: cartodb_leaflet.isAdded();
  • setInteractivity: Change the columns you want to get data (it needs to reload the tiles). Example: cartodb_leaflet.setInteractivity("cartodb_id, the_geom, magnitude");
  • setBounds: Set bounds in the map using a new query or the default one. Example: cartodb_leaflet.setBounds(); || cartodb_leaflet.setBounds("SELECT * FROM {{table_name}} WHERE cartodb_id < 100");
  • setOptions: Change any parameter at the same time refreshing the tiles once. Example: cartodb_leaflet.setOptions({query: "SELECT * FROM {{table_name}} WHERE cartodb_id<100", interactivity: "cartodb_id,the_geom,magnitude"});
  • setLayerOrder: Not available yet -> Waiting for this ticket fixed:


Use your CartoDB table with Leaflet



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