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An overlay class for Leaflet, a JS library for interactive maps. Allows drawing overlay using Pixi.js, a JavaScript library for drawing using WebGL that seamlessly falls back to HTML5's canvas if needed. Thanks to Leaflet.D3SvgOverlay for inspiration.



  • No limitations to polylines, circles or geoJSON. Draw whatever you want with Pixi.js
  • No need to reproject your geometries on zoom, this is done using scaling
  • Zoom animation where Leaflet supports it

Compatible with Leaflet 0.7.x and 1.x


A very basic demo.

Largest US cities (1000 animated markers).

French cities (36700 animated markers).

One million markers

Rotating markers with constant size during zoom

French presidential 2017 election results: first round and second round (36000 polygons).

French legislative 2017 election results: first round and second round (36000 polygons).

(graph-draw is used to display boundaries in the election demos when rendered in WebGL)


Leaflet.PixiOverlay is available as a npm package:

npm install leaflet-pixi-overlay

or can be included in a page with jsDelivr CDN.


Include Pixi.js and the PixiOverlay libraries:

    <script src="pixi.min.js"></script>
    <script src="L.PixiOverlay.min.js"></script>

Create a map:

    var map =;

Create an overlay:

    var pixiOverlay = L.pixiOverlay(function(utils) {
        // your drawing code here
    }, new PIXI.Container());

Add it to the map:



Draw a marker

var loader = new PIXI.loaders.Loader();
loader.add('marker', 'img/marker-icon.png');
loader.load(function(loader, resources) {
    var markerTexture = resources.marker.texture;
    var markerLatLng = [51.5, -0.09];
    var marker = new PIXI.Sprite(markerTexture);
    marker.anchor.set(0.5, 1);

    var pixiContainer = new PIXI.Container();

    var firstDraw = true;
    var prevZoom;

    var pixiOverlay = L.pixiOverlay(function(utils) {
        var zoom = utils.getMap().getZoom();
        var container = utils.getContainer();
        var renderer = utils.getRenderer();
        var project = utils.latLngToLayerPoint;
        var scale = utils.getScale();

        if (firstDraw) {
            var markerCoords = project(markerLatLng);
            marker.x = markerCoords.x;
            marker.y = markerCoords.y;

        if (firstDraw || prevZoom !== zoom) {
            marker.scale.set(1 / scale);

        firstDraw = false;
        prevZoom = zoom;
    }, pixiContainer);

Draw a triangle

var polygonLatLngs = [
    [51.509, -0.08],
    [51.503, -0.06],
    [51.51, -0.047],
    [51.509, -0.08]
var projectedPolygon;
var triangle = new PIXI.Graphics();

var pixiContainer = new PIXI.Container();

var firstDraw = true;
var prevZoom;

var pixiOverlay = L.pixiOverlay(function(utils) {
    var zoom = utils.getMap().getZoom();
    var container = utils.getContainer();
    var renderer = utils.getRenderer();
    var project = utils.latLngToLayerPoint;
    var scale = utils.getScale();

    if (firstDraw) {
        projectedPolygon = {return project(coords);});
    if (firstDraw || prevZoom !== zoom) {
        triangle.lineStyle(3 / scale, 0x3388ff, 1);
        triangle.beginFill(0x3388ff, 0.2);
        projectedPolygon.forEach(function(coords, index) {
            if (index == 0) triangle.moveTo(coords.x, coords.y);
            else triangle.lineTo(coords.x, coords.y);
    firstDraw = false;
    prevZoom = zoom;
}, pixiContainer);


Factory method

L.pixiOverlay(<function> drawCallback, <PIXI.Container> container, <options> options?)
  • drawCallback - callback to draw/update overlay contents.
  • container - a Pixi container (a subclass of PIXI.Container).
  • options - overlay options object.

Drawing callback function

drawCallback(utils, eventOrCustomData)
  • utils - helper object. Contains methods to work with layers coordinate system and scaling.
  • eventOrCustomData - Contains either the Leaflet event that causes the redraw (moveend event) or a plain object {type: 'add'} when the pixi layer is added to the map or the argument of a redraw call.

Overlay options object

available fields:

  • padding - (number; defaults to 0.1) How much to extend the drawing area around the map view (relative to its size).
  • forceCanvas - (bool; defaults to false) Force use of a 2d-canvas for rendering.
  • doubleBuffering - (bool; default to false) Activate double buffering to prevent flickering when refreshing display on some devices (especially iOS devices). This field is ignored if rendering is done with 2d-canvas.
  • resolution - (number; defaults to 2 on retina devices and 1 elsewhere) Resolution of the renderer.
  • projectionZoom - (function(map): Number; defaults to function that returns the average of map.getMinZoom() and map.getMaxZoom() if the latter is finite else it returns map.getMinZoom() + 8) returns the projection zoom level. Customizing this option can help if you experience visual artifacts.
  • pane - (string; defaults to 'overlayPane') The Leaflet pane where the overlay container is inserted.
  • destroyInteractionManager - (bool; defaults to false) Destroy PIXI Interaction Manager. This is useful when you do not need to use PIXI interaction.
  • autoPreventDefault - (bool; defaults to true) Customize PIXI Interaction Manager autoPreventDefault property. This option is ignored if destroyInteractionManager is true. This should be set to false in most situations to let all dom events flow from PIXI to leaflet but it is set by default for compatibility reason.
  • preserveDrawingBuffer - (bool; defaults to false) Enables drawing buffer preservation, enable this if you need to call toDataUrl on the webgl context.
  • clearBeforeRender - (bool; defaults to true) This sets if the renderer will clear the canvas or not before the new render pass.
  • shouldRedrawOnMove - (function(e: moveEvent): Boolean; defaults to function () {return false;}) Move events trigger a redraw when this function returns true. For example using function (e) {return e.flyTo || e.pinch;} will trigger redraws during flyTo animation and pinch zooms.

Utils object

available methods:

  • latLngToLayerPoint(latLng, zoom?) - (function) returns L.Point projected from L.LatLng in the coordinate system of the overlay.
  • layerPointToLatLng(point, zoom?) - (function) returns L.LatLng projected back from L.Point into the original CRS.
  • getScale(zoom?) - (function) return the current scale factor of the overlay or the scale factor associated to zoom value.
  • getRenderer() - (function) return the current PIXI renderer.
  • getContainer() - (function) return the PIXI container used in the overlay.
  • getMap() - (function) return the current map.

Instance methods

  • redraw(data) - (function) trigger a refresh of the layer. data is passed as second argument of drawCallback function. This is useful for example when you modify something in the container or if you want to animate using PIXI.ticker.Ticker.


1.8.2 (May 18, 2021)

  • Improve default projectionZoom function

1.8.1 (May 2, 2019)

  • Fix a pinch zoom regression introduced in 1.8.0

1.8.0 (Apr 30, 2019)

  • Add support for redrawing the layer during flyTo animations and pinch zooms. (This is disabled by default. See shouldRedrawOnMove option to enable it,)
  • Both pixi.js@5 and pixi.js-legacy@5 should be supported now.

1.7.0 (Mar 20, 2019)

  • Add basic support for pixi.js-legacy@5

1.6.0 (Nov 26, 2018)

  • Add preserveDrawingBuffer and clearBeforeRender options

1.5.0 (Apr 13, 2018)

  • Bug fixes
  • Add options for PIXI Interaction Manager
  • Improved documentation

1.4.2 (Mar 27, 2018)

  • Improved behavior when doubleBuffering is enabled
  • Remove event listeners on layer remove wih Leaflet 0.7.x

1.4.0 (Mar 25, 2018)

  • Add second argument to drawCallback, improving control over redraw logic
  • No need to recompute container transform on redraw calls (performance improvement)

1.3.0 (Jan 22, 2018)

  • Add redraw method

1.2.0 (Jan 20, 2018)

  • Add doubleBuffering option to get rid of flickering on iOS devices

1.1.3 (Jan 20, 2018)

1.0.0 (Sep 2, 2017)

  • Initial release.


This code is provided under the MIT License (MIT).