Leaflet plugin for transitioning in/out markers with CSS3 transitions
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Latest commit a6a90d9 Dec 23, 2014 @brianreavis brianreavis Released 0.2.1.



NPM version

A Leaflet plugin that extends L.Icon to support transitioning with CSS3 transitions – great for easing markers into view (demo). It even supports jitter for staggering markers into view (to prevent visual overload). The way it works is inspired by React's ReactCSSTransitionGroup.

$ npm install leaflet-transitionedicon --save


var TransitionedIcon = require('leaflet-transitionedicon');

var MyIcon = TransitionedIcon.extend({
    options: {
        // iconUrl: 'images/marker-icon.png',
        // iconRetinaUrl: 'images/marker-icon-2x.png',
        // shadowUrl: 'images/marker-shadow.png',
        // iconSize: [25, 41],
        // iconAnchor: [12, 41],
        // popupAnchor: [1, -34],
        // shadowSize: [41, 41],
        cssTransitionJitterIn: 0,
        cssTransitionJitterOut: 0,
        cssTransitionName: 'my-transition',
        cssTransitionBatches: 0

The main options to note are:

  • cssTransitionName – The name to use for transition classes (see below)
  • cssTransitionJitterIn – Milliseconds of jitter before the marker is displayed.
  • cssTransitionJitterOut – Milliseconds of jitter to wait before removing a marker.
  • cssTransitionBatches – If not zero, the plugin will group transitions in and out into the specified number of batches. This only makes sense to use when jittering is enabled. Batching can be useful for aesthetic and/or performance reasons.

Using cssTransitionName, the plugin will apply classes that represent the transition lifecycle. For example implementation, check out the demo code.

.my-transition { } /* always on element, from birth to death */
.my-transition-enter { } /* start state */
.my-transition-enter-active { } /* tick after birth */
.my-transition-leave { } /* destruction starting */
.my-transition-leave-active { }  /* end state */

That's it – no other configuration is necessary. Simply add and remove markers from the map as usual:

// add marker to map (transition in)
var marker = L.marker([lat, lon], {icon: new MyIcon()}).addTo(map);

// remove marker from map (transition out)


Copyright © 2014 Brian Reavis & Contributors

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at: http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0

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