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OpenLayers - Cesium integration library. Create your map using OpenLayers, and visualize it on a globe with Cesium. See live examples.

ES6 modules

Since version 2.0, the code is entirely based on ES6 modules and syntax. That package requires OpenLayers 5.x.


Switch smoothly between 2D and 3D and synchronize:

  • Map context (bounding box and zoom level);
  • Raster data sources;
  • Vector data sources in 2D and 3D;
  • Map selection (selected items);
  • Animated transitions between map and globe view.

The library is configurable and extensible and allows:

  • Lazy or eager loading of Cesium
  • Limiting Cesium resource consumption (idle detection)

For synchronization of maps in projections other than EPSG:4326 and EPSG:3857, see #562 branch.

Integration in your application

There are several ways to use OL-Cesium in your application.

As an ES6 library

See the examples for how it was done with webpack. It should work equally well with other bundlers, please create an issue if it is not the case. See also the ol-cesium-webpack-example based on the official Cesium With Webpack example.

As an old-fashioned independant library (if you are interested, get in touch with us)

npm i --save ol-cesium
<!-- integrate OpenLayers and Cesium as usual
<link rel="stylesheet" href="ol.css" type="text/css">
<script src="ol.js"></script>
<script src="Cesium.js"></script>
<link rel="stylesheet" href="node_modules/ol-cesium/dist/olcs.css" type="text/css">
<script src="node_modules/ol-cesium/dist/olcesium.js"></script>

As of now, you will need a custom build of OpenLayers. See old fashioned example.

As an UMD library (need documentation, if you are interested, get in touch with us)

Use your webpack / require.js / ... as usual.

Getting started

An OpenLayers map can be switched to a 3d globe view by running the code below after the map has been created:

import OLCesium from 'olcs/OLCesium.js';
const ol3d = new OLCesium({map: map}); // map is the ol.Map instance

See the examples.

If you are new to Cesium, you should also check the Cesium tutorials.

Running the examples in debug mode

This is useful for contributing to Ol-Cesium, because it loads the source files instead of a minified build:

$ make serve

will make the distribution examples available at http://localhost:3000/examples

Running the unminified version of Cesium

Passing the parameter ?mode=dev to an example will load the debug version of Cesium instead of the minified one. This is helpful when something breaks inside Cesium. In distribution mode, an unminified version of OpenLayers and Ol-Cesium is also loaded.


OpenLayers unmanaged layers are not discoverable and as a consequence not supported. Plain layers should be used instead or the synchronization managed manually. See

Release process