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leaflet-blurred-location-display (LBLD)

Build Status npm version License: GPL v3 js-standard-style

leaflet-blurred-location-display is an extension of leaflet-blurred-location and does the following:

  • Cleverly dispays "blurred" locations, keeping privacy settings in mind.
  • Presents collections of blurred locations in a heatmap.
  • Optionally color codes the markers on the map according to the precision.
  • Fetches data from remote API or you may pass array of coordinates directly into LBLD API (see example below)


  1. See how markers are filtered at different zoom levels :

  2. See how markers are fetched from remote/external API :

  3. This page shows how different zoom levels and different precisons corresponds to different Human Readable blurring :

  4. This page shows the style : heatmap property of this library which results in only colored grids without any markers :

Setting up leaflet-blurred-location-display

To set up the library first clone this repo to your local after that run 'npm install' to install all the neccessary packages required.

Link to npm :

Some terms used

  • LBLD = leaflet-blurred-location-display
  • LBL = leaflet-blurred-location
  • remote markers = markers made from external API .
  • local markers = markers made from static data provided directly into LBLD API .
  • precision = number of digits after decimal .
  • JSONparser = a function defined by User to parse external API .
  • zoom_level = the current zoom level of the map .



Define standard leaflet map object :

var map123 ='map').setView([23,77] , 3) ; // There should be a div with id = 'map' .

Define the LBL object :

See for more details

var BlurredLocation = new BlurredLocation();
blurredLocation.addTo(map123) ;

Define LBLD object :

var blurredLocationDisplay = new BlurredLocationDisplay(options_display) ;

You need to pass some LBLD settings in the options_display object above , which are explained in the next section :

Various fields in options_display :

var options_display = {
  blurredLocation: BlurredLocation,
  locations: locations,
  source_url: "",
  JSONparser: JSONparser,
  zoom_filter: zoom_filter,
  color_code_markers: false, // by default this is false .
  style: 'both' // or 'heatmap' or 'markers' , by default is 'both'
  • blurredLocation : This is compulsory field , you have to pass the LBL object here .
  • locations : You can pass some local data directly to LBLD API in the form of array .
  • source_url: URL to external API to fetch data and show on map .
  • JSONparser: JSON parser function for your API URL provided .
  • popupDisplay: Function to build the display for the marker popup content .
  • zoom_filter : An array signifying the range of zoom levels where particular precision markers should be visible .
  • color_code_markers : If true , then markers would be color coded according to the precision of its coordinates .
  • style : can be both where markers and heatmap both are drawn , markers for showing only markers and heatmap for showing only heatmap .

All these parameters are explained in detail below :

There are 2 ways to show data using LBLD :

  • Pass the data directly to LBLD object locally .
  • Pass the URL of JSON data and a custom JSON parser function .
1.) Passing Coordinates directly into the LBLD API :

First, you need to make some blurred locations. Let's create 3 of them :

locations = [[23.1 ,      77.1],
             [20.1 ,      76.1],
             [21.111 ,    76.111];

Now you can pass them to the options_display object as following :

var options_display = {
  blurredLocation: BlurredLocation, // compulsory to pass
  locations: locations
2.) Using external API to fetch data :

Pass the URL in the source_url field and a JSON parser function for your API (you can take a look at the default JSON parser below to make your own !) .

var options_display = {
    blurredLocation: BlurredLocation, // compulsory to pass
    source_url: "", // external API 
    JSONparser: function jsonParser(result) { } // function to parse the above API
  • JSONparser for external API:
    1. Make an array of object.
    2. Each object should have same parameters - id, url, latitude, longitude, title.
    3. All the above parameters are used to make pop-up of each marker.
    4. The below is also the default JSONparser which will be used automatically if you do not provide your own .
function JSONparser(data) {
  parsed_data = []; 
  if (!!data.items) {
    for (i = 0 ; i < data.items.length; i++) {
      let obj = {};
      obj["id"] = data.items[i].doc_id;
      obj["url"] = data.items[i].doc_url;
      obj["latitude"] = parseFloat(data.items[i].latitude);
      obj["longitude"] = parseFloat(data.items[i].longitude);
      obj["title"] = data.items[i].doc_title;
      parsed_data[parsed_data.length] = obj;
  return parsed_data; 
  • popupDisplay for external API:
    1. Make a string containing the HTML elements you want displayed for each marker popup.
    2. Can use all the parameters from JSONparser by referencing the object.
    3. The below is also the default popupDisplay which will be used automatically if you do not provide your own.
function popupDisplay(obj) {
  var popup_content = "";
  popup_content += "<h5><a href='" + obj.url + "'>@" + obj.title + "</a></h5>";
  return popup_content

**[NOTE: We can use external API and also pass local data simultaneously !]

zoom_filter : Changing the zoom levels range where 'x' precision marker should be visible :

    // [lower zoom level , upper zoom level , >= precision allowed]
      zoom_filter = [[0,4,0] , [5,7,2] , [8,11,4] , [12,18,5]];             

The first number signifies the lower zoom level.

The second number signifies the upper zoom level.

The last number signifies that all markers having precision greater than equal to this number should be shown between lower zoom level and upper zoom level range.

The default zoom level filter array is:

zoom_filter = [[0,4,0] , [5,7,2] , [8,11,4] , [12,18,5]] ;             

Style parameter :

1.) style = heatmap shows only heatmap on map:


2.) style = markers shows only markers on map:


3.) style = both shows both heatmap and markers on map:


Markers color coding parameter :

We can switch on the markers color coding feature which colors the markers according to the precision of its coordinates using color_code_markers parameter which is by default false.

The following table is used for color coding :

Precision Color of marker
0 Blue
1 Red
2 Orange
3 Green
4 Black
5 Grey
>=6 Yellow
  • When color_code_markers set to true :


  • When color_code_markers set to false :


Human-readable blurring :

Given zoom_filter = [[0,4,0] , [5,7,2] , [8,11,4] , [12,18,5]] ; ,

Our table to correlate zoom level, precision, and human-readable scale (from "country" to "building") is as follows:

Zoom level Lat/lon coordinate precision Human-readable placename
0 >= 0 planet
3 >= 0 country
4 >= 0 country , state
5 >= 2 country , state , province
6 >= 2 country , state , province , region
11 >= 4 neighbourhood
13 >= 5 Exact Block


Methods Use Usage (Example)
getVisibleLocations() returns array of markers of the input coordinates currently on map ! . blurredLocationDisplay.getVisibleLocations() //This would return the array of all the input coordinates currently visible on map
getMarkersOfPrecision({min: int , max: int}) returns array - with source parameter indicating either remote or local marker with precision between min and max value {all markers are currently visible on map} . blurredLocationDisplay.getMarkersOfPrecision({min: 2 , max: 3}) //This would return 1 array - remote markers array and local markers array - having precision between 2 and 3
getMarkersOfPrecision(int) returns array - with source parameter indicating either remote or local marker {all markers are currently visible on map} blurredLocationDisplay.getMarkersOfPrecision(2) //This would return 1 array - remote markers array and local markers array - having precision = 2
filterCoordinatesToPrecison(int) returns array of input coordinates with precision = (int) blurredLocationDisplay.filterCoordinatesToPrecison(2) //This would return array of coordinates with precision = 2 only


Feature Use
'Blurred' location display Your exact location won't be posted, only the grid square it falls within will be shown till the level of precision you have set to your location.
'Blurred' human-readable location display The name of the location you added will be displayed till the level of precision you set as the extent of address depends on the precision level you currently are on. For instance for precision 0 only the country name will be provided as you zoom in precision will increase and so will the address details, such as state, city, etc.

1.) Lower the precision , Greater the privacy :

The red markers corresponds to coordinates [23.1 , 77.1] , [20.1 , 76.1] having precision of 1 . At lower zoom level 5**** , these red markers are visible on map . image description

But as you zoom in to level 6 , these red markers are removed from the map whereas other high precision markers are still visible .
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2.) Color Coding of the markers :

According to the precision of the coordinates , different colors are given to the markers .

Precision = 0 , Blue colored markers .

Precision = 1 , Red colored markers .

Precision = 2 , Orange colored markers .

Precision = 3 , Green colored markers .

Precision = 4 , Black colored markers .

Precision = 5 , Grey colored markers .

Precision >= 6 , Yellow colored markers .

Also clicking the markers shows a pop-up telling the precision :
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3.) Heat map :

Greater the markers in a region , Darker the color .

We wanted to give an easy visualization power , so we implemented this grid heat map .

image description

The default color of grid is : #F3F0C0

If number of markers are in range [1,10] , the color is : #FFA500

If number of markers are in range [11,15] , the color is : #faff05

If number of markers are in range [16,25] , the color is : #FF6347

If number of markers are in range [26,35] , the color is : #FF4500

If number of markers are in range [36,45] , the color is : #FF0000

If number of markers are greater than 45 , the color is : #8B0000

NOTE : Clicking on each rectangle shows the pop-up showing number of markers in that rectangle .


Automated tests are an essential way to ensure that new changes don't break existing functionality, and can help you be confident that your code is ready to be merged in. We use Jasmine for testing:

To run tests, open /test.html in a browser. If you have phantomjs installed, you can run grunt jasmine to run tests on the commandline.

You can find the installation instructions for phantomjs in its official build documentation. For Ubuntu/debian based system you can follow these instructions or use the script mentioned there.

To add new tests, edit the *_spec.js files in /spec/javascripts/.


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