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Use Leaflet in your django projects

Project description

django-leaflet allows you to use Leaflet in your Django projects.

It embeds Leaflet version 1.0.3.

Main purposes of having a python package for the Leaflet Javascript library :

  • Install and enjoy ;

  • Do not embed Leaflet assets in every Django project ;

  • Enjoy geometry edition with Leaflet form widget ;

  • Control apparence and settings of maps from Django settings (e.g. at deployment) ;

  • Reuse Leaflet map initialization code (e.g. local projections) ;


django-leaflet is compatible with django-geojson fields, which allow handling geographic data without spatial database.


Last stable version:

pip install django-leaflet

Last development version (master branch):

pip install -e git+


  • Add leaflet to your INSTALLED_APPS

  • Make sure django.contrib.staticfiles is also in your INSTALLED_APPS; Django >= 1.3 includes this contrib app by default

  • Add the HTML header:

    {% load leaflet_tags %}
        {% leaflet_js %}
        {% leaflet_css %}
  • Add the map in your page, providing a name:

        {% leaflet_map "yourmap" %}
  • Your map shows up!


Check out the example project ifor a complete integration!

Use Leaflet API

You can use the Leaflet API as usual. There are two ways to grab a reference on the just initialized map and options.

Using Javascript callback function

The easy way :

<script type="text/javascript">
    function map_init_basic (map, options) {
        L.marker([50.5, 30.5]).addTo(map);

{% leaflet_map "yourmap" callback="window.map_init_basic" %}

Using events

If you don’t want to expose global callbacks :

<script type="text/javascript">
    window.addEventListener("map:init", function (e) {
        var detail = e.detail;
        L.marker([50.5, 30.5]).addTo(;
    }, false);

Event object has two properties : map and options (initialization).

For Internet Explorer support, we fallback on jQuery if available

$(window).on('map:init', function (e) {
    var detail = e.originalEvent ?
                 e.originalEvent.detail : e.detail;
    L.marker([50.5, 30.5]).addTo(;

If you want to support archaic browsers and still avoid jQuery, django-leaflet comes with a minimalist polyfill for events. Add it in <head> this way

<!--[if IE 8]><script src="{% static "leaflet/eventlister.ie8.js" %}"></script><!--<![endif]-->
<!--[if lt IE 8]><script src="{% static "leaflet/eventlister.ie6-7.js" %}"></script><!--<![endif]-->

Customize map size

CSS is your friend:


    .leaflet-container {  /* all maps */
        width:  600px;
        height: 400px;

    #specialbigmap {
        height: 800px;



In order to configure django-leaflet, just add a new section in your settings:

    # conf here

And add some of the following entries.

Spatial extent

You can configure a global spatial extent for your maps, that will automatically center your maps, restrict panning and add reset view and scale controls. (See advanced usage to tweak that.):

'SPATIAL_EXTENT': (5.0, 44.0, 7.5, 46)

Initial map center and zoom level

In addition to limiting your maps with SPATIAL_EXTENT, you can also specify initial map center, default, min and max zoom level:

'DEFAULT_CENTER': (6.0, 45.0),
'MIN_ZOOM': 3,
'MAX_ZOOM': 18,

The tuple/list must contain (lat,lng) coords.

Default tiles layer

To globally add a tiles layer to your maps:

'TILES': 'http://{s}{z}/{x}/{y}.png'

This setting can also be a list of tuples (name, url, options). The python dict options accepts all the Leaflet tileLayers options.

If it contains several layers, a layer switcher will then be added automatically.

'TILES': [('Satellite', 'http://server/a/...', {'attribution': '&copy; Big eye', 'maxZoom': 16}),
          ('Streets', 'http://server/b/...', {'attribution': '&copy; Contributors'})]

If you omit this setting, a default OpenSTreetMap layer will be created for your convenience. If you do not want a default layers (perhaps to add them in your own JavaScript code on map initialization), set the value to an empty list, as shown below.

'TILES': []

Note that this will also prevent any overlays defined in settings from being displayed.

Overlay layers

To globally add an overlay layer, use the same syntax as tiles:

'OVERLAYS': [('Cadastral', 'http://server/a/{z}/{x}/{y}.png', {'attribution': '&copy; IGN'})]

Currently, overlay layers from settings are limited to tiles. For vectorial overlays, you will have to add them via JavaScript (see events).

Attribution prefix

To globally add an attribution prefix on maps (most likely an empty string)

'ATTRIBUTION_PREFIX': 'Powered by django-leaflet'

Default is None, which leaves the value to Leaflet’s default.

Scale control

Scale control may be set to show ‘metric’ (m/km), or ‘imperial’ (mi/ft) scale lines, or ‘both’. Default is ‘metric’.

Enable metric and imperial scale control:

'SCALE': 'both'

Disable scale control:

'SCALE': None

Minimap control

Shows a small map in the corner which shows the same as the main map with a set zoom offset:


By default it shows the tiles of the first layer in the list.

(More info…)

Reset view button

By default, a button appears below the zoom controls and, when clicked, shows the entire map. To remove this button, set:


Global initialization functions and window.maps

Since 0.7.0, the leaflet_map template tag no longer registers initialization functions in global scope, and no longer adds map objects into window.maps array by default. To restore these features, use:

'NO_GLOBALS' = False

Force Leaflet image path

If you are using staticfiles compression libraries such as django_compressor, which can do any of compressing, concatenating or renaming javascript files, this may break Leaflet’s own ability to determine its installed path, and in turn break the method L.Icon.Default.imagePath().

To use Django’s own knowledge of its static files to force this value explicitly, use:



To ease the usage of plugins, django-leaflet allows specifying a set of plugins, that can later be referred to from the template tags by name:

    'name-of-plugin': {
        'css': ['relative/path/to/stylesheet.css', '/root/path/to/stylesheet.css'],
        'js': '',
        'auto-include': True,
    . . .

Both ‘css’ and ‘js’ support identical features for specifying resource URLs:

  • can be either a plain string or a list of URLs

  • each string can be:

    • absolute URL - will be included as-is; example:

    • a URL beginning from the root - will be included as-is; example: /root/path/to/stylesheet.css

    • a relative URL - settings.STATIC_URL will be prepended; example: relative/path/to/stylesheet.css will be included as /static/relative/path/to/stylesheet.css (depending on your setting for STATIC_URL)

Now, use leaflet_js and leaflet_css tags to load CSS and JS resources of configured Leaflet plugins.

By default only plugins with 'auto-include' as True will be included.

To include specific plugins in the page, specify plugin names, comma separated:

{% load leaflet_tags %}

    {% leaflet_js  plugins="bouncemarker,draw" %}
    {% leaflet_css plugins="bouncemarker,draw" %}

To include all plugins configured in LEAFLET_CONFIG['PLUGINS'], use:

{% leaflet_js plugins="ALL" %}
{% leaflet_css plugins="ALL" %}

Leaflet map forms widgets

A Leaflet widget is provided to edit geometry fields. It embeds Leaflet.draw in version 0.4.0.

In Adminsite

from django.contrib import admin
from leaflet.admin import LeafletGeoAdmin

from .models import WeatherStation, LeafletGeoAdmin)

A mixin is also available for inline forms:

from django.contrib import admin
from leaflet.admin import LeafletGeoAdminMixin

class PoiLocationInline(LeafletGeoAdminMixin, admin.StackedInline):
    model = PoiLocation

In forms

With Django >= 1.6:

from django import forms

from leaflet.forms.widgets import LeafletWidget

class WeatherStationForm(forms.ModelForm):

    class Meta:
        model = WeatherStation
        fields = ('name', 'geom')
        widgets = {'geom': LeafletWidget()}

With all Django versions:

from django import forms

from leaflet.forms.fields import PointField

class WeatherStationForm(forms.ModelForm):
    geom = PointField()

    class Meta:
        model = WeatherStation
        fields = ('name', 'geom')

The related template would look like this:

{% load leaflet_tags %}
   {% leaflet_js plugins="forms" %}
   {% leaflet_css plugins="forms" %}
    <h1>Edit {{ object }}</h1>
    <form action="POST">
        {{ form }}
        <input type="submit"/>

Every map field will trigger an event you can use to add your custom machinery :

map.on('map:loadfield', function (e) {
    // Customize map for field
    console.log(e.field, e.fieldid);

If you need a reusable customization of widgets maps, first override the JavaScript field behaviour by extending L.GeometryField, then in Django subclass the LeafletWidget to specify the custom geometry_field_class.

YourGeometryField = L.GeometryField.extend({
    addTo: function (map) {, map);
        // Customize map for field
    // See GeometryField source (static/leaflet/leaflet.forms.js) to override more stuff...
class YourMapWidget(LeafletWidget):
    geometry_field_class = 'YourGeometryField'

class YourForm(forms.ModelForm):
    class Meta:
        model = YourModel
        fields = ('name', 'geom')
        widgets = {'geom': YourMapWidget()}


It’s possible to add extras JS/CSS or auto-include forms plugins everywhere:

    'PLUGINS': {
        'forms': {
            'auto-include': True

( It will be merged over default minimal set required for edition )


  • It relies on global settings for map initialization.

  • It works with local map projections. But SRID is specified globally through LEAFLET_CONFIG['SRID'] as described below.

  • Javascript component for de/serializing fields value is pluggable.

  • Javascript component for Leaflet.draw behaviour initialization is pluggable.

Advanced usage

{% leaflet_map %} tag parameters

  • callback: javascript function name for initialization callback. (Default: None).

  • fitextent: control if map initial view shoud be set to extent setting. (Default: True). Setting fixextent to False will prevent view reset and scale controls to be added.

  • creatediv: control if the leaflet map tags creates a new div or not. (Default: True). Useful to put the javascript code in the header or footer instead of the body of the html document. If used, do not forget to create the div manually.

  • loadevent: One or more space-separated window events that trigger map initialization. (Default: load, i.e. all page resources loaded). If empty values is provided, then map initialization is immediate. And with a wrong value, the map is never initialized. :)

  • settings_overrides: Map with overrides to the default LEAFLET_CONFIG settings. (Default: {}).

Config overrides

It is possible to dynamically override settings in LeafletWidget init:

from leaflet.forms.widgets import LeafletWidget

class WeatherStationForm(forms.ModelForm):

    class Meta:
        model = WeatherStation
        fields = ('name', 'geom')
        widgets = {'geom': LeafletWidget(attrs={
            'settings_overrides': {
                'DEFAULT_CENTER': (6.0, 45.0),

For overriding the settings in LeafletGeoAdmin, use set the appropriate property:

class WeatherStationAdminAdmin(LeafletGeoAdmin):
    settings_overrides = {
       'DEFAULT_CENTER': (6.0, 45.0),


It is possible to setup the map spatial reference in LEAFLET_CONFIG:

'SRID': 2154  # See

Additional parameter is required to compute scale levels : the tiles extent in local projection:

'TILES_EXTENT': [924861,6375196,985649,6448688],

For more information, have a look at this example.

Example of TileCache configuration compatible with Leaflet:



By default, django-leaflet will try to load the spatial reference from your static files at “proj4js/{{ srid }}.js”. If it fails, it will eventually rely on





  • Lesser GNU Public License

  • Leaflet Copyright - 2010-2011 CloudMade, Vladimir Agafonkin


0.21.0 (unreleased)

  • Nothing changed yet.

0.20.0 (2017-01-27)

New features

  • Update Leaflet to 1.0.3 (#169)

  • Update Leaflet-draw to 0.4.0 (#169)

  • Update Proj4Leaflet to 1.0.0 (#169)

  • Made static calls lazy, to fix issues with non-default STATICFILES_STORAGE (#149)

  • Add example application (#168)

Bug fixes

  • Use SpatiaLite library path from environment variable for running test (#173)

  • Fix max zoom level (#165)

  • Add SPATIAL_EXTENT default value to the default settings (#167)

Many thanks to @KostyaEsmukov, @cleder, @sikmir and @seav for their contributions!

0.19.0 (2016-08-22)

New features

  • Added leaflet.admin.LeafletGeoAdminMixin, useful for stacked or tabular inline forms (thanks @KostyaEsmukov, @Xowap)

0.18.2 (2016-08-16)

  • Fix compatibility with Django <= 1.7

0.18.1 (2016-04-07)

  • If the TILES setting contains an empty list, no default tiles layer is generated (thanks @dyve).

  • Fix to allow multipoints saving (fixes #130, thanks @rukayaj)

  • Fix settings override (#142, thanks @ndufrane)

  • Fix for templatetags.leflet_js debug setting (#148, thanks @arctelix)

  • Fixes for Django 1.10 compatibility (#138, thanks @PetrDiouhy)

0.18.0 (2016-01-04)

New features

  • Use a LazyEncoder to allow lazy translations in settings (#132, thanks @Mactory)

  • Enable settings_overrides also for admin (fixes #120, thanks @PetrDiouhy)

  • Add tests for Django 1.9 and Python 3.5 (thanks @itbabu)

Bug fixes

  • Fix LeafletWidget behaviour on GeometryCollectionField (fixes #135)

0.17.1 (2015-12-16)

  • Update Leaflet to 0.7.7

  • Update Leaflet-draw to 0.2.4

  • Fix rendering of leaflet widget when initial value is an empty string

0.17.0 (2015-11-11)

New features

  • Pass relative URLs for static files through django.contrib.staticfiles (thanks @dyve, fixes #111)

  • Allow to override settings at the template tag level (thanks @PetrDiouhy, fixes #59)

  • Update Leaflet to 0.7.5 (@dyve)

  • Add Czech locale (thanks @PetrDiouhy)

Bug fixes

  • Fix interaction with django-geojson (#106, thanks @batisteo)

  • Use protocol independant URLs in default OSM tiles (thanks @NotSqrt)

  • Fix deprecated TEMPLATE_DEBUG (#121, thanks @josenaka)

  • Fix errors with multi-word field names (#123, thanks @josemazo)

  • Fix loadevent not being taken into account in forms (#127, thanks @josemazo)

0.16.0 (2015-04-17)

New features

  • Add setting FORCE_IMAGE_PATH to bypass Leaflet guess on image paths (useful when using django-compressor) (thanks @nimasmi)

  • Add Hebrew translations (thanks @nonZero)

  • Map attribution can be translated using ugettext_lazy

Bug fixes

  • Fix widgets hanging forever with points (thanks @Azimkhan, fixes #90)

  • Remove setTimeout when calling setView() (thanks @manelclos, fixes #89)

  • Fix minZoom/maxZoom when undefined in settings (thanks Manel Clos)

0.15.2 (2014-12-22)

  • Allow to set any leaflet tileLayer option in TILES and OVERLAYS settings (fixes #70).

0.15.1 (2014-12-04)

  • Remove special characters in README (fixes #82)

  • Fix translation in French (fixes #86)

  • Fix es localization

0.15.0 (2014-10-24)

  • Add ability to add overlay tile layers via new setting OVERLAYS.

0.14.2 (2014-10-24)

  • Fix Django 1.7 support in tests (thanks Marco Badan)

  • Add spanish translations (thanks David Martinez)

0.14.1 (2014-07-30)

  • Fix draw events being received for each draw control on the map. (Caution: map.drawControl attribute is not set anymore)

0.14.0 (2014-07-29)

  • Fix GeoJSON serialization when creating new MultiPoint records

  • Make the only layer match the map max/min_zoom (fixes #67) (thanks Manel Clos)

  • Added widget attribute to edit several fields on the same map

0.13.7 (2014-06-26)

  • Fix typo in default proj4js path (ref #71)

0.13.6 (2014-06-26)

  • Setup Projection machinery in Leaflet forms if necessary

  • Django Leaflet forms fiels without libgeos installed (thanks Florent Lebreton)

0.13.5 (2014-06-18)

  • Prevent SRID download when default is used

0.13.4 (2014-06-13)

  • Fix SRID projection file not being loaded

0.13.3 (2014-06-10)

  • Upgrade to Leaflet 0.7.3

0.13.2 (2014-04-15)

  • Fix regression where maps have null as max zoom

0.13.1 (2014-04-10)

  • Fix GEOS dependency, back as optional for geometry edition only (fixes #65)

  • Add minZoom and maxZoom to map initialization

  • Add support of advanced static files locations, like S3 (thanks @jnm)

0.13.0 (2014-03-26)

  • Add support of Leaflet form fields on Django >= 1.4.2 (thanks GaĂŤl Utard)

0.12 (2014-03-22)

  • Add support of GeoJSON fields

0.11.1 (2014-02-12)

  • Do not complain about tile extent if SRID is 3857

0.11.0 (2014-02-07)

  • Add control of metric and imperial in SCALE option (thanks @smcoll)

  • Upgrade to Leaflet.draw 0.2.3

0.10.1 (2014-02-03)

  • Upgrade to Leaflet 0.7.2

0.10.0 (2014-01-22)

  • Python 3 support (thanks @itbabu)

  • Added JavaScript test using Mocha

0.9.0 (2013-12-11)

  • Upgrade to Leaflet 0.7.1

  • Fix unsaved warning being always triggered on Internet Explorer.

  • Added DE locale (thanks @rosscdh)

  • Fix installation with python 2.6 (thanks @ollb)

0.8.5 (2013-11-05)

  • Fix name collision.

0.8.4 (2013-11-05)

  • Fix regression in Django leaflet options serialization.

0.8.3 (2013-11-05)

  • Switch to lazy gettext in leaflet module init.

0.8.2 (2013-10-31)

  • Fix drawing of multi-polygon (fixes #37)

  • Fix attached data for events with jQuery fallback (fixes #38)

  • Fix Javascript syntax errors when using form prefixes (fixes #40)

0.8.1 (2013-09-30)

  • Fix Leaflet library inclusion with “plugins=ALL” outside Admin.

  • Do not include translations in every widgets outside Admin.

  • Fix syntax error if form widget translations contains quotes.

  • Fix dependency error if Leaflet is loaded after the form widget in the DOM.

  • Respect plugins declaration order using OrderedDicts

  • Prepend forms assets (instead of extend) if PLUGINS[‘forms’] already exists.

0.8.0 (2013-09-18)

  • Renamed Leaflet map fragment template

  • Leaflet map geometry widgets for adminsite and forms (requires Django 1.6)

  • Fix geometry type restriction in form fields (fixes #32)

  • Use jQuery for triggering events, only if CustomEvent constructor is not available (fixes #27, fixes #34)

0.7.4 (2013-08-28)

  • Fix projection download error if not available

  • Compute resolutions the same way TileCache does it, and provide example of TileCache configuration.

  • Raise ImproperlyConfigured if TILES_EXTENT is not portrait (since not supported)

0.7.3 (2013-08-23)

  • Do not use console() to warn about deprecated stuff if not available (<IE9)

  • Fix apparence of Reset view control for Leaflet 0.6

  • Add French and Italian locales

0.7.2 (2013-08-23)

  • Fix JS error when no callback value is provided.

0.7.1 (2013-08-21)

  • Fix map initialization with default tiles setting

  • Fix map fitBounds() to SPATIAL_EXTENT in settings

0.7.0 (2013-08-21)

Breaking changes

  • The leaflet_map template tag no longer registers initialization functions in global scope, and no longer adds map objects into window.maps array by default. Use LEAFLET_CONFIG['NO_GLOBALS'] = False to restore these features.

  • Initialization callback function no longer receives the map bounds in second argument, but the map options object.


  • JS default callback function ( <name>Init() ) for map initialization is deprecated. Use explicit callback parameter in template tag, or listen to window event map:init instead. (See Use Leaflet API section in README.)

  • TILES_URL entry in LEAFLET_CONFIG is deprecated. Use TILES instead.

  • Settings lookup is restricted to LEAFLET_CONFIG dict. Most notably, SRID, MAP_SRID and SPATIAL_EXTENT at global Django settings level are discouraged.

New features

  • Add ability to associate layers attributions from settings

  • Add auto-include key for entries in PLUGINS setting, in order to implicity load plugins with leaflet_css and leaflet_js tags.

  • Rewrote map initialization, into less flexible and obstruvise way.

  • Use plugin system for Leaflet.MiniMap.

  • Add loadevent parameter to leaflet_map tag.

  • Map initialization is now idempotent, does nothing if map is already initialized.

  • Add ATTRIBUTION_PREFIX setting to control prefix globally.

0.6.0 (2013-08-08)

  • Upgrade to Leaflet 0.6.4

0.6.0a (2013-07-05)

  • Upgrade to Leaflet 0.6.2

  • Upgrade Leaflet.Minimap (rev 3cd58f7)

  • Upgrade Proj4Leaflet (rev f4f5b6d)

0.5.1 (2013-04-08)

  • Add minimap support

  • Drop Leaflet version switching

  • Update Leaflet to 0.5.1

  • Update Leaflet.Minimap

  • Fix apparence of Reset view button

0.4.1 (2012-11-05)

  • Fix div creation test in template.

0.4.0 (2012-11-05)

  • Remove imperial scale.

  • Add create_div parameter

0.3.0 (2012-10-26)

  • Remove max resolution setting since it can be computed

  • Allow scale control even if view is not set

  • Upgrade Leaflet to 0.4.5

0.2.0 (2012-09-22)

  • Fix packaging of templates

  • Use template for <head> fragment

  • Do not rely on by default

  • Default settings for SRID

  • Default settings for map extent

  • Default map height

  • Default tiles base layer

  • map variable is not global anymore

0.1.0 (2012-08-13)

  • Initial support for map projection

  • Show zoom scale by default

  • Spatial extent configuration

  • Initialization callback instead of global JS variable

  • Leaflet version switching

  • Global layers configuration

0.0.2 (2012-03-22)

  • Add IE conditional CSS

0.0.1 (2012-03-16)

  • Initial working version

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