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Leaflet maintains that the Map panes elements contain all layers added to the map. The difference between many of the Map panes is strictly the z-index order of layering.

I would like to use a combination of lvector.CartoDB layers, which are essentially overlayPane layers, with TileLayer, such as GeoIQ Acetate-bg and labels.

This is the ordering of the elements as they are added the map:

tileLayer1 = new L.TileLayer();
map.add(tileLayer1);  // add first layer to map

cartoDBLayer1 = new lvector.CartoDB();
cartoDBLayer.setMap(map); // add second layer to map

tileLayer2 = new L.TileLayer();
map.add(tileLayer2);  // add third layer to map

What returns is a map with layers in this order:


tileLayer1 and tileLayer2 are situated in the HTMLElement: TilePane and cartoDBLayer1 is in HTMLElement: overlayPane.

Is there any way to force cartoDBLayer1 to render in the TilePane, such that it falls in order of the z-index that it is added to the map in...


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up vote 10 down vote accepted

Have you seen this issue created one the LeafLet github repo:

try to use


to add a tile layer to the bottom. I'm afraid that's all there is and this second optional argument is not even documented.

Update Sept 2014

Leaflet now supports setting the zIndex. Thanks to @knutole in the comments for letting me know.

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+1 for mentioning an undocumented feature here, thus documenting it. :) – fgysin Nov 21 '12 at 14:01
There is now a layer.setZIndex(zIndex) function available. – knutole Sep 4 '14 at 10:31
Thanks - layer.setZIndex(99) doesn't seem to work for me with vector symbology (line and polygon features), but using layer.bringToFront() did the trick. – nothingisnecessary Sep 10 '15 at 16:35

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