I've been trying to use the basic example from the OpenLayers website to create a simple clustering map for my GeoJSON data. However, I'm not getting any luck generating any clusters.

Below is my code:

var baseLayer = new ol.layer.Tile({
    source: source: new ol.source.OSM()
var view = new ol.View ({
    center: [19425838, -4409677], // projection is in EPSG: 3857
    zoom: 6,
    maxZoom: 28,
    minZoom: 1
var source = new ol.source.GeoJSON({object: geojson_jobs}); // local .js file passing geoJSON features into a variable
var clustersSource = new ol.source.Cluster({
        distance: 10,
        source: source
var styleCache = {};
var clusters = new ol.layer.Vector({
    source: clustersSource,
    style: function(feature, resolution) {
        var size = feature.get('features').length;
        var style = styleCache[size];
        if (true) {
            style = [
                new ol.style.Style({
                    image: new ol.style.Circle({
                        radius: resolution,
                        stroke: new ol.style.Stroke({
                            color: "#fff"
                        fill: new ol.style.Fill({
                            color: '#3399CC'
                    text: new ol.style.Text({
                        text: size.toString(),
                        fill: new ol.style.Fill({
                            color: '#fff'
            styleCache[size] = style;
        return style;
var layers = [baseLayer, clusters];
var map = new ol.Map({
        controls: ol.control.defaults().extend([new ol.control.ScaleLine({})]),
        target: 'map',
        renderer: 'canvas',
        view: view,
        layers: layers
  • Are you sure the geoJSON is being loaded? Are you getting any error messages in the console?
    – Tim.Lucas
    Feb 2, 2015 at 8:12
  • @Tim.Lucas, no error messages, I actually used this json file before (of course, I displayed them individually; then I decide to go with the Clustering option, just to get a nice and clean look on the map).
    – ouhshuo
    Feb 2, 2015 at 19:56
  • I'm having the same problem. The geojson is loaded here, I can check in the debug. looks like something isn't working. I have no javascript errors either.
    – Glenn Plas
    Feb 15, 2015 at 20:20
  • @GlennPlas My geoJSON file originally came from a shapefile and then gets exported through QGIS. I have no idea QGIS automatically converted it from single-point to multi-point until I double checked the geoJSON itself.
    – ouhshuo
    Feb 16, 2015 at 22:30
  • I know, look at my reply a bit lower.
    – Glenn Plas
    Feb 16, 2015 at 22:32

2 Answers 2


It doesn't work with geoJSON like that, it took me a day to figure this out, you need to make sure that:

  • Your geoJSON only containts Points, not LineStrings etc. even if it holds 1 the cluster layer will not display without js errors.
  • make sure you transform where needed concerning projections.

If you load geoJSON from a file in contrast to the example where it gets generated in an array you have to do this trick below.

The example code

var count = 20000;
var features = new Array(count);
var e = 4500000;
for (var i = 0; i < count; ++i) {
    var coordinates = [2 * e * Math.random() - e, 2 * e * Math.random() - e];
    features[i] = new ol.Feature(new ol.geom.Point(coordinates));

The geoJSON from file

var features = [];

    url: 'data/shopssmalln.geojson',
    dataType: 'json',
    async: false,
    success: function(json1) {
        $.each(json1, function (key, data) {
            if (key == 'features') {
                $.each(data, function (k, v) {
                    if (v.type=='Feature') {
                        if (v.geometry.coordinates.length>1) {
                            features[k] = new ol.Feature(new ol.geom.Point(ol.proj.transform(v.geometry.coordinates, 'EPSG:4326', 'EPSG:3857')));


The rest

var source = new ol.source.Vector({
    features: features,
    projection: 'EPSG:3857'

var clusterSource = new ol.source.Cluster({
    distance: 20,
    projection: 'EPSG:3857',
    source: source

ol3 clustering is a bit of a pain..

Check out these links:


I double checked the geoJSON file' geometry, strangely it's in multipoint rather than single point. The geoJSON file is exported with QGIS from a shapefile that only has point geometry features. I would expect the new geoJSON is in single point geometry rather than multipoint.

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