I have found a draw tool in OpenLayers-3 which allows us to draw on a map (see http://openlayers.org/en/v3.2.0/examples/draw-features.html). Is there an API in openlayers to store the drawn feature in geojson format?

  • Where do you want to store it? Local storage in the browser? On the server using WFS-T? – bartvde May 20 '15 at 6:43
  • @bartvde i just want to get the drawn feature in geojson format and store it in a text file on the server (say) – ishan3243 May 20 '15 at 12:04

You can use ol.format.GeoJSON to write out your feature as GeoJSON, and then use any AJAX / XHR library to get it back to your server.


See also this example which uses EsriJSON but the concepts are the same:


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  • but the problem is how do I store a drawn "feature" into a variable? Please see the link I have posted in the question above. It just draws the feature on the map and doesn't store it anywhere. – ishan3243 May 20 '15 at 15:29
  • please check the vector-esri-edit example it should tell you all you need – bartvde May 20 '15 at 17:15
  • I am right now on openlayers 3.4.0, which doesn't seem to have this – ishan3243 May 20 '15 at 17:18
  • Then check out 3.5.0. Or just view the online example for the code. – bartvde May 21 '15 at 6:33

Further to the answer above, this is how I'm grabbing the draw features before storing them in an indexed db for offline storage:

// declare vars to populate later
var routetitle, routeDescription, routeFeatures, 
routeScreenshot, routePNG, tags;

var allFeatures = drawLayer.getSource().getFeatures();
var format = new ol.format.GeoJSON();
var routeFeatures = format.writeFeatures(allFeatures);

If you then console log(routeFeatures it should give you a JSON Feature Collection

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