I specified the raster file with "name" and "title" in Geoserver.

For example, I have these in Geoserver:

name,  Title  
AT:usa, "This is a map of USA"  

Can I return the title ("This is a map of USA" ) as the layer name in Openlayers layer switcher when I call the WMS service for this layer by name? By default, it shows "usa" in the layer switcher.

  • What is the value of the first param passed to the openlayers layer constructor? I bet it is "usa". Now do you want do dynamically fetch the layer name from geoserver?
    – unicoletti
    Oct 1, 2011 at 7:06
  • Do you think this is the only way?
    – Seen
    Oct 1, 2011 at 12:52
  • There are 2 ways: dynamic (difficult) and static (easy)
    – unicoletti
    Oct 1, 2011 at 13:18
  • I was expecting the title parameter would come with the post back WMS. So could you tell me how to do static one? Thanks! @unicoletti
    – Seen
    Oct 1, 2011 at 14:58
  • You can parse the WMS GetCapabilities response to get the name and title of the layers in the service. name is for computer interaction, title is for humans to read.
    – nmtoken
    Jan 16, 2017 at 13:36

1 Answer 1


I suppose you are creating your OpenLayers WMS layer as follows:

var wms = new OpenLayers.Layer.WMS("This is a map if USA",
                               {layers: "AT:usa"});

then the first parameter is the layer name that will be displayed in the layer switcher. Simply set it to whatever you like it to be.

  • I think this is an easy way to get around. That is how I did it exactly. Thanks!
    – Seen
    Oct 1, 2011 at 16:47

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