Is it possible to set the style to hidden of certain parts of a layer of the map? The API documentation does not seems to have any property for it?

I tried to add the following:

var locatusObject = new ol.layer.Vector ({
  source: locatusSource,
  maxResolution: 14,
  style: styleFunction
function styleFunction(feature,resolution) {
style = [new ol.style.Style({
                stroke: changeStrokeStyle(),
                fill: changeFillStyle(),

return style;

None seem to work?


Oke, it seems to work when I set the variable "style=null"! But when I click a certain category, my map does not get reloaded?

I use the following code to click and reload my map:

$('#legend ul > li > ul > li').click(function(){
      if($(this).attr('data-hidden')==='false'){console.log('in conditie'); $(this).attr('data-hidden', 'true');$(this).addClass('enabled');} 
      else {$(this).attr('data-hidden', 'false');$(this).removeClass('enabled');}

        hiddenArray[$(this).attr('data-name')] = $(this).attr('data-hidden');


The map.renderSync() doesnt seem to do anything to my map?

  • There are a few similar and/or related questions on gis stack exchange here and also here. Hopefully they can shed some light on your situation. – GeoSharp Oct 7 '15 at 13:02
  • Thanks for your suggestion, but because I am using the version 3,9 these examples do not help in my case :( – PIDZB Oct 7 '15 at 13:42
  • But when this should be happen? – Jonatas Walker Oct 7 '15 at 14:10
  • I have a sidebar where you can click on some categories: e.g. clothing shops. – PIDZB Oct 7 '15 at 14:12
  • When you click on a category, a part of a layer has to become visible. Because I can set a different styling per category, I hoped I could also hide a part of the layer based on the category in my sidebar. – PIDZB Oct 7 '15 at 14:13

Based on comments the logic would be:

Read the features from GeoJSON and add the features to different ol.layer.Vector based on a property called here category:

// Read from GeoJSON and add to different layer
var features = new ol.format.GeoJSON().readFeatures(geojsonObject, {
    featureProjection: 'EPSG:3857'

features.forEach(function(feature) {
    var category = feature.get('category');
    var layer = thisLayerExists(category);
    if(layer) {
        //just add feature
    } else {
        //add layer to map
        layer = new ol.layer.Vector({
            name: category,
            source: new ol.source.Vector({
                features: [feature]
            style: point_style

And if you want to show only a layer that match to a given category:

function showCategory(category){
    var layers = map.getLayers();
        //discard layers other than ol.layer.Vector
        if(layer instanceof ol.layer.Vector){
            if(layer.get('name') == category){
            } else {

See missing variables and functions on demo fiddle.

  • Is it correct that you can only use the following code for points and not for polygons? "var features = new ol.format.GeoJSON().readFeatures(geojsonObject, { featureProjection: 'EPSG:3857' });" I am getting errors when I try to use it for polygon data? – PIDZB Oct 10 '15 at 12:41
  • You can use for polygons. Maybe the error is because of style (ol.style.Circle). Try to remove the style from layer. – Jonatas Walker Oct 10 '15 at 13:25

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