I am trying to access a VectorTile layers attributes in Openlayers3 like this example. The layer is being server by 'Chubbs'

The layer:

var observationLayer = new ol.layer.VectorTile({
      source: new ol.source.VectorTile({
        format: new ol.format.MVT(),
        tileGrid: ol.tilegrid.createXYZ({maxZoom: 22}),
        tilePixelRatio: 16,
        url: '/services/postgis/test_observations/geometry/vector-tiles/{z}/{x}/{y}.pbf'
      style: observationStyle

Trying to get the attributes when the mouse hovered over the point:

function onMouseMove(browserEvent) {
        var coordinate = browserEvent.coordinate;
        var pixel = map.getPixelFromCoordinate(coordinate);

        map.forEachFeatureAtPixel(pixel, function(feature, layer) {
          // Small sub set of all the  things I have tried...
          console.log(feature); // returns the features!

          console.log(layer); // returns the layer!

          console.log(layer.getProperties()); // returns the prope

          var source = layer.getSource();

          var properties = source.getProperties();
          console.log(properties); // returns an empty object
      map.on('pointermove', onMouseMove);
  • Which informations do you want try to retrieve?
    – oterral
    Commented Mar 8, 2016 at 9:30
  • What about feature.getProperties()?
    – ahocevar
    Commented Mar 8, 2016 at 13:25
  • @oterral In my case, I have a layer of points, each point contains attribute information such as 'id', 'name', 'date' etc.
    – Bwyss
    Commented Mar 8, 2016 at 16:58
  • @ahocevar Yes, I tried feature.getProperties(), but it only returns: id: "test_observations_geometry" instead of all of the layers attributes. If I change the layer to a GeoJSON source, then it works correctly.
    – Bwyss
    Commented Mar 8, 2016 at 17:14

1 Answer 1


I issued this ticket on the 'Chubbs' git repo and got the solution!

"By default, only the id is returned to cut down on the size of the payload/tile coming from the server. I chose to only show id rather than show all properties. You can add in the properties you'd like to have returned by adding a 'fields' querystring parameter to the end of the vector tile request URL, and using a comma separated list of your field names."


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