I have a georeferenced image and I need to use it as a basemap map, instead of OpenStreetMap. is there a way to do it with simple leaflet?

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If the image is not too big, you can avoid the tiling step by simply using an L.imageOverlay:

Used to load and display a single image over specific bounds of the map.

Usage example:

var imageUrl = 'http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/historical/newark_nj_1922.jpg',
    imageBounds = [[40.712216, -74.22655], [40.773941, -74.12544]];

L.imageOverlay(imageUrl, imageBounds).addTo(map);

Demo: https://playground-leaflet.rhcloud.com/hijuh/1/edit?html,output

  • The demo example link doesn't work May 4 at 19:18

You can create tiles from the georefenced image with gdal2tiles:

gdal2tiles georeference_image.tif output_folder

See the linked documentation for more options.

Now you can include the output directly to your leaflet map:

attribution: 'Georeferenced Image', 

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