var point = new Point(-49.9, 39.3)
var symbol = new PictureMarkerSymbol('http://www.prww-weather.com/hurricane/icons/post-tropical-cyclone.png', 50, 50)
var graphic = new Graphic(point, symbol);
map.on("load", map.graphics.add(graphic));

These four lines of code use the ArcGIS API for JavaScript to add a point to the map. However, for some reason, the code doesn't work and I get this error in the console:

Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read property 'add' of null

Can anyone tell me why this is occurring and how to fix it?


Heer The map is not yet loaded , it will throw this error, because there is no graphics property yet ,

also your code is wrong : you have to surround your code inside the call back function as below :

map.on("load", function() {

Adding Fiddle

  • When I use the code you've provided, the error isn't thrown anymore, but the point still doesn't show up on the map – Connor C Jun 17 '17 at 21:00
  • it depend on the projection system , and spatial ref , it could be added , just show , console.log(map.graphics); adn see if it was added corectly – Spring Jun 17 '17 at 23:14
  • just done a test ; seems work perfct !!! here is a fiddle – Spring Jun 18 '17 at 11:05
  • The fiddle works fine, but if I change the basemap to dark-gray, the map doesn't work anymore. Why does it do that? Is it just a bug with that basemap? – Connor C Jun 18 '17 at 18:05
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    The "terrain" and "dark-gray" options were added at v3.12. ~ developers.arcgis.com/javascript/3/jsapi/… – Bjorn Svensson Jun 20 '17 at 19:00

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