I have a Leaflet slippy map with a GeoJSON layer loaded. I can click this layer manually and read attribute values from it. Now my question is:

How can I read attributes of said layer without selecting it? I'd like to do that by using my current location. I've managed to check if my location is within the GeoJSON layer with d3.js, but can't figure out how to select attributes of the respective feature. Which JavaScript client side framework could be used to face this problem?

code from d3.js console.log(d3.geoContains(jsondata[map.getCenter().lng,map.getCenter().lat])); returns boolean answer.

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    Have you read this tutorial? Jun 21, 2017 at 17:28
  • you mean that i should use onEachFeature() to check if map.getCenter() is lying within the respective feature? but I don't understand how to check for each feature instead of for the whole geojson
    – Revo
    Jun 22, 2017 at 5:57
  • No, but onEachFeature() should indicate a way! If you don't want to click or mouseover on each feature, you could emulate the user actions. See the answer below. Jun 23, 2017 at 9:24

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One possible approach could consist into firing some suitable events (e.g. mouseover, mouseout) when the center of the map stops changing (moveend) using a point-in-polygon logic (e.g. leaflet-pip or leaflet.cheaplayerat). For instance, considering the choropleth tutorial and using leaflet-pip, the following code should do the task:

map.on('moveend', function () { 
  var latlngPoint = map.getCenter();
  geojson.eachLayer(function(layer) {
    layer.fire('mouseout', {
      latlng: latlngPoint
  var results = leafletPip.pointInLayer(latlngPoint, geojson);
  results.forEach(function(layer) {
    layer.fire('mouseover', {
      latlng: latlngPoint

Here's the revisited Choropleth tutorial on Leaflet playground: http://playground-leaflet.rhcloud.com/sami/edit?html,output

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