I am trying to build python-based (flask) application where multiple icons can be
placed on an openstreetmap by clicking on the various spots where I want an icon. I am trying to
achieve that using OpenLayers 4. Here is what I have tried:

var iconStyle = new ol.style.Style({
   image: new ol.style.Icon({
      size: [21, 25],
      offset: [0, 0],
    //  src: 'C:\flask_apps\click_coord\images\mark.png'
      src:'{{url_for('static', filename='mark.png')}}'

var map = new ol.Map({

   layers: [
      new ol.layer.Tile({
        source: new ol.source.OSM()
   target: 'map',
   view: new ol.View({
     center: [0, 0],
     zoom: 2

var vectorSource = new ol.source.Vector();

var source_name = 'iconSource';

var vectorLayer = new ol.layer.Vector({
   source: vectorSource,
   style: iconStyle

var layer_name = 'iconLayer';



map.on('click', function(evt) {
   var position = evt.coordinate;

   var mlayers = map.getLayers();
   var length = mlayers.getLength(), l;

   for (var i = 0; i < length; i++) {
      l = mlayers.item(i);

     if(layer_name ===l.get('name')) {

       var iconFeature = new ol.Feature({
         geometry: new ol.geom.Point(ol.proj.transform([position], 'EPSG:4326',     



       //   this.vectorLayer.redraw();
       //   this.vectorLayer.changed();
       //   this.vectorLayer.refresh({force:true});



I have checked using view page source that the framework is resolving the path to the icon image
properly. I had previously hard-coded the location of the icon image. Irrespective of what I try, nothing
happens when I click the map. I have tried refreshing the map (I may not be doing this properly), that
doesn't seem to work either.

Could someone point out what I am doing wrong?

I am using OpenLayers 4.2.0

  • Your code doesn't have any click event registered which add some marker or feature. Have you checked or tried map.on('click', )?
    – Chase Choi
    Jul 18, 2017 at 0:43

1 Answer 1


I found the issue. Actually you don't need to transform your point geometry from EPSG:4326 to EPSG:3857, since the map is already in EPSG:3857. As stated in the openlayers doc, the default projection of the map is always EPSG:3857.

So change your code as:

   var iconFeature = new ol.Feature({
      geometry: new ol.geom.Point(position)

I also remove the this before the vectorLayer.getSource().addFeature(iconFeature); because it refers to the evt.


I got also an error with vectorLayer.clear() which was not recognized, so I remove this line.

I tried this on Google Chrome 59.0.3071.11 with openlayers 3.8.2.

  • Thanks juminet...I had tried that previously before posting my question and tried it again after your suggestion and both times, the map wouldn't load. I would get a blank page. With the clear() function, reading the apidocs for different versions got me somewhat confused as to whether it was a vector layer method or a vector source method. From the apidocs for 4.2.0, it seems to be a vector source method and I have also tested the program as such and I am still having the same issue. Appreciate the effort. Jul 20, 2017 at 11:31
  • Strange that it doesn't work. I tried with the same code as yours, except the ol.style.Icon src. Don't you have any messages in the web console?
    – juminet
    Jul 20, 2017 at 11:56
  • SyntaxError: missing : after property id Jul 24, 2017 at 13:04
  • So is it OK now?
    – juminet
    Jul 24, 2017 at 13:15
  • Hello juminet. I get the following error when I check the console: SyntaxError: missing : after property id. When I checked the apidoc for 4.2.0, the ol.geom.Point constructor takes a ol.geom.GeometryLayout parameter in addition to coordinates. So my constructor looks like this: new ol.geom.Point(evt.coordinate,ol.geom.GeometryLayout.XY). However I still get the same error. When I use geometry: new ol.geom.Point(ol.proj.transform([position], 'EPSG:4326', 'EPSG:3857')), there are no errors in the console, but when I click the map, nothing happens. What broswer/version are you using? Jul 24, 2017 at 13:15

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