I've been trying to learn how to display my shapefiles as a layer on leaflet map then i came across calvinmetcalf github . Using his example i was able to display the councils.zip file as a shapefile layer on the map. But, trying to the do the same with my own shapefile produce no result as the shapefile refuse to load on the map. I couldn't see an error in the console either, so i am stuck on what i could be doing wrong. Here is the code below.

    var map = L.map('map',
        zoom: 10
    var shpfile = new L.Shapefile('lg_polygon2.zip', {
        onEachFeature: function(feature, layer) {
            if (feature.properties) {
                layer.bindPopup(Object.keys(feature.properties).map(function(k) {
                    return k + ": " + feature.properties[k];
                }).join("<br />"), {
                    maxHeight: 200
    shpfile.once("data:loaded", function() {
        console.log("finished loaded shapefile");
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    Can you confirm that your layer is in 4326 projection? Does it need to be in shapefile format? GeoJSON format is a bit more native/easier to handle for webmapping projects? – jbukoski Aug 3 '17 at 15:46
  • Check it's in WGS-84 (4326) and use QGIS to export it to a GeoJSON file. The biggest issue is usually a wrong projection. – Bill Chappell Aug 3 '17 at 15:53
  • @Bill Chappell I already tried my hands on geojson too. I'm new to this anyway. I even hosted the geojson file on github, included it in my script and nothing shows up. The file is in EPSG:4326 – julie95 Aug 3 '17 at 16:47
  • It could also be a directory path issue. You might try including the full path to the file in the L.Shapefile (or L.geoJSON if you are using a GeoJSON now). Something like L.geoJSON("/home/user/me/fullpath/file.geojson"). – jbukoski Aug 3 '17 at 17:02

Thanks for your time. I have been able to figure out the problem and it has been resolved. I discovered the shapefile was in .rar format while I was calling .zip in the code. I changed it from .rar to .zip and it now works.


As an option, put the GeoJSON file in the same folder as your html file. I often do this to avoid path issues. Here is a simple page using GeoJSON with the local GeoJSON file. http://www.gistechsolutions.com/leaflet/DEMO/Drink/Drink.html

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