I have a Leaflet WMS Layer

layer = new L.tileLayer.wms('https://{s}.url.com/wms?', {
    layers: 'Workspace:Layer',
    format: 'image/png',
    version: '1.3.0',
    transparent: true,
    styles: 'style1',

If I choose 'style2', it works as expected, but I want to change it dynamically with a select box. I tried the following but it does not work:

<select id="styles">
    <option selected="selected" onselect="layer.styles='style1';">Style1</option>
    <option onselect="layer.styles='style2';">Style2</option>

I also tried with layer.options.styles=''

  • Does selecting the new style generate a new GetMap request?
    – nmtoken
    Sep 6, 2017 at 8:43
  • probably not ...
    – pLumo
    Sep 6, 2017 at 8:50
  • 1
    WMS style is applied on the server, not in the client, though...
    – nmtoken
    Sep 6, 2017 at 8:53
  • I know that ... But I can change the style with the GetMap request in the URL with "STYLE=[...]". So yes, there should be a new GetMap request when I change the Style, but how can I achieve that ?
    – pLumo
    Sep 6, 2017 at 9:07

2 Answers 2


I found a solution:

From Leaflet reference:

setParams: Merges an object with the new parameters and re-requests tiles on the current screen (unless noRedraw was set to true).

So the following works:

<select id="styles" onchange="layer.setParams({styles: this.value});">
    <option selected="selected"  value="style1">Style 1</option>
    <option value="style2">Style 2</option>
  • Thanks so much for posting this - finding it has just saved me a lot of time and hassle.
    – Jamie
    Dec 15, 2020 at 14:38
  • Can't find this method on Leaflet documentation. Is it deprecated?
    – smartmouse
    Feb 5 at 13:35

An alternative could be to handle it in the logic part of your application, instead of HTML side. You could use

Util.setOptions(<your_layer>, {})

Util comes from leaflet library; <your_layer> it the layer (in your case a WMS layer) you want to update; {} is the object that contains the properties you want to change.

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