I have a WMS layer and want use zoomToExtent after CQL filter. So I get the layer BBOX from the GeoServer WMS using a GetCapabilities request.

wms = new OpenLayers.Format.WMSCapabilities();
  success: function(e){
    var response = wms.read(e.responseText);
    var capability = response.capability;
    for (var i=0, len=capability.layers.length; i<len; i+=1) { 
      var layerObj = capability.layers[i]; 
      if (layerObj.name === 'filedata') { 

But zoomToExtent doesn't work with lon lat, so how to get the BBOX in meters?

My map showed in epsg900913.

  • The answer is the same as your previous question - Zooming the map after filter WMS doesn't work the way that you seem to think.
    – Ian Turton
    May 21, 2012 at 7:47
  • in last time im ask this question uncorrectly. But today i see project when its worc fine.
    – Kliver Max
    May 21, 2012 at 8:18

1 Answer 1


you should use transform method for getting your result in meters.

OpenLayers.Projection.transform = function( point,
    dest    )

Transform a point coordinate from one projection to another. Note that the input point is transformed in place.


point {{OpenLayers.Geometry.Point> | Object} An object with x and y properties
representing coordinates in those dimensions.

sourceProj {OpenLayers.Projection} Source map coordinate system

destProj {OpenLayers.Projection} Destination map coordinate system

Example :

    var lonlat = new OpenLayers.LonLat(-3.57138, 39.8384);
    lonlat.transform(map.displayProjection, map.baseLayer.projection);
    map.setCenter(lonlat, 5);

i hope it helps you...

  • Strange thing. i get correct bbox in lon lat. After transform i get meters bbox its correct too. But when use zoomToExtent nothing heppens. Im add Controls.MousePosition and mouse show that my map out of extent which i get. Whats wrong?
    – Kliver Max
    May 21, 2012 at 8:16
  • And another question if i have only polygons im must use setCenter()?
    – Kliver Max
    May 21, 2012 at 8:21
  • try to get bobunding box center lon-lat. example: map.getExtent().getCenterLonLat()...then set it to center...
    – urcm
    May 21, 2012 at 8:30
  • transform(projection,displayProjection) dont working. Try convert lonlat in meters but its not heppening.
    – Kliver Max
    May 21, 2012 at 10:03
  • can you share your error you have met? in normal situation it works very well
    – urcm
    May 21, 2012 at 10:21

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