I have a leaflet map and a kml file. I load the kml file using the plugin: leaflet-omnivore. Now I want to access the <folder> <name>(which is "RegionName"). I need it because I want to link the kml with an other json file which also has RegionName as a properties.name. But when output the loaded kml file via console.log(myKML) I can only access the <name> below <placemark>

The code I load the kml with:

var myKML = omnivore.kml('KML/Testdaten_KML.kml', null, L.mapbox.featureLayer());

The kml file is structured like:

    <name>Form 1</name>

2 Answers 2


So this is one possible solution, it is a bit long but straightforward!

Step 1: Create a global variable ("kmlJSON") and load your KML via a JQUERY AJAX call (or vanilla JS, as you prefer):

var kmlJSON;
var url = 'KML/Testdaten_KML.kml'

    url: url,
    data: {},
    success: function(data){
    dataType: 'xml',
    error: function (request,status,error) {

Step 2: Enter this function ('xmlToJson') as is, taken from here:

function xmlToJson(xml) {

    // Create the return object
    var obj = {};

    if (xml.nodeType == 1) { // element
        // do attributes
        if (xml.attributes.length > 0) {
        obj["@attributes"] = {};
            for (var j = 0; j < xml.attributes.length; j++) {
                var attribute = xml.attributes.item(j);
                obj["@attributes"][attribute.nodeName] = attribute.nodeValue;
    } else if (xml.nodeType == 3) { // text
        obj = xml.nodeValue;

    // do children
    if (xml.hasChildNodes()) {
        for(var i = 0; i < xml.childNodes.length; i++) {
            var item = xml.childNodes.item(i);
            var nodeName = item.nodeName;
            if (typeof(obj[nodeName]) == "undefined") {
                obj[nodeName] = xmlToJson(item);
            } else {
                if (typeof(obj[nodeName].push) == "undefined") {
                    var old = obj[nodeName];
                    obj[nodeName] = [];
    return obj;

Step 3: You can then access the KML as a JSON. Normally, it should be:


but assuming the KML snippet you attached is the whole KML then it should just be:

  • hm, my var kmlJSON ends up beind "undefined"
    – obrob
    Feb 13, 2018 at 17:02
  • That most likely means the ajax call didn't succeed, is the relative path (var url) to your data ('KML\Testdaten_KML.kml) correct? Try an absolute path, see here: w3schools.com/html/html_filepaths.asp
    – 15Step
    Feb 13, 2018 at 18:03
  • yes, I was trying to access the var kmlJSON before the ajax call succeeded. Fixed it now and worked
    – obrob
    Feb 15, 2018 at 8:08

Interesting question!

My line of reasoning:

  1. omnivore.kml does two things

    • loads the kml file over http
    • parses the kml file and generates geoJSON
  2. omnivore does not extract the tag you want

  3. Therefore, what I would do is: 3.1 load the kml separately 3.2 parse the kml file manually to extract the data you need 3.3 use omnivore.kml.parse to parse the akctual kml

3.1 Should any web-developer be able to perform using some library

3.2 can be done using something like this

var xmlDoc = new DOMParser().parseFromString(xmlString, 'text/xml')
var name xmlDoc.getElementsByTagName('folder')[0].getElementsByTagName('name')[0].innerHTML;

3.3 is just a matter of using omnivore.kml.parse

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