Using OpenLayers 4. I can get the list of drawn features by calling getFeatures(), but calling getId() on each feature returns "undefined". Here is a screenshot from console with the list of drawn features.

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As far as I see "c" is the "id" which is returned by getId() and is "undefined" for all drawn features by default. So do drawn features have some automatically generated unique ids? The "xp" value seems to be the one. how can I get it then?

  • Possible duplicate of stackoverflow.com/questions/34547408/…
    – JGH
    Commented May 2, 2018 at 1:19
  • 1
    You can use ol-debug.js to get meaningful variable names
    – JGH
    Commented May 2, 2018 at 1:20
  • Thanks for the hint @JGH. The variable is called ol_uid. Is it possible to get its value somehow?
    – yaugenka
    Commented May 2, 2018 at 18:21

2 Answers 2


You can get the variable content of a given feature, such as xp using


For instance, to label each feature using its xp value, modify the example with

var vectorLayer = new ol.layer.Vector({
  source: new ol.source.Vector({
    url: 'https://openlayers.org/en/v4.6.5/examples/data/geojson/countries.geojson',
    format: new ol.format.GeoJSON()
  style: function(feature) {
    return style;

However since it is an internal variable name, there is no guarantee that it remains the same between versions. Similarly, there is no guarantee that a given feature keeps the same ID all the time. It is therefore dangerous to rely on this information, and even if it works today, it will eventually blow up one day.

As identified in the two related/duplicate answers and in @ThomasG77 answer, in order to use a reliable ID, you would need to manually set the ID when loading the data.

  • Thanks, JGH. It works. Do you happen to known if the "xp" variable name can get changed, e.g. at each OpenLayers release or is it safe to use it?
    – yaugenka
    Commented May 3, 2018 at 20:42
  • Unsafe: it related to the build system & it will change along time
    – ThomasG77
    Commented May 4, 2018 at 2:16
  • @yaugenka see edited answer
    – JGH
    Commented May 4, 2018 at 12:55

So do drawn features have some automatically generated unique ids?

Features have generated id you can get with feature.getRevision() This id is mainly useful to manage when editing a vector layer otherwise don't use them as a primary key as they can change.

If you need a stable id for each feature, you have to set the id yourself using the recipe already described at this related question "OpenLayers 3: Access feature by ID"

  • It is a different variable, not the internal uid.
    – JGH
    Commented May 3, 2018 at 12:33

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