I just used a leaflet. From the geoJSON demo page I saw if you want to include data you have to use

<script src="data/us-states.geojson"></script>

and if you open the files looks like

var ustates = {
"type": "FeatureCollection",

and if you want to call them use

var data = [ustates] ;

Is there another way to call the data? The geojson file that I have has no initial variable and looks like this:

"type": "FeatureCollection",

I have lots of data and I have to open 1 by 1 to add variable on geojson data so I mean can I just call the data like

var ustates = <?php include "data/us-states.geojson"; ?>
var data = [ustates];

3 Answers 3


We use this function in our project (credits go to Roberto MF):

function fetchJSON(url) {
  return fetch(url)
    .then(function(response) {
      return response.json();

It uses the Fetch API to download the file. You can simply use your path data/us-states.geojson as url. Example with your data:

var data = fetchJSON('data/us-states.geojson')
            .then(function(data) { return data })

Be aware that this doesn't work in Internet Explorer by default, but you can polyfill it by adding these lines to your HTML-<head>:

<script src="https://bowercdn.net/c/es6-promise-3.2.2/es6-promise.min.js" integrity="sha384-GF7IR8yT5028AbfHnSJSxX0Y1D+sicFNHXDyV1Hzcf4EISXdjP8uW0Q/0yFIHpTD" crossorigin="anonymous"></script>
<script src="https://bowercdn.net/c/fetch-1.0.0/fetch.js" integrity="sha384-j9GCh0V617Ks+uEOZnAhwzTOWu5lPIlPW3QYRSfEwXd+x7VqP1XHNLgj3AIX7Mo0" crossorigin="anonymous"></script>
  • I just saw that I had made a mistake. I added a second line to the Javascript (fetchJSON(...) returns a Promise so you have to wait for it with .then()) and another Polyfill. Commented Dec 20, 2018 at 8:22

I used JQuery to read a GeoJSON file. First need to add JQUery to the page, then I define the layer, add the data to the layer, and finally the map.

 <script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/2.2.0/jquery.min.js"></script>

var url = 'BaseBallFinal.json'; 
 //var bbTeam = L.geoJSON(null, {onEachFeature: forEachFeature, style: style});
  var bbTeam = L.geoJSON(null, {
        onEachFeature: forEachFeature, 
        pointToLayer: function (feature, latlng) {
            return L.circleMarker(latlng, geojsonMarkerOptions);

// Get GeoJSON data and create features.
$.getJSON(url, function(data) {


Here is my working example: http://www.gistechsolutions.com/leaflet/DEMO/Simple/indexMap1.html

And others: http://www.gistechsolutions.com/leaflet/DEMO/

  • There is a typo in your working example, the code line: var osm=...contributors'}); You may forget calling the addTo function.
    – Cloud Cho
    Commented Oct 19, 2019 at 5:36

Very similar to the previous answer we use XHR to get the file and load the data into Leaflet.

const xhr = new XMLHttpRequest();
xhr.open('GET', 'data/us-states.geojson');
xhr.setRequestHeader('Content-Type', 'application/json');
xhr.responseType = 'json';
xhr.onload = function() {
    if (xhr.status !== 200) return
  • let me test your code
    – AdityaDees
    Commented Dec 20, 2018 at 3:52

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