I'm following an OpenLayers tutorial and already there is something wrong after trying to represent a simple map.

I will show you the code I copied from the tutorial and when opening my HTML file with Firefox, it should show me a OSM map. However it doesn't do anything. I have tried to write "Test" into my html, and that worked, thus I guess the problem lies somewhere else.

That's the HTML code:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
    <meta charset="UTF-8">
    <meta name = "viewport" content = "width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="./lib/OpenLayers/ol.css">
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="./style.css">
    <div id="js-map" class="map"> </div>
    <script src='./lib/OpenLayers/ol.js'> </script>
    <script src='./Main.js'> </script>

That's the js code:

    window.onload = init;

    function init(){
        const map = new ol.Map({
        view: new ol.View({
            center: [8.25, 49.97],
            zoom: 11.1,
            maxZoom: 15,
            minZoom: 5
        layers: [
            new ol.layer.Tile({
                source: new ol.source.OSM()
        target: 'js-map'

I guess, there is a typo somewhere but I just can't see it.

Another possible problem is that I'm using Ubuntu. Perhaps it has something to do with that?

Here is also a screenshot from the project folder:

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    Which version of OpenLayers is ./lib/OpenLayers/ol.js and what is in ./style.css? If it is version 6 the map div must be sized by in the css similar to openlayers.org/en/latest/doc/quickstart.html
    – Mike
    Commented Jan 10, 2020 at 17:53
  • ol.js is version 6.1.1. I just downloaded the file from openlayers.org/download There is nothing yet in style.css.
    – DGIS
    Commented Jan 10, 2020 at 21:02
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    If it is version 6 you will need to set height and width for your .map class
    – Mike
    Commented Jan 10, 2020 at 21:16
  • sorry I don't get it yet. When I check the docs openlayers.org/en/latest/apidoc/module-ol_Map-Map.html , there are height or width types. I also checked the types for the view object I can't adjust height and width. Or are you talking about the div box in the html file?
    – DGIS
    Commented Jan 10, 2020 at 21:59
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    It's a css setting as in openlayers.org/en/latest/doc/quickstart.html
    – Mike
    Commented Jan 10, 2020 at 23:10

1 Answer 1


In OpenLayers 6 the map div must have a size, such as

  .map {
    height: 400px;
    width: 100%;

in the quick start example https://openlayers.org/en/latest/doc/quickstart.html

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