I want to filter a country border feature by countryname from GAUL_0 dataset.

When i change CountryName to "Turkey", this code works and draw Country border on the map.

But when i changed is for an undefined country, like below example, it does not print an error message.

How can i control or handle empty filter results?

var CountryName = "1Turkey"
var Gaul_0 = ee.FeatureCollection("FAO/GAUL/2015/level0")
var filtered0 = Gaul_0.filter(ee.Filter(ee.Filter.eq('ADM0_NAME',CountryName)))

print (filtered0)

if (filtered0!==null ) {

1 Answer 1


If you want to handle it on the client side, you only have to replace

if (filtered0!==null ) {


if (filtered0.size().getInfo() > 0 ) {

But sooner or later you'll need to handle it on the server side. Then, you'll need to use the function ee.Algorithms.If on the size of the filtered collection.

var result = ee.Algorithms.If(filtered.size(), true, false)

Don't forget to cast the result. For example:

var result = ee.String(ee.Algorithms.If(filtered.size(), 'true', 'false'))

I leave you here a working example: https://code.earthengine.google.com/ce0a9912f58afafb8b449636240464e0

  • Thank you very much, Rodrigo... Could you please take a look this question? gis.stackexchange.com/questions/402355/… Commented Jun 30, 2021 at 12:23
  • Any idea why ee.Algorithms.If(filtered.size()) seems to work but ee.Algorithms.If(filtered.size()>0) does not? Commented Feb 11, 2022 at 20:02
  • filtered.size() is computed on the server side, and the conditional >0 is checked on the client side. I think that is the problem. Commented Feb 13, 2022 at 18:21

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