I'm using Leaflet combined with GeoJSON features. Is there a way to label GeoJSON features (in this case - polygons)? It should get labels from


This is my code where I think I could insert label:

function style(feature) {
            return {
                weight: 2,
                opacity: 1,
                color: 'white',
                dashArray: '3',
                fillOpacity: 0.7,
                fillColor: getColor(feature.properties.coloring)
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    Would you mind posting the solution you used to label the polygon, if still at hand? – a1an Sep 7 '15 at 13:18

You need to know the format leaflet expects to use. RFM. Example: OpenLayers expects this GeoJSON format to create a point and give some custom attributes:


As you can see, I've created a Geometry (Point) and join my attributes to it. When I send this to OpenLayers, the result will fit in @Aragon's example, using "color" and "name" (as label) to customize the point in map.

Please copy and paste this GeoJSON example in http://json.parser.online.fr/ or use the site to try and validate your own.

  • Wasn't the question about polygons? How did an answer about Point geometry solved the question? – a1an Sep 1 '15 at 9:13
  • And what is a polygon? You'll name as same. The only thing that will change is the "geometry" part. Not only solved the question but received 5 ups until now. – Magno C Sep 1 '15 at 17:20
  • Let me rephrase then: I have the same question and placing a label on a polygon is quite different than placing it at a point, so polygon means to me a two dimensional closed object with several edges, in this context. That's why I have interest in getting some details, hence my first comment. An "it did solve it" answer is not so helpful then but thanks anyway :-) – a1an Sep 3 '15 at 8:04
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    Just add the "properties" stuff and all will be fine. See @Aragon answer return feature.properties.color; As you can see, propertiesis a feature attribute and have color as one of its attributes. You can put anything you want into this object following this way. – Magno C Sep 3 '15 at 17:15
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    RFM is totally uncalled for. And the difference between a point and a polygon is significant, since knowing which geometry to use is exactly the issue here – Stephen Lead Oct 25 '17 at 22:55

Here's how I solved it with Leaflet Polygons and Labels, so that you get a floating label on the polygon with its name property.


  • you get the json response parsed into the variable json
  • there are only simple polygons with no holes in json
  • polygon_style holds style options returned by your style function
  • labels_layer is a leaflet Layergroup (or directly your map)


for ( var i=0; i < json.features.length; i++ ) {
    feat = json.features[i];
    coords = [];
    for ( var j = 0 ; j < feat.geometry.coordinates[0].length - 1; j++ ) {
        coord = feat.geometry.coordinates[0][j];
        point = [];
        point.push( coord[1], coord[0]);
        coords.push( point );
    labels_layer.addLayer(L.polygon( coords, polygon_style ).bindLabel(feat.properties.name))  ;

Remarkably oddly enough, GeoJson (actually EPSG:4326) and Leaflet coordinates are swapped in order.

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    For those using Leaflet 1.0+, the L.Label has been moved into Leaflet core as L.Tooltip and the plugin has been deprecated. You'd use bindTooltip() instead of bindLabel(). github.com/Leaflet/Leaflet.label – aethergy May 31 '18 at 19:55

i think this question is about openlayers.if so, you can use for labelling;

var style = new OpenLayers.Style({
    weight: 2,
    opacity: 1,
    color: 'white',
    dashArray: '3',
    fillOpacity: 0.7,
    fillColor: "${getColor}",  
    label: "${getLabel}"
  } , {
    context: {
      getColor: function(feature) {
        return feature.properties.color;
      getLabel: function(feature) {
        return feature.properties.name;

i hope it helps you...

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    It isn't OpenLayers. I'm using Leaflet combined with GeoJSON features. So this doesn't work. But thank you for trying. – againstflow Dec 4 '12 at 13:42
  • Why you do not fillColor: "${color}" instead of creating a function? – Magno C Dec 4 '12 at 14:29
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    @Magno C there is no difference between your point.both of them are the same. i have written this for if you want to add more complicated function as random color or anything else. still thank you for your point. – Aragon Dec 4 '12 at 14:38
  • Understood Aragon. Thanks for the new method. May be useful in future. Thumbs UP ! – Magno C Dec 4 '12 at 14:45
  • I think there is no way @againstflow run out from the format I've show, since there is a specification ruling GeoJSON here : link – Magno C Dec 4 '12 at 15:03

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