I'm trying to zoom to the extent of several vector layers data.

I've tried to create a new OpenLayers.Bounds bounds and to add a 'loadend' for each OpenLayers.Layer.Vector to increase bounds, but then I don't know where to put map.zoomToExtent(bounds)... is there a way to run this after all the layers have been loaded?

I've tried https://gis.stackexchange.com/a/6297, but it did not work, as the vector layers were not created yet...

I've also tried https://gis.stackexchange.com/a/41588/16356, but it did not work either, as I have several layers.

EDIT: Here is how I fixed the issue, thanks to Vadim.

bounds = new OpenLayers.Bounds();
map = new OpenLayers.Map('map');

layers[1] = new OpenLayers.Layer.Vector("layer1", {
                eventListeners: {
                    'loadend': function (evt) {
                        if (LOADED_LAYERS == 3) {
layers[2] = ...;
layers[3] = ...;


This is not really a GIS question, but more of a basic logic/algorithm. Figure out a scheme to track that all of your layers are loaded and then run the map.zoomToExtent. It's a simple as that.

Do you know a list of layers that'll be added ahead of time (via code) or not (via some layer UI)? Do you know the names? or the number of layers?

Create an array and keep track of what has loaded (after every loadEnd fires). Go through the array, every time, and check "ok, did all my guys report in or is something still outstanding?". Once all layers are done, then zoom.

Or you can zoom to max extent Every single time a layer is added, but all you'll get is your map jumping around to bigger and bigger extent. .... Unless that's what you want.

  • OK, I'll try to find a way to check if all layers have been loaded after every loadend and post the result. Thanks :-) – gueux Mar 21 '13 at 10:39
  • In fact, that does not seem to be as simple: I've tried to print the number of layers of the map in each layer loadend event and that's always the same... I would need to find the number of loaded layers... – gueux Mar 21 '13 at 11:39
  • 1
    OK, I was trying to use OpenLayers.Map.getNumLayers which returned the number of layers, loaded or not... I've now set up a basic counter that is incremented at each layer loadend event. In each loadend event I also increase the size of an OpenLayers.Bounds named bounds. When the required number of layer is loaded, I then do a map.zoomToExtent(bounds). Thanks! – gueux Mar 21 '13 at 12:18

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