I have a point object WKT. Like this: POINT (25.04568 48.221548). Also I have an icon in my project folder.

My goal is to show on a map an icon that represents a feature. Can it be just a normal OpenLayers feature (if yes, then how can I define that it should represent and icon) or do I need to create an OpenLayers marker (somehow create LonLat from WKT)?

  • I have tried to fix typos and grammar to make sense of the title and the question but I just could not understand your first parenthetical remark "if yes,...." Could you please edit it to make it meaningful? – whuber Jul 3 '13 at 19:47
  • edited, it is better? – Dmitri Jul 3 '13 at 19:50

If you want to change icons for all objects on map, you can change the style. For example:

testLayer = new OpenLayers.Layer.Vector("testLayer", {
      rendererOptions: { zIndexing: true },
      styleMap: new OpenLayers.StyleMap({
          "default": new OpenLayers.Style({
              externalGraphic: "../../pics/icon1.png",
              graphicYOffset:-34  ,
              graphicZIndex: 1
          "select": new OpenLayers.Style({
              externalGraphic: "../../pics/icon2.png",
              graphicZIndex: 1000

If you want to set icon for one object, you can use OpenLayers.Marker. But it is not recommended. For example:

        function addNewMarkers() {
        var position = map.getLonLatFromPixel(e.xy);
        var size = new OpenLayers.Size(21,25);

    var offset = new OpenLayers.Pixel(-(size.w/2), -size.h);
    var icon = new OpenLayers.Icon('OpenLayers-2.12/img/marker-gold.png', size, offset);

    var markersLayer = map.getLayer('Markers');
        var myTestMarker = new OpenLayers.Marker(position,icon);

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