I use openlayers 2.12

I use HTML5's geolocation API to get the coords and then I insert them in a layer as feature (point). After that, I zoom in , since the layer has no other feature.


geoloc is the name of the layer...

My problem is, how do I zoom-out automatically after the zoomToExtent?

Because the map zooms in too much and I can see just the point and very little details. It would be more user-friendly to zoom out a bit


  • Do you want to zoom out one zoomlevel? Or to a particular ZoomLevel? Commented Oct 16, 2013 at 2:36

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If you want to ZoomTo a specific ZoomLevel , you can use Map.zoomTo like this:

map.zoomTo(level); \\where level is an integer, indicating the zoom level

If you just want to Zoom out one level, you can use Map.zoomOut like this:


map.setCenter is useful, as it moves the map to the location as well as to a specified zoom level.

My code

function geolocate() {
    navigator.geolocation.getCurrentPosition(function (position) {
        var lonLat = new OpenLayers.LonLat(position.coords.longitude,
                new OpenLayers.Projection("EPSG:4326"), //transform from WGS 1984
                map.getProjectionObject() //to Spherical Mercator Projection
        markers.addMarker(new OpenLayers.Marker(lonLat)); //markers is a marker layer
        map.setCenter(lonLat, zoom); //lotlat is geolocation and zoom is the zoom level you want
        alert("your position is located");

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