Ok, since I already asked a very long question about this, but since it didn't get any new replies for a while, and not to get confused in details, I will keep this one simple the best way I can.

If I'm not mistaken, a setStyle function for a named, particular feature would be as follows:

var bounds = [[54.559322, -5.767822], [56.1210604, -3.021240]];
var rect = L.rectangle(bounds, {color: "#ff7800", weight: 1}).addTo(map);

rect.setStyle({color: "#4B1BDE"});

...which would change the color from orange to blue. I'm also aware of the resetStyle() function that will revert the style to the original.

This is how I style my GeoJSON:

var everything = L.geoJson(myfile, {
    onEachFeature: function(feature){
    style: function(feature){
            case "belgium": return belgium_style; break;
            case "bosnia": return bosnia_style; break;
            case "denmark": return denmark_style; break;
            case "great_britain": return britain_style; break;
            case "greece": return greece_style; break;
            case "italy": return italy_style; break;
            case "serbia": return serbia_style; break;
            case "spain": return spain_style; break;


What I want to do is to make just one country blue and the others gray, later in the code. It's a two-step thing, to paint all countries to gray, and then make one blue.

The first thing is, I need such a loop that would iterate over each feature and setStyle() for all countries to gray. Does it work if I just everything.setStyle({color: "#4B1BDE"}) or something?

The second thing is, (that's giving me sleepless nights) how do I select just one feature out of a group of GeoJSON polygons to work with? Just the country that I need to paint to blue.

If it was a matter of mouse hovering, I could place an event listener as are done in Leaflet tutorials. But regardless of user interaction, I want to set and reset the style by calling it with its name, as I did with the rectangle above.

  • 1
    Thank you for pointing out leaflet's setStyle() function. – berto Aug 19 '15 at 14:29

This works without needing to remove the layer and recreate a new one as described above:

geojson_layer.eachLayer(function (layer) {  
  if(layer.feature.properties.NAME == 'feature 1') {    
    layer.setStyle({fillColor :'blue'}) 

It seems to be quite a bit more efficient than removing and recreating the geoJson layer. From the docs, a GeoJSON layer extends FeatureGroup which in turn extends LayerGroup.
Additionally, it seems that each geoJson feature has its own layer in the FeatureGroup!

  • How do I trigger this method when I want to change the style dynamically? – Karussell Jan 7 '16 at 16:33
  • 3
    I think is equivalent to geojson_layer.setStyle(function...) – PeterVermont Aug 9 '16 at 21:30
  • one problem here if you change the layers ie add child layers, they will be created from the original style in the options, not what you set it to – MikeT Feb 22 '18 at 13:16

I have written down a small code to style specific geojson feature using leaflet. you can try it on JSFiddle (Original, non-functional), Functional JSFiddle 2018-02-17, or use the following code test locally.

For this example i am using us-states.json files but it can be used for any geojson file.

I hope it will help.

Here is the code:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<title>Leaflet Coloring Geojson Features</title>
<meta charset="utf-8" />
<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
<link rel="stylesheet" href="http://leafletjs.com/dist/leaflet.css" />
<!--[if lte IE 8]><link rel="stylesheet" href="../dist/leaflet.ie.css" /><![endif]-->
#map {
    width: 800px;
    height: 500px;
.info {
    padding: 6px 8px;
    font: 14px/16px Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
    background: white;
    background: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.8);
    box-shadow: 0 0 15px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2);
    border-radius: 5px;
.info h4 {
    margin: 0 0 5px;
    color: #777;
.legend {
    text-align: left;
    line-height: 18px;
    color: #555;
.legend i {
    width: 18px;
    height: 18px;
    float: left;
    margin-right: 8px;
    opacity: 0.7;
<div id="map"></div>
<script src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.9.1.min.js"></script> 
<script src="http://leafletjs.com/dist/leaflet.js"></script> 
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://leafletjs.com/examples/us-states.js"></script> 
<script type="text/javascript">
    $(document).ready(function () {
        $("#btn").on('click', function () {
            var stateName = $('#statename').val();
    var map, geojson, sn;

    function init_map() {
        map = L.map('map').setView([37.8, -96], 4);
        L.tileLayer('http://{s}.tile.cloudmade.com/{key}/22677/256/{z}/{x}/{y}.png', {
            attribution: 'Map data &copy; 2011 OpenStreetMap contributors, Imagery &copy; 2012 CloudMade',
            key: 'BC9A493B41014CAABB98F0471D759707'
        geojson = L.geoJson(statesData, {
            style: style
            //onEachFeature: onEachFeature,

    function init_geojson(n) {
        if (n != "") {
            sn = n;
            geojson = L.geoJson(statesData, {
                style: style

    function style(feature) {
        if (sn == feature.properties.name) {
            return {
                weight: 2,
                opacity: 1,
                color: 'white',
                dashArray: '3',
                fillOpacity: 0.3,
                fillColor: '#ff0000'
        } else {
            return {
                weight: 2,
                opacity: 1,
                color: 'white',
                dashArray: '3',
                fillOpacity: 0.3,
                fillColor: '#666666'
<input type="text" id="statename" value="Alaska">
<input type="button" id="btn" value="Set Color"/>
  • 2
    So, it was all about making a style(feature) function checking over the feature.properties.name value. Thanks! – Doruk Karınca Oct 29 '13 at 10:29
  • @DorukKarınca Yes :) – Farhat Abbas Oct 29 '13 at 10:36
  • Awesome! This is exactly what I was searching for! – joosthoek Nov 8 '15 at 12:09

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