I have been trying this for a while but I cannot manage to draw a circle on a vector layer although my polygons are being created without any problems.

this.pj_epsg_900913 = new OpenLayers.Projection("EPSG:900913");
this.pj_epsg_4326 = new OpenLayers.Projection("EPSG:4326");

var bounds = new OpenLayers.Bounds(
        -13080498.908163622, 3833552.5668887002,
        -12978234.962928545, 3956763.6368140383

this.map = new OpenLayers.Map(canvas, {
    controls : [ new OpenLayers.Control.LayerSwitcher(), 
                 new OpenLayers.Control.Navigation(), 
                 new OpenLayers.Control.ZoomPanel()],
    maxExtent : bounds,
    maxResolution : 481.2932418958517,//156543.0399,
    numZoomLevels : 19,
    units : 'm',
    projection : this.pj_epsg_900913,
    displayProjection : this.pj_epsg_4326

this.osmLayer = new OpenLayers.Layer.OSM("OSM", null, {
    "tileOptions": {
        "crossOriginKeyword": null


this.markersLayer = new OpenLayers.Layer.Vector("Markers", {
    styleMap : style_basic

this.geometryLayer = new OpenLayers.Layer.Vector("Geometry");

Now so far so good. I then draw my polygon here and it works. I see my polygons I add to the geometryLayer. But when I try to add a Circle I can't see any.

{ "radius":"8.27781404016073", "centroid":"(-118.57075649707252,34.26082074825019)" }

var circle = OpenLayers.Geometry.Polygon.createRegularPolygon(
                new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(lonlat_[0].substring(1), lonlat_[1].substring(1)).transform(this.pj_epsg_4326,this.pj_epsg_900913),

        var circleFeature = new OpenLayers.Feature.Vector(circle);
var layer = this.map.getLayersByName('Geometry')[0];
// cleanup features first
layer.addFeatures(polygonFeatures, circleFeatures);

So, the polygons are added but not the Circles. I double checked if the lat long is empty etc but its all there - only there is no shape drawn on the map.

What am I doing wrong? Anyone?

  • A circle is not a polygon. Try to find a draw circle function
    – Brad Nesom
    Feb 1, 2014 at 20:01
  • As per the openlayer's API doc : OpenLayers.Geometry.Polygon.createRegularPolygon = function(origin, radius, sides, rotation) sides - 20 approximates a circle. But nothing is drawn :(
    – Qedrix
    Feb 3, 2014 at 19:22

1 Answer 1


I copied your code in the following jsfiddle and after some adjustment, it worked:


I suspect that your circle is rendered, but with the wrong radius. You are using a radius of 8.27781404016073. Your map projection is in meter which means you are rendering a 8 meter circle. You will only see it if you zoom in a lot. Try changing it to radius * 1000 to have it in kilometer.

Now to convert your radius from degree to meters, refer to the formula here: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/4102520/how-to-transform-a-distance-from-degrees-to-metres

Or simply do

radius * OpenLayers.INCHES_PER_UNIT['degrees'] / OpenLayers.INCHES_PER_UNIT['m']

If that's not the problem, you probably have a typo somewhere since you are using the right approach. Refer to my example.

  • Thank you Julien - I worked on it last night and it finally worked for me after I multiplied the radius value with 1000. So, yes you are correct :) Thank you. But, I also observed that when I try to add the circleFeature into an array first and then add the array to a vector layer which is already attached to the map, it doesn't show the circle. But when I try to add the circleFeature one at a time to the layer, it works. Quite strange. :)
    – Qedrix
    Feb 4, 2014 at 7:33

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