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    A Cytoscape.js extension for integrating Leaflet.js (demo). The Cytoscape graph is displayed overtop a map, and the node positions are set automatically based on geographic coordinates.


    • Cytoscape.js 3.x, >= 3.2.0
    • Leaflet.js 1.x, >= 1.7.1
    • Leaflet providers 1.x, >= 1.12.0

    Usage instructions

    Note that, aside from the ordinary JS imports, you must include leaflet.css and cytoscape-leaf.css in order for the map to display properly.

    Download the library:

    • via npm: npm install cytoscape-leaf,
    • via direct download in the repository (probably from a tag).

    Import the library as appropriate for your project:

    ES import:

    import cytoscape from 'cytoscape';
    import leaflet from 'cytoscape-leaf';
    cytoscape.use( leaflet );

    CommonJS require:

    let cytoscape = require('cytoscape');
    let leaflet = require('cytoscape-leaf');
    cytoscape.use( leaflet ); // register extension


    require(['cytoscape', 'cytoscape-leaf'], function( cytoscape, leaflet ){
      leaflet( cytoscape ); // register extension

    Plain HTML/JS has the extension registered for you automatically, because no require() is needed.


    Node positions

    Because node positions should correspond to consistent geographic coordinates on the map, the position of each node is ignored in each element JSON object. Instead, the position is automatically set based on the lat and lng within the node's data, e.g.:

    const someNodeJson = {
      position: {}, // ignored
      data: { id: 'foo', lat: 43.662402, lng: -79.388910 }

    Node positions are automatically updated when the viewport is modified (i.e. via zoom and/or pan) to correspond to their specified geographic coordinates.

    If you want to use use custom fields for geographic coordinates, you can set options.latitude and options.longitude accordingly.

    Instance creation

    To create an instance of the extension, call cy.leaflet(options). The following options are supported:

    const options = {
      // the container in which the map should live, should be a sibling of the cytoscape container
      container: document.getElementById('cy-leaflet'),
      // the data field for latitude
      latitude: 'lat',
      // the data field for longitude
      longitude: 'lng'
    const leaf = cy.leaflet(options);

    The Leaflet map instance can be accessed via The ordinary Leaflet Map API may be used on the map instance. Additionally, the L static Leaflet API can be accessed via leaf.L -- though you may alternatively import L as normal.

    Interaction mode

    The graph map has an interaction mode. It can either be in pan mode or edit mode.

    When in pan mode, the user can zoom and pan about the map -- changing the viewport. In pan mode, graph elements are non-interactive. When the user manipulates the viewport in pan mode, the leaflet-viewport is applied to the elements. This can be used to create a peek feature: When the user is panning and zooming, the elements are faded out so that the user can see the street names underneath the elements.

    When in edit mode, the user is unable to zoom or pan -- the viewport is static. In edit mode, graph elements are interactive (e.g. edges can be clicked and nodes can be dragged). The mode is toggled for the user when he or she presses the control (CTRL) key.

    • leaf.enablePanMode() : Enables pan mode, disables edit mode
    • leaf.enableEditMode() : Enabled edit mode, disables pan mode


    • : Fit the map to the nodes
    • leaf.defaultTileLayer : The default tile layer (which can be removed via
    • leaf.destroy() : Destroys the map

    Build targets

    • npm run test : Run Mocha tests in ./test
    • npm run build : Build ./src/** into cytoscape-leaf.js
    • npm run watch : Automatically build on changes with live reloading (N.b. you must already have an HTTP server running)
    • npm run dev : Automatically build on changes with live reloading with webpack dev server
    • npm run lint : Run eslint on the source

    N.b. all builds use babel, so modern ES features can be used in the src.

    Publishing instructions

    This project is set up to automatically be published to npm and bower. To publish:

    1. Build the extension : npm run build:release
    2. Commit the build : git commit -am "Build for release"
    3. Bump the version number and tag: npm version major|minor|patch
    4. Push to origin: git push && git push --tags
    5. Publish to npm: npm publish .
    6. Make a new release for Zenodo.


    npm i cytoscape-leaf

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