Now, Please Meander

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    A LeafletJS plugin to use Google maps basemaps.




    Include the GMaps JS API in your HTML, plus Leaflet:

    <script src="" async defer></script>

    Include the GoogleMutant javascript file:

    <script src=""></script>

    Then, you can create an instance of L.GridLayer.GoogleMutant on your JS code:

    var roads = L.gridLayer
    		type: "roadmap", // valid values are 'roadmap', 'satellite', 'terrain' and 'hybrid'

    It's also possible to use custom styling by passing a value to the styles option, e.g.:

    var styled = L.gridLayer
    		type: "roadmap",
    		styles: [
    			{ elementType: "labels", stylers: [{ visibility: "off" }] },
    			{ featureType: "water", stylers: [{ color: "#444444" }] },

    Installing a local copy

    If you don't want to rely on a CDN to load GoogleMutant, you can:

    • Fetch it with NPM by running npm install --save leaflet.gridlayer.googlemutant.
    • Fetch it with Yarn by running yarn add leaflet.gridlayer.googlemutant.
    • We discourage using Bower but, if you must, bower install

    You can also download a static copy from the CDN, or clone this git repo.

    Known caveats

    • hybrid mode prunes tiles before needed for no apparent reason, so the map flickers when there is a zoom change.

    • Even though imagery exists at zoom levels up to 23, GoogleMutant caps the max zoom level at 21.

      This is to prevent scenarios where detecting imagery at those zooms levels is hard and creates problems (e.g. when zooming in/out close to a the boundary of such hi-res imagery).

      You can override this (at your own risk!) by using the maxZoom option with a value larger than 21.

    • GoogleMutant is meant to provide a reliable (and ToC-compliant) way of loading Google Map's tiles into Leaflet, nothing more.

      This means that route finding, geocoding, POI info, streetview, KML support, and in general anything that depends on calls to the Google Maps API are not implemented and are not a priority.


    Before GoogleMutant, it was already possible to display Google Maps in Leaflet, but unfortunately the state of the art was far from perfect:

    Before, an instance of the Google Maps JS API was displayed behind the Leaflet container, and synchronized as best as it could be done.

    Now, in order to provide the best Leaflet experience, GoogleMutant uses both DOM mutation observers and L.GridLayer from Leaflet 1.0.0. The basemap tiles are still requested through the Google maps JavaScript API, but they switch places to use Leaflet drag and zoom.


    "THE BEER-WARE LICENSE": wrote this file. As long as you retain this notice you can do whatever you want with this stuff. If we meet some day, and you think this stuff is worth it, you can buy me a beer in return.


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