A binary shapefile loader, for javascript. Not many caveats


Redoing all of this in modern JS. Promises, Typed Arrays, other hipster things, I wouldn't say it's based on RandomEtc's version as much as inspired by it as there is 0 code shared and I really only read the binary ajax part of his (hence why my function has the same name, they are otherwise not related). My sources were:



Has a function shp which accepts a string which is the path the she shapefile minus the extension and returns a promise which resolves into geojson.

    //for the shapefiles in the folder called 'files' with the name pandr.shp 
        //do something with your geojson 

or you can call it on a .zip file which contains the shapefile

    //for the shapefiles in the files folder called pandr.shp 
        //see bellow for whats here this internally call shp.parseZip() 

or if you got the zip some other way (like the file api) then with the arrayBuffer you can call

shp.parseZip(buffer)->returns zip

If there is only one shp in the zipefile it returns geojson, if there are multiple then it will be an array. All of the geojson objects have an extra key fileName the value of which is the name of the shapefile minus the extension (I.E. the part of the name that's the same for all of them)

You could also load the arraybuffers seperately:

shp.combine([shp.parseShp(shpBuffer, /*optional prj str*/),shp.parseDbf(dbfBuffer)]);

##Stick it in a worker

I used my library catiline to parallelize the demos to do so I changed

<script src='dist/shp.js'> </script> 
        //do stuff with data 


<script src='website/catiline.js'> </script> 
    var worker = cw(function(base,cb){
    //worker can be called multiple times'files/')).then(function(data){
        //do stuff with data 

to send the worker a buffer from the file api you'd do (I'm omitting where you include the catiline script)

var worker = cw(function(data){
    return shp.parseZip(data);
    //do stuff with data 


  • Binary Ajax
  • parsing the shp
  • parse the dbf
  • join em
  • zip
  • file api
  • Some Projections
  • More Projections

##to do

  • check for geometry validity.
  • Tests

##LICENSE Main library MIT license, original version was less permissive but there is 0 code shared. Included libraries are under their respective lisenses which are: