OpenLayers. Control

Controls affect the display or behavior of the map.  They allow everything from panning and zooming to displaying a scale indicator.  Controls by default are added to the map they are contained within however it is possible to add a control to an external div by passing the div in the options parameter.


The following example shows how to add many of the common controls to a map.

var map = new OpenLayers.Map('map', { controls: [] });

map.addControl(new OpenLayers.Control.PanZoomBar());
map.addControl(new OpenLayers.Control.MouseToolbar());
map.addControl(new OpenLayers.Control.LayerSwitcher({'ascending':false}));
map.addControl(new OpenLayers.Control.Permalink());
map.addControl(new OpenLayers.Control.Permalink('permalink'));
map.addControl(new OpenLayers.Control.MousePosition());
map.addControl(new OpenLayers.Control.OverviewMap());
map.addControl(new OpenLayers.Control.KeyboardDefaults());

The next code fragment is a quick example of how to intercept shift-mouse click to display the extent of the bounding box dragged out by the user.  Usually controls are not created in exactly this manner.  See the source for a more complete example:

var control = new OpenLayers.Control();
OpenLayers.Util.extend(control, {
    draw: function () {
        // this Handler.Box will intercept the shift-mousedown
        // before Control.MouseDefault gets to see it = new OpenLayers.Handler.Box( control,
            {"done": this.notice},
            {keyMask: OpenLayers.Handler.MOD_SHIFT});;

    notice: function (bounds) {
OpenLayers. ControlControls affect the display or behavior of the map.
eventListeners{Object} If set as an option at construction, the eventListeners object will be registered with <OpenLayers.Events.on>.
EVENT_TYPES{Array(String)} Supported application event types.
OpenLayers. ControlCreate an OpenLayers Control.



{Object} If set as an option at construction, the eventListeners object will be registered with <OpenLayers.Events.on>.  Object structure must be a listeners object as shown in the example for the events.on method.



{Array(String)} Supported application event types.  Register a listener for a particular event with the following syntax:, obj, listener);

Listeners will be called with a reference to an event object.  The properties of this event depends on exactly what happened.

All event objects have at least the following properties

  • object {Object} A reference to (a reference to the control).
  • element {DOMElement} A reference to (which will be null unless documented otherwise).

Supported map event types

  • activate Triggered when activated.
  • deactivate Triggered when deactivated.


OpenLayers. Control

Create an OpenLayers Control.  The options passed as a parameter directly extend the control.  For example passing the following:

var control = new OpenLayers.Control({div: myDiv});

Overrides the default div attribute value of null.