Hslayers-ng mapping library

Hslayers-ng is a library which extends OpenLayers 3 functionality by providing a foundation to build map GUI and extra components such as layer manager, permalink generating, styling of vector features, including OpenGISĀ® Web Map Service Interface Standard (WMS) layers to the map in a user friendly way etc.

Check out the examples to get an idea:

Getting Started

npm install hslayers-ng

Configure the application

Copy the application configuration (template) files to the actual files.

cp node_modules/hslayers-ng/app.js.template app.js
cp node_modules/hslayers-ng/hslayers.js.template hslayers.js

hslayers.js file contains the paths for the different modules and is the starting point of the js application. Inside it set the hsl_path variable on top of the file to your hslayers-ng directory.

var hsl_path = 'node_modules/hslayers-ng/';

The path should be relative to your www root or the html file where you load hslayers.js file.

app.js file is where you specify which hslayers modules will be loaded for your speciffic application, which map layers will be displayed and other configuration parameters. You can also write some startup code here to load some map service or open some initial panels etc.

Include in your html file, where the map should appear. Check the paths to the js files.

<div hs ng-app="hs" ng-controller="Main" style="position: relative;"></div>
<script src="node_modules/jquery/dist/jquery.min.js"></script>
<script src="node_modules/requirejs/require.js"></script>    
<script src="hslayers.js"></script> 

Some example html files are provided in the examples directory. The template app.js uses some png files for layer groups which are also included in the examples/full directory.

Every application needs an app.js file (it can be named differently or be server generated) whose location is specified in hslayers.js file. A truncated example app.js with explanations is provided below:

define([ /* List of js files to be loaded. They are both hslayers and third-party components and the pathes are specified in hslayers.js and Core.js files */
    /* The order of function parameters must match the array of file names above */
    function(ol) {
        var module = angular.module('hs', [
            //**  List of Hslayers components
        /* Here goes code to modify the UI for extra functionality */
            'hs', [
                '', 'Core',
                function(OlMap, Core) {
                    return {
                        /* A different layout of the application can be achieved by changing the main template*/
                        templateUrl: hsl_path + 'hslayers.html',
                        link: function(scope, element) {
        /* Here goes configuration of layers, viewport and HsLayers components */
        module.value('config', {
            /* Here goes layer definitions which can be ordinary OL layers with extra parameters which are interpreted by HsLayers or some special layer types which are unique to HsLayers */
            default_layers: [
                new ol.layer.Tile({
                    source: new ol.source.OSM(),
                    title: "Base layer",
                    base: true,
                    path: 'Roads/Additional Cycling routes'
            default_view: new ol.View({
                center: ol.proj.transform([6.1319, 49.6116], 'EPSG:4326', 'EPSG:3857'), //Latitude longitude    to Spherical Mercator
                zoom: 13,
                units: "m"
        /* The main code which does extra things apart from HsLayers componets is locatet in the controller function below*/
        module.controller('Main', ['$scope', 'Core', '$compile', '', 'hs.compositions.service_parser', '$timeout',
            /* The order of function parameters must match the array of component names above */
            function($scope, Core, $compile, hsmap, composition_parser, $timeout) {
                $scope.hsl_path = hsl_path; //Get this from hslayers.js file
                /* Core component is responsible for bootstrapping the application and managing top level interface such as panels and toolbar */
                $scope.Core = Core;
                /* We can listen to event emited by components such as layer manager and hide a layer which was added by code or by user for example*/
                $scope.$on('layermanager.updated', function(data, layer) {
                    if (layer.get('base') != true && layer.get('always_visible') != true) {
                /* To hide certain panels even if they are loaded as a dependency to other component use panelEnabled function */
                Core.panelEnabled('compositions', false);
                Core.panelEnabled('permalink', false);
        return module;


For providing proxy functionality we use a simple cgi script, which you have to copy from lib/hsproxy.cgi to your cgi-bin directory. It might be located in /usr/lib/ if you use Apache.

cp lib/hsproxy.cgi /usr/lib/cgi-bin/hsproxy.cgi

To enable cgi on ubuntu, use

sudo a2enmod cgi
sudo service apache2 restart

Run the Application

If you dont plan to develop hslayers-ng, dont want to run tests and and server files through npm managed http server, then you can skip all the following npm related steps.

We have preconfigured the project with a simple development web server, but you can always use a different web server.
The simplest way to start this server is:

npm start

Now browse to the app at http://localhost:8000/.


There are two kinds of tests in the hslayers-ng: Unit tests and End to End tests.

Running Unit Tests

The hslayers-ng app comes preconfigured with unit tests. These are written in [Jasmine][jasmine], which we run with the [Karma Test Runner][karma]. We provide a Karma configuration file to run them.

  • the configuration is found at test/karma.conf.js
  • the unit tests are found in test/unit/.

The easiest way to run the unit tests is to use the supplied npm script:

npm test

This script will start the Karma test runner to execute the unit tests. Moreover, Karma will sit and watch the source and test files for changes and then re-run the tests whenever any of them change. This is the recommended strategy; if your unit tests are being run every time you save a file then you receive instant feedback on any changes that break the expected code functionality.

You can also ask Karma to do a single run of the tests and then exit. This is useful if you want to check that a particular version of the code is operating as expected. The project contains a predefined script to do this:

npm run test-single-run

End to end testing

The hslayers-ng app comes with end-to-end tests, again written in [Jasmine][jasmine]. These tests are run with the [Protractor][protractor] End-to-End test runner. It uses native events and has special features for Angular applications.

  • the configuration is found at test/protractor-conf.js
  • the end-to-end tests are found in test/e2e/

Protractor simulates interaction with our web app and verifies that the application responds correctly. Therefore, our web server needs to be serving up the application, so that Protractor can interact with it.

npm start

In addition, since Protractor is built upon WebDriver we need to install this. The hslayers-ng project comes with a predefined script to do this:

npm run update-webdriver

This will download and install the latest version of the stand-alone WebDriver tool.

Once you have ensured that the development web server hosting our application is up and running and WebDriver is updated, you can run the end-to-end tests using the supplied npm script:

npm run protractor

This script will execute the end-to-end tests against the application being hosted on the development server.



grunt nggettext_extract

from terminal to generate po file template in /po/template.po and for each example eg. examples/pilsen_traffic/template.pot . Rename it to *.po, translate, generate mo file and compile it. If you are using specific translations for your app or example merge the global po file into the specific one with msgcat before compiling. Compiling is done with

grunt nggettext_compile

It will generate components/translations/js/translations.js or examples/pilsen_traffic/translations.js files.

translations.js which contains the strings and also translating functionality is loaded by default like any other angular module from components/translations/js/translations.js in Core module. To have it use your own generated translations.js file override the path in hslayers.js file:

translations: hsl_path + 'examples/pilsen_traffic/translations' 

Updating Angular

You can update the dependencies by running:

npm update