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The Editable GeoJSON layer accepts a GeoJSON FeatureCollection and renders the features as editable polygons, lines, and points.

import DeckGL from '';
import { EditableGeoJsonLayer, DrawPolygonMode } from '';

const myFeatureCollection = {
  type: 'FeatureCollection',
  features: [
    /* insert features here */

const selectedFeatureIndexes = [];

class App extends React.Component {
  state = {
    data: myFeatureCollection

  render() {
    const layer = new EditableGeoJsonLayer({
      id: 'geojson-layer',
      mode: DrawPolygonMode,

      onEdit: ({ updatedData }) => {
          data: updatedData,

    return <DeckGL {...this.props.viewport} layers={[layer]} />;


Inherits all's Base Layer properties.

data (Object, optional)

  • Default: null

A GeoJSON FeatureCollection object. The following types of geometry are supported:

  • Point
  • LineString
  • Polygon
  • MultiPoint
  • MultiLineString
  • MultiPolygon
  • GeometryCollection is not supported.

Note: passing a single Feature is not supported. However, you can pass a FeatureCollection containing a single Feature and pass selectedFeatureIndexes: [0] to achieve the same result.

mode (Function|Object, optional)

  • Default: DrawPolygonMode

The mode property defines the mode used to handle user interaction events (e.g. pointer events) in order to accomplish edits. This can either be a constructor for an EditMode or an instance of EditMode.

There are a extensive number of modes that come out-of-the-box with See modes overview.

modeConfig (Object, optional)

  • Default: null

An arbitrary object used to further configure the current mode.

Snapping-related modeConfig properties:

  • enableSnapping (Boolean, optional) - Enables snapping for modes that support snapping such as translate mode.
  • additionalSnapTargets (Object[], optional) - An array of GeoJSON Features that can be snapped to. This property only needs to be specified if you want to snap to features in other layers. All features in this EditableGeoJsonLayer will be snap targets.

selectedFeatureIndexes (Array, optional)

  • Default: []

The selectedFeatureIndexes property distinguishes which features to treat as selected.

  • Features are identified by their index in the collection.
  • Selection of a feature causes style accessors to render a different style, defined in function such as getLineColor and getFillColor.
  • Selected features in mode modify will render edit handles. Only one feature may be selected while in mode drawLineString or drawPolygon to draw a feature.

Note: make sure to pass in the same array instance on each render if you are not changing selection. Otherwise, may clear state on every render (e.g. may clear a drawing in progress if the viewport changes).

onEdit (Function, optional)

The onEdit event is the core event provided by this layer and must be handled in order to accept and render edits. The event argument includes the following properties:

  • updatedData (Object): A new FeatureCollection with the edit applied.

    • To accept the edit as is, supply this object into the data prop on the next render cycle (e.g. by calling React's setState function)
    • To reject the edit, do nothing
    • You may also supply a modified version of this object into the data prop on the next render cycle (e.g. if you have your own snapping logic).
  • editType (String): The type of edit requested. One of:

    • movePosition: A position was moved.
    • addPosition: A position was added (either at the beginning, middle, or end of a feature's coordinates).
    • removePosition: A position was removed. Note: it may result in multiple positions being removed in order to maintain valid GeoJSON (e.g. removing a point from a triangular hole will remove the hole entirely).
    • addFeature: A new feature was added. Its index is reflected in featureIndexes
    • finishMovePosition: A position finished moving (e.g. user finished dragging).
    • scaling: A feature is being scaled.
    • scaled: A feature finished scaling (increase/decrease) (e.g. user finished dragging).
    • rotating: A feature is being rotated.
    • rotated: A feature finished rotating (e.g. user finished dragging).
    • translating: A feature is being translated.
    • translated: A feature finished translating (e.g. user finished dragging).
    • startExtruding: An edge started extruding (e.g. user started dragging).
    • extruding: An edge is extruding.
    • extruded: An edge finished extruding (e.g. user finished dragging).
    • split: A feature finished splitting.
  • featureIndexes (Array<number>): The indexes of the edited/added features.
  • editContext (Object): null or an object containing additional context about the edit. This is populated by the active mode, see modes overview.

Consider the user removed the third position from a Polygon's first ring, and that Polygon was the fourth feature in the FeatureCollection. The event argument would look like:

  updatedData: {...},
  editType: 'removePosition',
  featureIndexes: [3],
  editContext: {
    positionIndexes: [1, 2],
    position: null

pickable (Boolean, optional)

  • Default: true

Defaulted to true for interactivity.

pickingRadius (Number, optional)

  • Default: 10

Number of pixels around the mouse cursor used for picking. This value determines, for example, what feature is considered to be clicked and what is close enough to be snapped to.

pickingDepth (Number, optional)

  • Default: 5

Number of layers of overlapping features that will be picked. Useful in cases where features overlap.

Sub Layers

EditableGeoJsonLayer renders the following sub-layers:

  • geojson: a GeoJsonLayer that renders the GeoJSON features passed into the data property.
  • guides: a GeoJsonLayer that renders GeoJSON features that aid in editing.
  • tooltips: a TextLayer that renders tooltips used in some editing modes.

The styling and functionality of EditableGeoJsonLayer can be customized by providing the _subLayerProps property. For example:

new EditableGeoJsonLayer({
  // ...
  _subLayerProps: {
    geojson: {
      getFillColor: (feature) => getFillColorForFeature(feature),
      getLineColor: (feature) => getLineColorForFeature(feature),

geojson Sub Layer

The features being edited are rendered in the geojson sub layer whether they are selected or not. If you want to style selected features differently than unselected features, you can accomplish it like this:

const [data] = React.useState(/* some GeoJSON */);
const [selectedFeatureIndexes] = React.useState(/* array of selected features */)

new EditableGeoJsonLayer({
  // ...
  _subLayerProps: {
    geojson: {
      getFillColor: (feature) => {
        if (selectedFeatureIndexes.some(i => data.features[i] === feature)) {
          return SELECTED_FILL_COLOR;
        } else {
          return UNSELECTED_FILL_COLOR;

guides Sub Layer

There are two types of "guides" rendered in the guides sub layer differentiated by properties.guideType of each feature.

Tentative Features

While creating a new feature in any of the draw modes, portion of a feature which has not been "committed" yet can hold its own props. For example, in drawLineString mode, the tentative feature is the last line segment moving under the mouse. For polygons and ellipses, this would be the whole feature during drawing. A tentative feature can be identified by checking if properties.guideType === 'tentative'.

Edit Handles

Edit handles are the points rendered on a feature to indicate interactive capabilities (e.g. vertices that can be moved). Edit Handles can be identified by checking if properties.guideType === 'editHandle'.

There are also different types of edit handles differentiated by properties.editHandleType:

  • existing: this is an edit handle rendered at an existing position of a feature
  • intermediate: this is an edit handle rendered between existing positions (e.g. to add new positions)
  • snap-source: this is an edit handle being moved that can snap to a snap-target edit handle
  • snap-target: this is an edit handle that will be snapped to if the pointer moves close enough

This shows how you can override how guides are rendered:

new EditableGeoJsonLayer({
  // ...
  _subLayerProps: {
    guides: {
      getFillColor: (guide) => {
        if ( === 'tentative') {
          return TENTATIVE_FILL_COLOR;
        } else {
          return EDIT_HANDLE_FILL_COLOR;

tooltips Sub Layer

Some modes will render tooltips. For example, the measure modes. These modes will render text in the tooltips sub layer.

new EditableGeoJsonLayer({
  // ...
  _subLayerProps: {
    tooltips: {
      getSize: 32,