Marker manager is an interface between the map and the user, designed to manage adding and removing many points when the viewport changes.

How it Works:
The MarkerManager places its markers onto a grid, similar to the map tiles. When the user moves the viewport, it computes which grid cells have entered or left the viewport, and shows or hides all the markers in those cells. (If the users scrolls the viewport beyond the markers that are loaded, no markers will be visible until the EVENT_moveend triggers an update.) In practical consequences, this allows 10,000 markers to be distributed over a large area, and as long as only 100-200 are visible in any given viewport, the user will see good performance corresponding to the 100 visible markers, rather than poor performance corresponding to the total 10,000 markers. Note that some code is optimized for speed over space, with the goal of accommodating thousands of markers.

For a description and examples of how to use this library, check out the how-to.

class MarkerManager


Constructor Description
MarkerManager(map:Map, opt_opts:Object) Creates a new MarkerManager that will show/hide markers on a map.


Methods Return Value Description
addMarker(marker:Marker, minZoom:Number, opt_maxZoom:Number) None Add a single marker to the map.
addMarkers(markers:Array of Marker, minZoom:Number, opt_maxZoom:Number) None Add many markers at once. Does not actually update the map, just the internal grid.
clearMarkers() None Removes all markers in the manager, and removes any visible markers from the map.
getMarker(lat:Number, lng:Number, zoom:Number) GMarker Returns a marker given latitude, longitude and zoom. If the marker does not exist, the method will return a new marker. If a new marker is created, it will NOT be added to the manager.
getMarkerCount(zoom:Number) None Calculates the total number of markers potentially visible at a given zoom level.
hide() None Hides the manager if it's currently visible
isHidden() Boolean Returns true if the manager is hidden. Otherwise returns false.
refresh() None Refresh forces the marker-manager into a good state.
  1. If never before initialized, shows all the markers.
  2. If previously initialized, removes and re-adds all markers.
removeMarker(marker:GMarker) None Removes marker from the manager and from the map (if it's currently visible).
show() None Shows the manager if it's currently hidden.
toggle() None Toggles the visibility of the manager.
visible() Boolean Is this layer visible? Returns visibility setting

class MarkerManagerOptions

This class represents optional arguments to the MarkerManager constructor. There is no constructor for this class. Instead, this class is instantiated as a javascript object literal.


Properties Type Description
borderPadding Number Specifies, in pixels, the extra padding outside the map's current viewport monitored by a manager. Markers that fall within this padding are added to the map, even if they are not fully visible.
maxZoom Number Sets the maximum zoom level monitored by a marker manager. If not given, the manager assumes the maximum map zoom level. This value is also used when markers are added to the manager without the optional maxZoom parameter.
trackMarkers Boolean Indicates whether or not a marker manager should track markers' movements. If you wish to move managed markers using the setPoint/setLatLng methods, this option should be set to true. The default value is false.