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Google Map Markers and QML

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Created: njzk2 (06 Mar 2011)
Last edited: hamishwillee (23 Jul 2012)

This page is about using QML Map to rapidly create an application that displays markers on the Map.

The QML Map element is very basic. Instead, I wrote an extension that is described here : QML Map extension.

Using this Map, it is easy to use an existing Google Map Marker XML service. For this example, I use the Paris bicycle rental service, Velib.



The first XML service is found here. As you can see, it is simply a list of markers containing an id and coordinates. It references the 1000+ stations.

This is a typical example for using the XMLListModel. It goes like this:

    XmlListModel {
id: stations
source: ""
XmlRole {name: "number"; query: "@number/string()"}
XmlRole {name: "name"; query: "@name/string()"}
XmlRole {name: "lat"; query: "@lat/string()"}
XmlRole {name: "lng"; query: "@lng/string()"}

One thing to notice: there is no query yet. The query is to be added dynamically later, to include a filter on the lat / lng values, in order to avoid displaying to much elements.

The second service is + number, the number being given by the first service. A second model uses the second service:

    XmlListModel {
id: station
query: "/station"
XmlRole {name: "freeVal"; query: "free/string()"}
XmlRole {name: "availableVal"; query: "available/string()"}

This one does not have source, as the source depends on the number of the marker selected.


This model can directly be used in the MyMap object, like this

    MyMap {
anchors.fill: parent
id: stationsMap
opacity: 0
zoomLevel: 14
itemMapDelegate: // To be expained later
itemsModel: stations
onViewportChanged: {
stations.query = "/carto/markers/marker[@lat < " + from.latitude + " and @lat > " + to.latitude
+ " and @lng < " + to.longitude + " and @lng > " + from.longitude + "]"

Here again, pretty simple. As said earlier, the query is set when the viewport on the map changes. "from" and "to" are coordinates defining the corners of the viewport. The query filters the stations that are to be displayed.


The itemMapDelegate is a little more complex. It uses another QML object, ThumbItem, that basically draws an icon on the map, and call a signal when clicked.

Item {
signal selected(int index)
property variant coord: Coordinate {
latitude: lat
longitude: lng
x: map.toScreenPosition(coord).x + map.anchors.topMargin
y: map.toScreenPosition(coord).y + map.anchors.leftMargin
Image {
anchors.left: icon.left
source: "thumb_velib_shadow.png"
Image {
id: icon
anchors.horizontalCenter: parent.left
source: (name != stationName) ? "thumb_velib.png" : "thumb_velib_select.png"
MouseArea {
anchors.fill: parent
onClicked: {

"stationName" is a string defined in the main file.

The use of this object mostly need a function to receive the signal, so the definition of the itemMapDelegate is as follows:

        itemMapDelegate: ThumbItem {
onSelected: {
stationName = stations.get(index).name
station.source = "" + stations.get(index).number

The "station" model now hold data about the station (free parking spots and available bikes).

Details of a station

The station model is used via a repeater. The point of using a repeater is that it disappears is the model is empty.

    Repeater {
model: station
delegate: Label {
text: stationName + "\nFree: " + freeVal + "\nAvailable: " + availableVal

Label being simply a QML component that displays a text.

And voilà. Less than 50 lines for the main files.

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