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HERE Maps API - How to add map markers

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Created: Maveric (21 Jun 2011)
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In this article we will go thru on how to add one or more Markers to the map. A marker defines an Object that may display an icon on the map view.


A supported web browser (basically any modern web browser)

The example assumes you have already added the Nokia Maps to your web page as explained in the previous article Nokia Maps API - Add Maps To Any Web Page

Important note about maps credentials

Nokia provides several services options within the Maps API offering. The service is free to use, but you must obtain and use authentication and authorization credentials to use the services. Please read the Location API Business Models and Usage Restrictions page to decide which business model best fits your needs. Authentication requires unique Maps API credentials, namely an AppId and a token. You can get these credentials free from the Nokia Developer API Registration page.


Defining a Marker

First we will need to define the Marker. This will be done by specifying the location as a GeoCoordinate and then defining the marker:

   var center =    new nokia.maps.geo.Coordinate(40.738728,-73.99236);
var marker = new nokia.maps.map.StandardMarker(center);

The Marker needs geocoordinates as parameters, that is, the latitude and longitude it will be placed on the map. In our example we are using 40.738728 for the latitude and -73.99236 for the longitude This will place a marker in Central New York. marker now contains a new StandardMarker object.

Adding a Marker directly

We may place the StandardMarker on the map by adding it directly as shown:


Adding a Marker via a Container

As an alternative to adding a marker directly, or we can add it to a container and the add the conatiner to the map. A container is used to group Objects, thus allows it to operate on a whole group of objects without the need to iteratively visit each Object (e.g. for changing the visibility).

First create a container:

   var container = new nokia.maps.map.Container();

Now that we have the Container ready, we can add the StandardMarker into it:

    container .objects.add(marker);
//or another way of putting this e.g. container.objects.add( new nokia.maps.map.StandardMarker( new nokia.maps.geo.Coordinate(40.738728,-73.99236)));

And then when the StandardMarker is in the Container, we will need to add the Container to the map objects collection, to be able to show the content on it:


Manipulating the Marker

The properties of the StandardMarker can be further manipulated, e.g. you can make the Marker draggable (it is not that by default) if you wish:


And to make the StandardMarker static again, you would give:


For a StandardMarker you can set the text as shown:

    marker.set("text","Your marker!")

Retrieving information about the marker

Sometimes it may be useful to know if a Container has been added to the Display. Earlier we could have initiated the Display object e.g. like this:

var map = nokia.maps.map.Display(document.getElementById("map"),

Now, with the reference to “map”, we can request:

    test = marker.isAdded (map)

In our case test would result in “true”.

With the isVisible (display) : Boolean we will get true if the object's visibility as well as all parent's visibilities are true and if the object is attached to a map (i.e. parent chain ends with a map). The returned value is only valid for the given nokia.maps.map.Display object.


{nokia.maps.map.Display} display The display to check.

In our case we could ask:

    test = marker.isVisible(map);

Again, this would result in “true”.

With the getParent (display) we can get the parent of the map object.


{nokia.maps.map.Display} display The display for which to return the parent object.

Returns: {nokia.maps.map.Object} The parent object of this object for the given display or undefined if this map object has no parent.

    test = marker.getParent(map);

If we want to get the Display names that the Container is attached to, this could be queried as follows:

    test = marker.getDisplays();

This case we would know already there is the “map” Display, so requesting now the question marker.isAdded (test) would give us “true”, because marker is attached to the “map”.

Example code

Here is a full example with required HTML and embedded JavaScript.

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN"
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=us-ascii" />
<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=7; IE=EmulateIE9" />
<title>Marker on the Map</title>
<!-- By default we add ?kml=auto&heatmap=auto to auto load KML & heatmap package remove params if package are not needed -->
<script type="text/javascript" charset="UTF-8" src=
<div id="mapContainer" style=
"z-index: -1; left:0px; top:0px; width: 50%; height: 50%; position: absolute;">
<script type="text/javascript">
// Don't forget to set your API credentials
// nokia.maps.util.ApplicationContext.set({"appId": "YOUR APPID", "authenticationToken": "YOUR TOKEN"});
var center = new nokia.maps.geo.Coordinate(40.738728,-73.99236);
// Get the DOM node to which we will append the map
var mapContainer = document.getElementById("mapContainer");
// Create a map inside the map container DOM node
var map = new nokia.maps.map.Display(mapContainer, {
// initial center and zoom level of the map
center: center,
zoomLevel: 15,
components: [
new nokia.maps.map.component.ZoomBar(),
new nokia.maps.map.component.Behavior(),
new nokia.maps.map.component.TypeSelector(),
new nokia.maps.map.component.Traffic(),
new nokia.maps.map.component.PublicTransport(),
new nokia.maps.map.component.Overview(),
new nokia.maps.map.component.ScaleBar(),
new nokia.maps.positioning.component.Positioning(),
new nokia.maps.map.component.RightClick(),
new nokia.maps.search.component.RightClick(),
new nokia.maps.routing.component.RightClick()
var marker = new nokia.maps.map.StandardMarker(center);

For more on Nokia Maps API

Please check out the Nokia Maps API full documentation and API reference here:

You may also access the interactive Nokia Maps API playground,

Tested on

  • Google Chrome 11.0x
  • Mozilla Firefox 4.0x, 5.0
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