How to create your own Element?

Note: This guide is under complete restructuring. We will provide a new documentation in the Contributing Guite in our Git-Repository:

Mapbender3 offers an app/console command to create different elements:

  • general elements
  • buttons
  • elements for map-click events
  • elements for map-box events

Please note: The new generated element contains only a skeleton and has to be modivied after generation.

The following example show the generation and modification of a map-click element.

The steps to create your own Element?

There are some steps you have to follow on the way to your own element.

  • create your own bundle
  • create an element via app/console
  • edit your new element for your needs
  • add the new element to the function getElements() to make it available from the backend

Use app/console to generate your own bundle

Find out more about the command with help:

app/console generate:bundle --help
app/console generate:bundle --namespace=Workshop/DemoBundle --dir=src

You have to answer some questions before the element will be created:

Bundle name [WorkshopDemoBundle]: WorkshopDemoBundle

Determine the format to use for the generated configuration.
Configuration format (yml, xml, php, or annotation): annotation

To help you get started faster, the command can generate some
code snippets for you.

Do you want to generate the whole directory structure [no]? yes

Summary before generation
You are going to generate a "Workshop\DemoBundle\WorkshopDemoBundle" bundle
in "src/" using the "annotation" format.

Do you confirm generation [yes]? yes

Confirm automatic update of your Kernel [yes]? yes

Confirm automatic update of the Routing [yes]? yes

After this steps you new bundle is available at src. The bundle is already registered in the File AppKernel.php. In the file routing.yml you will find a new entry for the bundle.

Use app/console to generate a new element

Find out more about the command with help:

app/console mapbender:generate:element --help

Generate a new element with the following command:

app/console mapbender:generate:element --type "map-click" "Workshop\DemoBundle" MapKlick src

You will get a summary of actions

Summary of actions
- Your element WorkshopDemoBundle\Element\MapKlick has been created.
- The following files have been created:
 - PHP class (src/Workshop/DemoBundle/Element/MapKlick.php)
 - jQuery widget (src/Workshop/DemoBundle/Resources/public/mapbender.element.mapklick.js)

Follow up actions Read about adapting your bare-bone element at

Edit your new element for your needs

Change the title and description in the php file

You will find several functions in the php file. Change the return value of the functions getClassTitle() and getClassDescription().

public static function getClassTitle() {
    return "MapKlick";
public static function getClassDescription() {
    return "Generates an Url with the the mapklick coordinates added";

Register the new Element

You can register an element by adding it to the function getElements() in the file src/Workshop/DemoBundle/WorkshopDemoBundle.php. After creation of the bundle this function does not exist. You also have to refer to the MapbenderBundle and define that your extends the MapbenderBundle.

This will make the element available in the backend when you configure your application.


namespace Workshop\DemoBundle;

use Symfony\Component\HttpKernel\Bundle\Bundle;
use Mapbender\CoreBundle\Component\MapbenderBundle;

class WorkshopDemoBundle extends MapbenderBundle
    public function getElements()
        return array(

Add the new element to an application

Create a new application and add your element to the new application. Note that the configuration for your generated element is done in YAML syntax. If you want to use the map-element as target you have to find out the id of the map-element (f.e. via firebug inspect).

Change the action on Click event

When you generated a map-click element you get an event on click and an action. The action can be modified. Have a look in the JQuery widget file (mapbender/src/Workshop/DemoBundle/Resources/public/mapbender.element.mapklick.js).

You will find the function _mapClickHandler() that determines the coordinates from the click event and passes them to the function _mapClickWorker(). The new generated element will show the coordinates of the click event in an alert box.

You can modify the action of the function _mapClickWorker().

Default definition of _mapClickWorker()

_mapClickWorker: function(coordinates) {
       alert('You clicked: ' +
               coordinates.pixel.x + ' x ' + coordinates.pixel.y +
               ' (Pixel), which equals ' +
      + ' x ' + +
               ' (World).');

modified _mapClickWorker() opens OpenStreetMap

Alternatively you could open a new window with an URL and add the coordinates as parameters. You can open OpenStreetMap and center to the coordinates of the click event.

_mapClickWorker: function(coordinates) {'' + + '/' +;