Create a SVG map filled with dots for the world or countries

Usage no npm install needed!

<script type="module">
  import dottedMap from '';


npm version


You can limit to one (or several) countries (France, Italy, UK)


Requires NodeJS ≥ 13.

npm i dotted-map


const fs = require('fs');
const DottedMap = require('dotted-map').default;
// Or in the browser: import DottedMap from 'dotted-map';

const map = new DottedMap({ height: 60, grid: 'diagonal' });

  lat: 40.73061,
  lng: -73.935242,
  svgOptions: { color: '#d6ff79', radius: 0.4 },
  lat: 48.8534,
  lng: 2.3488,
  svgOptions: { color: '#fffcf2', radius: 0.4 },

const svgMap = map.getSVG({
  radius: 0.22,
  color: '#423B38',
  shape: 'circle',
  backgroundColor: '#020300',

fs.writeFileSync('./map.svg', svgMap);

If you use a large number of points (height or width ≥ 100), it may take a bit of time to compute the map (from 1 to 30 seconds depending on your device and number of points). This is why the result grid is cached. If you don’t change the parameters of new DottedMap, the next maps will be a lot faster to generate. You can however change the pins and the SVG options.

Precomputing the map

Because the previous operation can be expansive (especially if you want to use DottedMap in a browser or React Native app), it’s possible to precompute the grid. You will still be able to add pins on-the-fly, in real time. This also allows you to import a lighter version of the library. This is especially useful if you always use the same map parameters, but only change the pins.

// So you do this first step only once, when developing your app
const getMapJSON = require('dotted-map').getMapJSON;

// This function accepts the same arguments as DottedMap in the example above.
const mapJsonString = getMapJSON({ height: 60, grid: 'diagonal' });

// This string will contain everything about the grid. You will need to copy
// and include it in your front.
// Now we are in your app, let’s imagine it’s a React app

// This import doesn’t include coordinates of countries: it’s lighter
// that 'dotted-map', so especially useful in fronts.
// However, you must give it a map you have pre-computed before.
import DottedMap from 'dotted-map/without-countries';

// Basically myMap.js contains something like:
// const MyMapString = 'the string mapJsonString that you got on the first step';
// export default MyMapString;
import MyMapString from './myMap';

const MyComponent = () => {
  // It’s safe to re-create the map at each render, because of the
  // pre-computation it’s super fast ⚡️
  const map = new DottedMap({ map: JSON.parse(MyMapString) });

    lat: 40.73061,
    lng: -73.935242,
    svgOptions: { color: '#d6ff79', radius: 0.4 },

  const svgMap = map.getSVG({
    radius: 0.22,
    color: '#423B38',
    shape: 'circle',
    backgroundColor: '#020300',

  return (
      <img src={`data:image/svg+xml;utf8,${encodeURIComponent(svgMap)}`} />

export default MyComponent;

That’s how you can display a super stylish map in your React webapp, without impacting the size of your bundle nor the performance of your app (browsers are very fast at rendering SVGs).


import DottedMap from 'dotted-map';

// Create the map
const map = new DottedMap({
  width, // just specify either height or width, so the ratio of the map is correct
  countries: ['FRA'] // look into `countries.geo.json` to see which keys to use. You can also omit this parameter and the whole world will be used
  region: { lat: { min, max }, lng: { min, max } }, // if not present, it will fit the countries (and if no country is specified, the whole world)
  grid: 'vertical' | 'diagonal', // how points should be aligned
  avoidOuterPins: false | true, // if it’s true, prevent adding pins when they are outside of region/countries

// Add some points/change the color of existing points
  svgOptions: { color, radius },
  data, // whatever you want, useful if you use the method `getPoints` to get the raw points

// If you want to get the raw array of points
// [{ x, y, data, svgOptions }]

// Or use this method to get a string which is a SVG
  shape: 'circle' | 'hexagon', // if you use hexagon, prefer the grid `diagonal`
  backgroundColor, // background color of the map
  color, // default color of the points
  radius: 0.5, // default radius of the points
// <svg><circle … /><circle …></svg>


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