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Highlight features within a bounding box

Hold the Shift key and drag the map to query features using queryRenderedFeatures.

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<!DOCTYPE html>
<meta charset='utf-8' />
<title>Highlight features within a bounding box</title>
<meta name='viewport' content='initial-scale=1,maximum-scale=1,user-scalable=no' />
<script src='https://api.tiles.mapbox.com/mapbox-gl-js/v1.0.0/mapbox-gl.js'></script>
<link href='https://api.tiles.mapbox.com/mapbox-gl-js/v1.0.0/mapbox-gl.css' rel='stylesheet' />
body { margin:0; padding:0; }
#map { position:absolute; top:0; bottom:0; width:100%; }
.boxdraw {
background: rgba(56,135,190,0.1);
border: 2px solid #3887be;
position: absolute;
top: 0;
left: 0;
width: 0;
height: 0;
<div id='map'></div>
mapboxgl.accessToken = '<your access token here>';
var map = new mapboxgl.Map({
container: 'map',
style: 'mapbox://styles/mapbox/streets-v11',
center: [-98, 38.88],
minZoom: 2,
zoom: 3
// Disable default box zooming.
// Create a popup, but don't add it to the map yet.
var popup = new mapboxgl.Popup({
closeButton: false
map.on('load', function() {
var canvas = map.getCanvasContainer();
// Variable to hold the starting xy coordinates
// when `mousedown` occured.
var start;
// Variable to hold the current xy coordinates
// when `mousemove` or `mouseup` occurs.
var current;
// Variable for the draw box element.
var box;
// Add the source to query. In this example we're using
// county polygons uploaded as vector tiles
map.addSource('counties', {
"type": "vector",
"url": "mapbox://mapbox.82pkq93d"
"id": "counties",
"type": "fill",
"source": "counties",
"source-layer": "original",
"paint": {
"fill-outline-color": "rgba(0,0,0,0.1)",
"fill-color": "rgba(0,0,0,0.1)"
}, 'settlement-label'); // Place polygon under these labels.
"id": "counties-highlighted",
"type": "fill",
"source": "counties",
"source-layer": "original",
"paint": {
"fill-outline-color": "#484896",
"fill-color": "#6e599f",
"fill-opacity": 0.75
"filter": ["in", "FIPS", ""]
}, 'settlement-label'); // Place polygon under these labels.
// Set `true` to dispatch the event before other functions
// call it. This is necessary for disabling the default map
// dragging behaviour.
canvas.addEventListener('mousedown', mouseDown, true);
// Return the xy coordinates of the mouse position
function mousePos(e) {
var rect = canvas.getBoundingClientRect();
return new mapboxgl.Point(
e.clientX - rect.left - canvas.clientLeft,
e.clientY - rect.top - canvas.clientTop
function mouseDown(e) {
// Continue the rest of the function if the shiftkey is pressed.
if (!(e.shiftKey && e.button === 0)) return;
// Disable default drag zooming when the shift key is held down.
// Call functions for the following events
document.addEventListener('mousemove', onMouseMove);
document.addEventListener('mouseup', onMouseUp);
document.addEventListener('keydown', onKeyDown);
// Capture the first xy coordinates
start = mousePos(e);
function onMouseMove(e) {
// Capture the ongoing xy coordinates
current = mousePos(e);
// Append the box element if it doesnt exist
if (!box) {
box = document.createElement('div');
var minX = Math.min(start.x, current.x),
maxX = Math.max(start.x, current.x),
minY = Math.min(start.y, current.y),
maxY = Math.max(start.y, current.y);
// Adjust width and xy position of the box element ongoing
var pos = 'translate(' + minX + 'px,' + minY + 'px)';
box.style.transform = pos;
box.style.WebkitTransform = pos;
box.style.width = maxX - minX + 'px';
box.style.height = maxY - minY + 'px';
function onMouseUp(e) {
// Capture xy coordinates
finish([start, mousePos(e)]);
function onKeyDown(e) {
// If the ESC key is pressed
if (e.keyCode === 27) finish();
function finish(bbox) {
// Remove these events now that finish has been called.
document.removeEventListener('mousemove', onMouseMove);
document.removeEventListener('keydown', onKeyDown);
document.removeEventListener('mouseup', onMouseUp);
if (box) {
box = null;
// If bbox exists. use this value as the argument for `queryRenderedFeatures`
if (bbox) {
var features = map.queryRenderedFeatures(bbox, { layers: ['counties'] });
if (features.length >= 1000) {
return window.alert('Select a smaller number of features');
// Run through the selected features and set a filter
// to match features with unique FIPS codes to activate
// the `counties-highlighted` layer.
var filter = features.reduce(function(memo, feature) {
return memo;
}, ['in', 'FIPS']);
map.setFilter("counties-highlighted", filter);
map.on('mousemove', function(e) {
var features = map.queryRenderedFeatures(e.point, { layers: ['counties-highlighted'] });
// Change the cursor style as a UI indicator.
map.getCanvas().style.cursor = (features.length) ? 'pointer' : '';
if (!features.length) {
var feature = features[0];