Use search result as a distance marker?
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An important feature of this distance calculator tool is that it is "as the crow flies", so traveling in real life will normally involve larger distances, but this may also help those who need to measure off-road distances.
Want to save your route? Try the Advanced Google Maps Distance Calculator
How To Use
- Zoom and drag the map to find the location of marker 1
- Click to place marker 1.
- Zoom and drag the map to find the location of marker 2.
- Click to place marker 2.
- The distance will be calculated then displayed below the map in miles or kilometers. You can change between miles or km at any time
- Add as many points as required and the distance will build up.
- You can also drag and drop markers after they have been put on the map
- To share your route and distance calculation use the option [Generate Link For This Route]. You can then copy the link generated and send this via Twitter or Facebook.
All distances are estimations so Daft Logic does not accept any responsibility that may arise when the value reported is incorrect.
You can move the markers after they have been positioned so you can modify you route on the fly and see how the distance will be affected.
- Click [Clear Last] to undo the last marker placed
- Click [Zoom To Fit] to zoom the map around all markers
- Click [Clear Map] to erase all markers and start again
- Use the Quick Find text box to quickly relocate the map
- You can choose between miles and kilometers (km) for the Total Distance readout
- Click [Show Elevation] to get a chart showing the elevation of your route
How it Works
Clearly you, the user inputs two 'points' that are used to calculate the distance. Calculating the "As the Crow Flies" distance is a matter of using Great Circle formula. Then the main problem is converting the Google Map unit to miles and kilometers.
The map will also automatically save your route in your temporary internet cookies so that you can return and see the route as you last left it. If you ever need to start from scratch then use the [Clear Map] button.
Map showing the Mary Peters Track in South Belfast. The reading shows 0.394km which is clearly a reasonable measurement for an athletics track.
Map showing the estimated distance between New York and Paris. All references that can be found suggest that this is an accurate measurement.
Map showing the Seven Mile Straight in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. This shows a reading of 6.910 miles.
Map showing the distance between Belfast and Dublin. As far as I can see this is an accurate estimate (if there is such a thing). This trip would be approximately 100 miles by road so the proverbial crow would have less distance to travel.
Further Uses and Ideas
- Show difference in elevation between markers
- Export a list of all waypoints and show the distance between each
|Version||Date||Description of Updates|
Stop post back between clicks
Calculate Mid Point
Zoom to fit feature
More than one marker as running total
Move to API v2
Great Circle display and distance calculation
Option to resize map height
|3.1||25/09/2007||Added print map option|
|3.2||01/10/2007||Added Quick Find|
Added Scroll Wheel Zoom in and out
Complete conversion to API v2
Better Zoom to Fit Functionality
Added crosshairs curser
Removed Scroll Wheel Zoom in and out
Added marker drag and drop functionality
Removed Print Option (Ctrl+Print Screen works better)
|4.2||10/06/2008||Added Nautical Miles option|
|4.3||20/10/2008||Added drop down map type option|
|4.4||17/12/2008||Map saves last position for when you next visit|
|4.5||04/01/2009||Fixed autopan issue when map is resized|
Removed Quick Find
Added Google Search bar
Brought Back Quick Find!
Removed Google Search bar!
Added Route Autosave via cookies
Added Marker tooltip showing marker id and lat/lng
Added Feet measurement
Added Metres measurement
Google Search can now be enabled by a check box
More settings are now saved such as toggle markers, Google Search and Map Type
Google Search bar at bottom left is not yet available. sorry!
Removed show mid point button
Uses new cookie so any previous systems/settings on your machine will be erased! sorry!
Please report any issues or bugs!
|5.1||02/08/2010||Fixed autopan issue when map is resized|
|5.2||09/08/2010||Updated Quick Find. Now places marker at location|
Updated Quick Find. Now adds a distance marker upon finding a result unless the user opt's out of this
Updated Quick Find. Now allows enter/return to be hit to cause the search. No need to click the Search button
Updated Quick Find. Now pre-selects text after a search is complete to allow rapid input of multiple locations
Updated Quick Find. If you perform an unattached search (not a distance marker), the search result marker can be easily removed from the map by clicking on that marker
|5.4||05/02/2012||Updated Quick Find. Now zooms in to find the location|
|5.5||14/02/2012||Fixed issue where a marker that had been repositioned retained its original lat/lng in the text that appears during hover over|
|5.6||15/02/2012||Added new upload coordinates function|
|5.7||10/11/2013||Removed Google Local Search API (Deprecated)|
|5.8||22/01/2014||New option added to allow you to share your distance calculator route on Twitter, Facebook or email|
|5.9||25/01/2014||New option added to show the elevation of your route on a bar chart|
|5.10||18/11/2015||Implemented a mouseover event so when you hover over the elevation chart, a marker on the map highlights the location|
|5.11||30/12/2015||Its now possible add a marker to the route midway along the route. You can also delete a marker by right clicking on the dot below the marker|
|5.12||04/04/2016||Updates to print formatting|
|5.13||09/06/2016||Added yards units of distance measurement|
|5.14||10/01/2017||The marker will display the distance up to that leg on the route when you hover over it|
|5.15||23/02/2017||New option to upload GPX files|
|5.16||21/09/2017||Elevation units changed to feet|
Comments For This Page
Very useful tool. It's easy to learn and use.
It just does what you'd expect from such a tool to do (nothing more, nothing less - and that's good).
Good job, Daft Logic.
By Bartek on 18th November 2017
Great. Thank you. I can come home and see just how much the varience made to my walk and if it is worthwhile. Also planning a walk I can now guestimate how long it will tske vecsuse I can compare with previous times. I love it. Especially good for sneaky shortcuts across the park. Lol
By Jean Cotter on 13th November 2017
Europeon ... there is now a way to toggle between feet and meters. It appears once you get the elevation chart to display.
By Daft Logic on 7th November 2017
Can you give us the option to change altitude back to meters? I know you're a reasonable person, Daft, and I know you very hesitantly changed it to feet as a business decision, because it's an inferior measurement. Please give other reasonable people the power to not be inconvenienced by America's inability to change. Thanks!
By Europeon on 7th November 2017
Thanks for keeping this up. Great tool. Is it possible to select a single point on the map and then draw a circle with a given radius? For example, if I wanted to see everything within 200 miles of a given location...
By Dan on 31st October 2017
Ry, sorry, thats not possible to do on this page.
By Daft Logic on 4th October 2017
This is an incredible resource - thank you! I'm new to this site, but was wondering if it's possible to select a route and then search how far various locations are from any point on that saved route?
By Ry on 4th October 2017
Please improve the website.. Sometime text can read carefully.
By unknown from pk on 2nd October 2017
Hi, thanks for the feedback. Large is now Medium. And Large is now larger!
By Daft Logic on 27th September 2017
Would it be possible to increase the differences between 'small', 'medium' and 'large' for map height? 'Large' used to almost fill the screen, but now large is just a narrow band, which is a bit cumbersome to use.
On 26th September 2017
You can now toggle the elevation units.
By Daft Logic on 25th September 2017
Why was the elevation changed to feet? Metrics is more precise and used by more countries so it seems a bit weird. Would it be possible to let us choose between the two instead?
By Dan on 21st September 2017
Hi, the elevation units have now been changed to feet.
By Daft Logic on 21st September 2017
This page provides elevations between two points on a bar graph - would it be possible to display these elevations in feet rather than meters?
I do see there's a separate map specifically for altitude which provides the output in feet; however, I don't see a function to graph elevations between two points on that page.
On 20th September 2017
Hi John, it should now work. In the last number of days there has been high demand for the page https://www.daftlogic.com/sandbox-google-maps-find-altitude.htm due to Hurricane Irma and this has pushed out quotas/limits to the edge and beyond.
By Daft Logic on 11th September 2017
Please explain or help me retrieve the maps that I saved.
By John J. Napolitano on 9th September 2017
Hi, it isn't intended to be implemented on other websites.
By Daft Logic on 20th August 2017
How can I use this tool in my website to claculate distance??
On 19th August 2017
The change making us hold CTL while scrolling in/out kind of sucks. Please remove it.
On 15th August 2017
Insane time saver
On 17th July 2017
By Jordi on 22nd May 2017
Google Maps will report land (by car) miles.
By Daft Logic on 26th April 2017
Hi John, yes it is still alive!
By Daft Logic on 26th April 2017
Odd question, but let me ask. Using Google Maps going from point A to point B, it says it is 25 miles. My question.....is this considered Land Miles or Aerial Miles. If it is 25 land miles, I need to get to how many aerial miles by multiply 25 by .868 which is 19 aerial miles. So, is Google Maps Land of Aerial miles?
On 25th April 2017
Is this blog still alive?. Have question, but will hold till I see its still working.
By John on 25th April 2017
Excelente herramienta de trabajo y de consulta... thanks very much.
By Jose Uriel Sanchez on 20th April 2017
There used to be buttons attached to the zoom function that allowed for shifting the map a fixed distance in any direction. Any hope to bring that back?
By Asdrubal on 13th April 2017
It's not possible to switch to feet on the elevation output.
By Daft Logic on 5th April 2017
Any way to change the elevations from metric to feet?
On 5th April 2017
Great job on this project!
By Brian on 4th April 2017
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