Google Maps Find Altitude

Determine the altitude (elevation) when a point is tapped/clicked on a map

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Description

Use a map to determining altitude (elevation) when a point is tapped/clicked on a map. You can click/tap ad many times as required to find the elevation of multiple points.

Google Maps Find Altitude

How To Use

  1. Click on the map on a location where you wish to find the altitude
  2. The altitude will be displayed in the message box below the map and when you hover over the marker
  3. You can click to place more than one marker and return to hover over each in order to find out the altitude again
  4. Click the [Clear Map] button in order to remove all markers and start again
  5. Use the search option to find a place
  6. Click on a marker to remove it

You can also access a CSV list of latitude, longitude, altitude in meters and altitude in feet for every marker you place on the map.

How it Works



var output_lat =new Array(0);
var output_lng =new Array(0);
var output_f =new Array(0);
var output_m =new Array(0);
var outputDiv=document.getElementById('outputDiv');
var map;
var routeMarkers=new Array(0);
var routePoints=new Array(0);
var geocoder;
var latlngbounds;	
var addresslimit=100;
var bool_toggle_draw_line=false;
var lineWidth=1;
var lineColor='#ff0066';
var routePath;

function initialize() 
{
	var latlng = new google.maps.LatLng(0,0);
	//setCursor:'crosshair'
	var myOptions = {zoom:1,center:latlng,mapTypeId:google.maps.MapTypeId.ROADMAP,draggableCursor:'crosshair',mapTypeControlOptions:{style:google.maps.MapTypeControlStyle.DROPDOWN_MENU},scaleControl:true};
	map = new google.maps.Map(document.getElementById("map_canvas"),myOptions);
	
	// Create ElevationService
    elevator = new google.maps.ElevationService();

    // Add a listener for the click event and call getElevation on that location
    google.maps.event.addListener(map, 'click', mapclickedevent);
		  
	geocoder = new google.maps.Geocoder();	
	latlngbounds = new google.maps.LatLngBounds();
}

function foundsingle(first)
{
	var latlng = new google.maps.LatLng (parseFloat(first.lat),parseFloat(first.lng));
	var obj=new Object();
	obj.latLng=latlng;
	getElevation(obj);
}

function mapclickedevent(event)
{
	getElevation(event.latLng); 
}

function getElevation(clickedLocation) 
{
	var locations = [];
		
	locations.push(clickedLocation);
	
	// Create a LocationElevationRequest object using the array's one value
	var positionalRequest = {'locations': locations};
	
	// Initiate the location request
	elevator.getElevationForLocations(positionalRequest, function(results, status) 
	{
		if (status == google.maps.ElevationStatus.OK) 
		{
			// Retrieve the first result
			if (results[0]) 
			{
				// Open an info window indicating the elevation at the clicked position
				outputDiv.innerHTML= "Last point clicked : " + results[0].elevation.toFixed(3) + " m / " + (results[0].elevation*3.2808399).toFixed(3) + " feet";
				
				//add the marker
				var marker=placeMarker(clickedLocation,results[0].elevation.toFixed(3) + " m / " + (results[0].elevation*3.2808399).toFixed(3) + " feet");
				marker.setMap(map);
				addCloseEvent(marker,routeMarkers.length);
				
				routeMarkers.push(marker);
				ftn_drawline();	
				
				latlngbounds.extend(clickedLocation);
				
				output_lat.push(clickedLocation.lat());
				output_lng.push(clickedLocation.lng());
				output_f.push((results[0].elevation*3.2808399).toFixed(3));
				output_m.push(results[0].elevation.toFixed(3));
				
				ftn_makecsv();
			} 
			else 
			{
				outputDiv.innerHTML="No results found";
			}
	  	} 
	  	else 
	  	{
			outputDiv.innerHTML="Elevation service failed due to: " + status;
		}
	});
}

function addCloseEvent(marker,index) {
  	marker.addListener('click', function() {
	marker.setMap(null);
		
	if (routeMarkers.length > 1)
	{
		ftn_drawline();
	}
	else
	{
		//hide the polyline
		if (routePath)
		routePath.setMap(null);
	}
	ftn_makecsv(); 
  });
}

function placeMarker(location,text) 
{
	var image = 'images/gmmarkersv3/stripes.png';
	var marker = new google.maps.Marker({position:location,map:map,icon:image,title:text});
	return marker;
}

function clearmap()
{
	if (routeMarkers) 
	{
		for (i in routeMarkers) 
		{
			routeMarkers[i].setMap(null);
		}
	}
	routeMarkers=new Array(0);

	if (routePath)
	{
		routePath.setMap(null);
	}
	
	outputDiv.innerHTML="";
	
	latlngbounds = new google.maps.LatLngBounds();
	
	output_lat = new Array(0);
	output_lng = new Array(0);
	output_f = new Array(0);
	output_m = new Array(0);
	
	document.getElementById("ta_csvoutput").style.display="none";
	document.getElementById("ta_csvoutput").value="";
	
	document.getElementById("goto").value="";
	document.getElementById("btn_go").value="Search";
}

function ftn_makecsv()
{
	document.getElementById("ta_csvoutput").style.display="block";
	document.getElementById("ta_csvoutput").value="";
	
	output="number";
	if (document.getElementById("cb_output_latlng").checked)
	{
		output+=",latitude,longitude";
	}
	if (document.getElementById("cb_output_meters").checked)
	{
		output+=",meters";
	}
	if (document.getElementById("cb_output_feet").checked)
	{
		output+=",feet";
	}
	if (document.getElementById("cb_output_cumulativedistance").checked)
	{
		output+=",cumulative distance (m)";
	}
	output+="\n";
		
	var cumulativedistance=0;
	
	for (i in routeMarkers) 
	{
		if (routeMarkers[i].getMap())
		{
			
			output+=(i + 1);
			if (document.getElementById("cb_output_latlng").checked)
			{
				output+=","+output_lat[i]+","+output_lng[i];
			}
			if (document.getElementById("cb_output_meters").checked)
			{
				output+=","+output_m[i];
			}
			if (document.getElementById("cb_output_feet").checked)
			{
				output+=","+output_f[i];
			}
			if (document.getElementById("cb_output_cumulativedistance").checked)
			{
				var tmp_cumdist=google.maps.geometry.spherical.computeDistanceBetween(routeMarkers[0].getPosition(), routeMarkers[i].getPosition());
				cumulativedistance=parseInt(cumulativedistance) + parseInt(tmp_cumdist.toFixed(0));
				output+=","+cumulativedistance;
			}
			output+="\n";
		}
	}
	
	document.getElementById("ta_csvoutput").value=output;
}

function submitenter(myfield,e)
{
	var keycode;
	if (window.event) keycode = window.event.keyCode;
	else if (e) keycode = e.which;
	else return true;
	
	if (keycode == 13)
	{
		ftn_quickfind(document.getElementById('goto').value);
		document.getElementById("goto").focus();
		document.getElementById("goto").select();
		return false;
	}
	else
	{
	   return true;
	}
}

function ftn_quickfind(address) 
{
	document.getElementById("btn_go").value="Searching...";
	geocoder.geocode( { 'address': address}, function(results, status) 
	{
		if (status == google.maps.GeocoderStatus.OK) 
		{
        	var point = results[0].geometry.location;
			if (document.getElementById("cb_dropmarker").checked)
			{
				getElevation(point);
			}
	
			map.setCenter(point);
			map.fitBounds(results[0].geometry.viewport);
			document.getElementById("btn_go").value="Found";  	
      	} 
		else 
		{
			document.getElementById("btn_go").value="Not Found";
			//console.log(address);
      	}
   	});
}

function ftn_zoomtofit()
{
	map.setCenter(latlngbounds.getCenter());
	map.fitBounds(latlngbounds);	
}

function ftn_processaddressupload(str_addresses)
{
	lines = str_addresses.split('\n');
	if (lines.length>addresslimit)
	{
		lines = lines.slice(0,addresslimit);
	}
	cnt=0;
	nextaddress();	
}

function nextaddress()
{
	if (cnt>=lines.length) 
	{
		document.getElementById("btn_ok").title="Complete!";
		ftn_zoomtofit();
		//$.unblockUI(); 
		return;
	}	
	else
	{
		document.getElementById("btn_ok").title="Processed "+(cnt+1)+"/"+lines.length;
	}
	ftn_geocodeaddress(lines[cnt],getElevation);
	cnt++;
}

function ftn_geocodeaddress(address, callbackFunction) 
{
	geocoder.geocode( { 'address': address}, function(results, status) 
	{
		if (status == google.maps.GeocoderStatus.OK) 
		{
			var point = results[0].geometry.location;
			callbackFunction(point);
			nextaddress();
		}
		else
		{
			alert("Address ("+address+")not found!");
			nextaddress();
		}
	});
}

function ftn_toggle_draw_line()
{
	bool_toggle_draw_line=!bool_toggle_draw_line;
	ftn_drawline();	
}

function ftn_drawline()
{
	if (routePath)
	routePath.setMap(null);
	
	//rebuild routePoints based on markers location
	routePoints=new Array(0);
	if (routeMarkers) 
	{
		for (i in routeMarkers) 
		{
			if (routeMarkers[i].getMap())
			{
				routePoints.push(routeMarkers[i].getPosition());
			}
		}
	}
	
	if ((bool_toggle_draw_line)&&(routePoints.length>1))
	{
		routePath=getRoutePath();
		routePath.setMap(map);
	}
	else
	{
		if (routePath)
		routePath.setMap(null);
	}	
}

function getRoutePath()
{
	var routePath = new google.maps.Polyline({
		path: routePoints,
		strokeColor: lineColor,
		strokeOpacity: 1.0,
		strokeWeight: lineWidth,
		geodesic: true
	});
	return routePath;
}

Relevant Links

Google Maps API

Version History

  • Version 1 (28/09/2008)
  • Version 1.1 (28/12/2008)
    • Added quick find option
  • Version 1.2 (21/03/2009)
    • Enlarged output text at bottom of map
  • Version 1.3 (04/12/2009)
    • Output now also displayed in feet
  • Version 2.0 (10/08/2010)
  • Version 2.1 (11/08/2010)
    • Added new local search facility
    • Brought back output in feet
  • Version 2.2 (17/08/2010)
    • Added output to CSV option to allow export of latitude, longitude, meters and feet
  • Version 2.3 (31/08/2011)
    • Now outputs altitude immediatly from a search
  • Version 2.4 (07/10/2013)
    • Added scale control
  • Version 2.4 (10/11/2013)
    • Removed Google Local Search API (Deprecated)
  • Version 3.0 (23/11/2013) - You are here
    • Added option to Upload and Plot Addresses with their elevation
  • Version 3.1 (26/10/2015)
    • New option to draw a line between the markers
  • Version 3.2 (18/08/2016)
    • Cumulative distance is now output
  • Version 3.3 (16/10/2016)
    • Clicking on an elevation marker now removes it

Comments For This Page

Hello
It worked well at first, but tonight when I was trying to drop a marker by clicking with mouse, a message appears saying "Elevation service failed due to: OVER_QUERY_LIMIT".
So what's wrong with it? Is it an error from me or from this service?
I need help because I really need this important tool.
By amohy on 20th July 2017
I have a slightly different situation. If I am seeing a fire on a nearby mountain side. I want to know the lat, lon and altitude of the fire. I have a surveying instrument set up on a known point in my yard. I see a fire burning at a true azimuth of 56 degrees, 30 minutes 35 seconds. I am at 802 meters asl, lat 48.782709, -117.288198. This is based on a real fire that I called in to emergency services. I had just shot polaris the previous night and was trying to determine the offset of polaris at the time of observation to my true north marker.

On 19th July 2017
Drawing on a map with a mouse is OK but what I am looking for is a way to tell the lat, lon and elevation of a distant point by inputting the starting location (lat, lon, elevation above sea level) and then moving out on a specified azimuth at a specified elevation angle. Sort of like if I am at 48.221, -117.2887 at 892 meters above sea level and I take my 5 mw green laser and point it at 46 degrees azimuth at an inclination of 15 degrees the spot on the hill side will be at xxx lat, yyy lon zzz elevation above sea level.
By sunwukong on 17th July 2017
Hi Russell, this page simply shows how to achieve the same functionality on another webpage. There is no effort made to explain how to use it in any other way such as with Python . Sorry.
By Daft Logic on 17th July 2017
Hi
Can I use your program in Python and if so how do I input it into Python. Very new to this as you can see!
I do a lot of route assessments in Africa for mining and oil and gas companies and have been looking for a way to get elevation data from Lat Long co-ordinates.
By Russell Knight on 15th July 2017
Hi Ben, Have a look at replies to previous comments that use the two terms 'datum' and 'thanks'.
By Daft Logic on 13th July 2017
What vertical datum is referenced for elevation? NAVD88? I see two previous requests for this information without a response.
By Ben on 13th July 2017
Very good tool!
By Sara on 2nd July 2017
Your map is telling me that the altitude in the middle of the Atlantic ocean is -16.000 ft.
IE:
number,latitude,longitude,meters,feet
01,38.50519140240356,-39.781494140625,-4880.426,-16011.897

I'd say you have a serious error.
By halglas**fl.rr.com on 23rd June 2017
Slick tool! Just one thing: Your tool indicates ELEVATION. It does NOT indicate ALTITUDE.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elevation
"ELEVATION, or geometric height, is mainly used when referring to points on the Earth's surface, while ALTITUDE or geopotential height is used for points above the surface, such as an aircraft in flight or a spacecraft in orbit."

By Terminology Police on 14th June 2017

Sincerely congratulations to the program, I am a technically qualified graduate and fond of level curves. I'm making the plastic for the medieval medieval village where I live (Motta Santa Anastasia, Catania, Sicily, Italy) and even having a detailed altitude map your program is very useful. Obviously I need some other useful points in the world, so I wonder if there is a apple app for course also for payment .... Thanksgiving
salve! sinceri complimenti per il programma, sono diplomato tecnico geometra ed appassionato di curve di livello. Sto realizzando il plastico per il bel borgo medioevale dove abito (Motta Santa Anastasia, Catania, Sicilia,Italia) e pur avendo una mappa dettagliata di altitudine il vostro programma molto utile. Ovviamente mi serve per altri punti utili nel mondo, per questo vi chiedo se c' una applicazione per apple ovviamente anche a pagamento.... .Cordiali saluti
By ENZO GIOITTA gioitta.enzo@alic on 13th June 2017
Hi Bill, the elevation is based on mean sea level, so without know exactly where you sampled the elevation, there is a chance the image shows the tide in.
By Daft Logic on 15th May 2017

when checking elevations it seems if you select the height over water , example in long island off New Haven / West Haven CT. it shows about 4.8 feet. I thought it would be zero until on shore.
By Bill on 14th May 2017
Hi, no it would be the ground level elevation that gets estimated.
By Daft Logic on 2nd May 2017
When I click on a house, does the altitude including height of the house?

Thanks,
On 1st May 2017
Great tool. Thanks!
On 22nd April 2017
Hi, we do have limits on this shared service so from time to time this will happen. It will run again the following day. We will monitor this to check the frequency of this message.
By Daft Logic on 16th February 2017
Hello, Great site, and very helpful for our needs but now I am also being blocked from using the program with a message of "Elevation service failed due to: OVER_QUERY_LIMIT" Please explain. Thanks.
On 15th February 2017
What does the message OVER_QUERY_LIMIT mean?
I've been using this website successfully for many months but now get this message every time for whatever Town/City I input.

Ciao

Peter
On 15th February 2017
Hi, it uses WGS 84 [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Geodetic_System]
By Daft Logic on 11th January 2017
What coordinate system does this program use? e.g. WGS 84, WGS 84 / UTM zone 12N, WGS 84 / World Mercator, etc.
I am using these coordinates as Ground Control Points (GCPs) to generate a 3D map, so I need the coordinate system so the program can interpret and place them correctly.
Thank you.

On 11th January 2017
Hi, can you give some more details please? What are the issues?
By Daft Logic on 7th December 2016
Unfortunately this web page does not show geographical locations properly.


On 7th December 2016
Hi, unfortunately there is no figure to give you to define the accuracy. All that can be said is it is only an estimate.
By Daft Logic on 25th November 2016
Hello Daft Logic,

Thanks for the tool, it's great !
I would need to estimate the accuracy of the result. How could I get that ?

Thanks for your answer,
Best regards,

Baptiste
By Baptiste on 25th November 2016
Phil, this has now been added as a new feature
By Daft Logic on 16th October 2016
It would really be nice to be able to move and/or remove a data point when one is accidentally placed.

Thanks for this application, it will really help me with my project.
By Phil on 15th October 2016
This really helped with my Geology project.
By Madi on 26th September 2016
How accurate is this height level measurement?
By Vicki Houston on 22nd August 2016
Gary, there is now a cumulative distance output on this page.
By Daft Logic on 18th August 2016

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