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How To Draw A Radius Around A Google Maps Location

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How To Use A Google Maps Radius Tool

As someone who likes both, Google Maps and hiking, I wanted to find a way to draw a radius circle around a location in Google Maps to show a distance from that point in all directions. I was surprised that Google doesn’t offer such a nifty feature in the Maps Tool. If you are looking for a Google Maps radius tool as well, don’t worry, there is still a way to do this. It’s just not a supported feature, but there is a developer called Oliver Beattie who created a tool to draw circles of a given radius on top of the Google map, simply load this Map instead.

What You Need To Know About The Radius Tool

  • The tool loads the map data from Google Maps, that means it’s just the same but with the radius ring feature added on top.
  • You can not only draw one circle, you can draw several circles on the map, not just one.
  • The site allows you to change the radius value.
  • It supports different units, for example miles, nautical miles, kilometers, metres, feet, inches, yards and a few other units.
  • You can enable a terrain mode for the standard map and you can disable the map labels when using the satellite map.
  • Adding a radius is simply done with a left-click, and removable with a right-click.

Last Words

I hope this article was helpful enough and you like to use it too. Since hiking is probably not the only reason why someone would like to show radius around a point on the map, let me know in the comment section why you wanted to find a radius tool for Google Maps. I am curious, so drop a comment below!

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6 Comments »

  1. This tool helped me in my project where I had to find educational institutions falling in 5km radius from a particular point. Thank u so much for explaining this wonderful tool.

  2. It starts in London. Typing the address in the thing at at the top does nothing. I travelled around to by dragging around to Pennsylvania and clicked a blue circle came up but it was not accurately 35 miles. And if it was off by one or two I could live with that but it was off by 13 miles. We are trying to develop a tool for our customers to see if they are in our delivery “circle” and being off by 13 miles is fairly significant.

    • The map search bar works for me. Not sure why this is not working for you. I am not used to miles, but the kilometer radius seemed to be fairly accurate when I tested it. If you think you spotted some issues of bugs, you migth want to contact the developer of the tool, maybe there are some unknown bugs: https://twitter.com/obeattie

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