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.
Attention! Google started to charge developers for Map API requests, which means the old script might not work very well anymore. But there is already an alternative radius tool that makes use of the Open Street Map API.
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.
- 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.
- A radius is simply added with a left-click, and removable with a right-click.
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! If you thought the article was helpful, you can also help me by sharing it!