Navigation Functions (Heading)

This example demonstrates computing the heading between two coordinates using the Geometry library. Drag the markers on the map to see the origin, destination and heading change accordingly.

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TypeScript

// This example requires the Geometry library. Include the libraries=geometry
// parameter when you first load the API. For example:
// <script src="https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/js?key=YOUR_API_KEY&libraries=geometry">

let marker1: google.maps.Marker, marker2: google.maps.Marker;
let poly: google.maps.Polyline, geodesicPoly: google.maps.Polyline;

function initMap(): void {
  const map = new google.maps.Map(
    document.getElementById("map") as HTMLElement,
    {
      zoom: 4,
      center: { lat: 34, lng: -40.605 },
    }
  );

  map.controls[google.maps.ControlPosition.TOP_CENTER].push(
    document.getElementById("info") as HTMLElement
  );

  marker1 = new google.maps.Marker({
    map,
    draggable: true,
    position: { lat: 40.714, lng: -74.006 },
  });

  marker2 = new google.maps.Marker({
    map,
    draggable: true,
    position: { lat: 48.857, lng: 2.352 },
  });

  const bounds = new google.maps.LatLngBounds(
    marker1.getPosition() as google.maps.LatLng,
    marker2.getPosition() as google.maps.LatLng
  );

  map.fitBounds(bounds);

  google.maps.event.addListener(marker1, "position_changed", update);
  google.maps.event.addListener(marker2, "position_changed", update);

  poly = new google.maps.Polyline({
    strokeColor: "#FF0000",
    strokeOpacity: 1.0,
    strokeWeight: 3,
    map: map,
  });

  geodesicPoly = new google.maps.Polyline({
    strokeColor: "#CC0099",
    strokeOpacity: 1.0,
    strokeWeight: 3,
    geodesic: true,
    map: map,
  });

  update();
}

function update() {
  const path = [
    marker1.getPosition() as google.maps.LatLng,
    marker2.getPosition() as google.maps.LatLng,
  ];

  poly.setPath(path);
  geodesicPoly.setPath(path);

  const heading = google.maps.geometry.spherical.computeHeading(
    path[0],
    path[1]
  );

  (document.getElementById("heading") as HTMLInputElement).value =
    String(heading);
  (document.getElementById("origin") as HTMLInputElement).value = String(
    path[0]
  );
  (document.getElementById("destination") as HTMLInputElement).value = String(
    path[1]
  );
}

JavaScript

// This example requires the Geometry library. Include the libraries=geometry
// parameter when you first load the API. For example:
// <script src="https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/js?key=YOUR_API_KEY&libraries=geometry">
let marker1, marker2;
let poly, geodesicPoly;

function initMap() {
  const map = new google.maps.Map(document.getElementById("map"), {
    zoom: 4,
    center: { lat: 34, lng: -40.605 },
  });

  map.controls[google.maps.ControlPosition.TOP_CENTER].push(
    document.getElementById("info")
  );
  marker1 = new google.maps.Marker({
    map,
    draggable: true,
    position: { lat: 40.714, lng: -74.006 },
  });
  marker2 = new google.maps.Marker({
    map,
    draggable: true,
    position: { lat: 48.857, lng: 2.352 },
  });

  const bounds = new google.maps.LatLngBounds(
    marker1.getPosition(),
    marker2.getPosition()
  );

  map.fitBounds(bounds);
  google.maps.event.addListener(marker1, "position_changed", update);
  google.maps.event.addListener(marker2, "position_changed", update);
  poly = new google.maps.Polyline({
    strokeColor: "#FF0000",
    strokeOpacity: 1.0,
    strokeWeight: 3,
    map: map,
  });
  geodesicPoly = new google.maps.Polyline({
    strokeColor: "#CC0099",
    strokeOpacity: 1.0,
    strokeWeight: 3,
    geodesic: true,
    map: map,
  });
  update();
}

function update() {
  const path = [marker1.getPosition(), marker2.getPosition()];

  poly.setPath(path);
  geodesicPoly.setPath(path);

  const heading = google.maps.geometry.spherical.computeHeading(
    path[0],
    path[1]
  );

  document.getElementById("heading").value = String(heading);
  document.getElementById("origin").value = String(path[0]);
  document.getElementById("destination").value = String(path[1]);
}

CSS

/* Always set the map height explicitly to define the size of the div
       * element that contains the map. */
#map {
  height: 100%;
}

/* Optional: Makes the sample page fill the window. */
html,
body {
  height: 100%;
  margin: 0;
  padding: 0;
}

#floating-panel {
  position: absolute;
  top: 10px;
  left: 25%;
  z-index: 5;
  background-color: #fff;
  padding: 5px;
  border: 1px solid #999;
  text-align: center;
  font-family: "Roboto", "sans-serif";
  line-height: 30px;
  padding-left: 10px;
}

HTML

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
  <head>
    <title>Navigation Functions (Heading)</title>
    <script src="https://polyfill.io/v3/polyfill.min.js?features=default"></script>
    <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="./style.css" />
    <script src="./index.js"></script>
  </head>
  <body>
    <div id="map"></div>
    <div id="floating-panel">
      Origin: <input type="text" readonly id="origin" /> Destination:
      <input type="text" readonly id="destination" /><br />
      Heading: <input type="text" readonly id="heading" /> degrees
    </div>

    <!-- Async script executes immediately and must be after any DOM elements used in callback. -->
    <script
      src="https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/js?key=YOUR_API_KEY&callback=initMap&libraries=geometry&v=weekly"
      async
    ></script>
  </body>
</html>
// This example requires the Geometry library. Include the libraries=geometry // parameter when you first load the API. For example: // <script src="https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/js?key=AIzaSyB41DRUbKWJHPxaFjMAwdrzWzbVKartNGg&libraries=geometry"> let marker1, marker2; let poly, geodesicPoly; function initMap() { const map = new google.maps.Map(document.getElementById("map"), { zoom: 4, center: { lat: 34, lng: -40.605 }, }); map.controls[google.maps.ControlPosition.TOP_CENTER].push( document.getElementById("info") ); marker1 = new google.maps.Marker({ map, draggable: true, position: { lat: 40.714, lng: -74.006 }, }); marker2 = new google.maps.Marker({ map, draggable: true, position: { lat: 48.857, lng: 2.352 }, }); const bounds = new google.maps.LatLngBounds( marker1.getPosition(), marker2.getPosition() ); map.fitBounds(bounds); google.maps.event.addListener(marker1, "position_changed", update); google.maps.event.addListener(marker2, "position_changed", update); poly = new google.maps.Polyline({ strokeColor: "#FF0000", strokeOpacity: 1.0, strokeWeight: 3, map: map, }); geodesicPoly = new google.maps.Polyline({ strokeColor: "#CC0099", strokeOpacity: 1.0, strokeWeight: 3, geodesic: true, map: map, }); update(); } function update() { const path = [marker1.getPosition(), marker2.getPosition()]; poly.setPath(path); geodesicPoly.setPath(path); const heading = google.maps.geometry.spherical.computeHeading( path[0], path[1] ); document.getElementById("heading").value = String(heading); document.getElementById("origin").value = String(path[0]); document.getElementById("destination").value = String(path[1]); }
/* Always set the map height explicitly to define the size of the div * element that contains the map. */ #map { height: 100%; } /* Optional: Makes the sample page fill the window. */ html, body { height: 100%; margin: 0; padding: 0; } #floating-panel { position: absolute; top: 10px; left: 25%; z-index: 5; background-color: #fff; padding: 5px; border: 1px solid #999; text-align: center; font-family: "Roboto", "sans-serif"; line-height: 30px; padding-left: 10px; }
<!DOCTYPE html> <html> <head> <title>Navigation Functions (Heading)</title> <script src="https://polyfill.io/v3/polyfill.min.js?features=default"></script> <!-- jsFiddle will insert css and js --> </head> <body> <div id="map"></div> <div id="floating-panel"> Origin: <input type="text" readonly id="origin" /> Destination: <input type="text" readonly id="destination" /><br /> Heading: <input type="text" readonly id="heading" /> degrees </div> <!-- Async script executes immediately and must be after any DOM elements used in callback. --> <script src="https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/js?key=AIzaSyB41DRUbKWJHPxaFjMAwdrzWzbVKartNGg&callback=initMap&libraries=geometry&v=weekly&channel=2" async ></script> </body> </html>

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Clone Sample

Git and Node.js are required to run this sample locally. Follow these instructions to install Node.js and NPM. The following commands clone, install dependencies and start the sample application.

  git clone -b sample-geometry-headings https://github.com/googlemaps/js-samples.git
  cd js-samples
  npm i
  npm start

Other samples can be tried by switching to any branch beginning with sample-SAMPLE_NAME.

  git checkout sample-SAMPLE_NAME
  npm i
  npm start