My map projection is: "EPSG:900913", display projection is "EPSG:4326" and units is "m", however does not equal the length in Direction/length with the length is calculated in measuring in OpenLayers, in fact OpenLayers show the length more than the actual length when I use measure control. I've set the option geodesic: true to my measure control.

For example:

the enter length is: 100m


the length after measuring is: 85.29m

length of line

Define measure control:

 measureLine = new OpenLayers.Control.DynamicMeasure(OpenLayers.Handler.Path);
measureLine.geodesic = true;

function insertDirectionLength(drawType) {
    var values = parseInput(
            "Enter direction and length offset values for new point (e.g. '-45, 10')", "direction, length"
     if (values != null) {
         var controlKey,key;
         for (key in controls) {
             controlKey = controls[key];
             if (drawType == key) {
                  controlKey.insertDirectionLength(values[0], values[1]);

How to resolve this problem?

  • 1
    You're using Mercator for length and comparing with great circle on a sphere?
    – Vince
    Commented Oct 25, 2015 at 22:31
  • Similar to gis.stackexchange.com/questions/48142/… (which is itself a duplicate)
    – Vince
    Commented Oct 25, 2015 at 22:32
  • @Vince No, My question is different!!!
    – Samane
    Commented Oct 27, 2015 at 5:48
  • 2
    Let me guess--the line is around latitude +/-31.5 degrees?
    – mkennedy
    Commented Jan 6, 2016 at 19:56
  • 1
    Every time someone says EPSG:900913 it makes @mkennedy eyes twitch. Please use code EPSG:3857 instead.
    – Mintx
    Commented Jan 8, 2016 at 14:46

1 Answer 1


My map projection is: "EPSG:900913" ,Display projection is "EPSG:4326"

I believe this is the crux of your problem. It looks like you are drawing in EPSG:900913 EPSG:3857 and you are measuring in EPSG:4326.

The Pseudo-Mercator projection is notoriously bad at calculating/drawing distances, so I would not use this projection for that kind of work.

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