I need to create a map with the Import and Export Flux between countries. I have the needed data in my table. But I wish to know if there is any tool or extension which will allow me to create those lines or arrows automatically (similar to how we do with labels, but those create words, which organize themselves in the Data Frame).

For that all I should do is to indicate lineament of origin and destination, representing the seaports.

I need to do something like this, but with arrows:

Sample Flux Map

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    If you have say 100 countries importing from and exporting to each other don't you potentially have a LOT of lines to represent on your map? I'm +1-ing your question to try and give you enough rep to post a picture of what you are trying to achieve.
    – PolyGeo
    Sep 10, 2013 at 22:53
  • Nando, eles querem um esboço do que tu estás querendo. Podes fazer um e postar editando a questão. Só me passar a imagem e eu faço isso pra ti.
    – NaN
    Sep 11, 2013 at 14:05
  • Take a look at the other questions that have the flow tag. A lot of similar questions out there, such as How to create a trade flow map in Arcgis or any free software Sep 11, 2013 at 15:01
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    – user51860
    May 10, 2015 at 13:26

2 Answers 2


There is a distributive flow tool available in the applications prototype lab.
Here is a blog and some links and data.
Even if you are not looking for this.
I like it so here.
Dist flow

Credit: Brad Simantel
With your edit addition to the question I will add this link for placing line decorations with code.
If you desire more help on using arrows add to your question and I can provide some detail.

  • Fantastic! This is quite elegant.
    – NaN
    Sep 11, 2013 at 14:08
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    This tool is very interesting, but I need to represent direct flows. In the figure above flows are mixed in the way. Sep 11, 2013 at 15:48
  • I have not been through the exercise provided but I think they are all single lines that offset parallel when they are coincident in origin or destination. The example shows 1 destination. perhaps with multiple destination you would get the results you are looking for. Also you can use line decorations to create arrows (however not sure how it would work with this solution).
    – Brad Nesom
    Sep 11, 2013 at 19:18

I think what you want could be found in this Esri blog post called Creating radial flow maps with ArcGIS

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