I didn't see any mention for measure tool in OL 3 API. Is there an alternative / a way to use a measure tool (line & area) with OL 3 ?

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Measuring is easily accomplished with an ol.interaction.Draw on the application level. See https://openlayers.org/en/latest/examples/measure.html for the official example demonstrating this. OpenLayers has functions for measuring on a sphere in the ol/sphere module:

import {getLength, getArea} from 'ol/sphere.js';

const lineStringLength = getLength(lineString);
const polygonArea = getArea(polygon);
  • distances at poles are less than what is seen on a planar map. the example does not count this. any help? Jun 15, 2023 at 10:56
  • I just updated the example link and added example code to encourage use of the spherical getLength() and getArea() functions, which solve this problem.
    – ahocevar
    Jun 16, 2023 at 13:13

In openlayers 3 or newer versions, there is no inbuilt measure tool. You have to create it from scratch in OpenLayers. Go through following link to learn how you can create such tool.

Create a DynamicMeasurement tool in OpenLayers to show measurements on labels that follow changing geometry

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link seems broken here is working link .



The latest example for ol-measurments: https://openlayers.org/en/latest/examples/measure.html

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