Add-on to draw geodesic lines with leaflet
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Add-on for Leaflet to draw geodesic lines and great circles. A geodesic line is the shortest path between two given positions on the earth surface. Wrapping at lng=180° is handled correctly. The master branch is compatible with Leaflet v1.0.0+. For older versions see below.

Leaflet.Geodesic Screenshot

It is based on geodesy by Chris Veness that gives extremely precise results.



Leaflet.Geodesic can be used similar to Leaflet's Polyline.

Legacy Branch for Leaflet v0.7.7 and before

Please look at the branch legacy to use Leaflet.Geodesic with Leaflet v0.7.7 and before. The master branch can only be used with Leaflet v1.0.0+.


L.geodesic( <LatLng[][]> latlngs, <Geodesic options> options? )


Geodesic has the following options:

Option Type Default Description
steps Number 10 Defines how many intermediate points are generated along the path. More steps mean a smoother path.
color String blue Stroke color.
wrap Boolean true Wrap line at map border (date line). Set to 'false' if you want lines to cross the dateline (experimental, see noWrap-example on how to use)

All options of Leaflet's Polyline can be used as well.


You need to add the plugin in your html file after the leaflet file

<script src="leaflet.js"></script>
<script src="Leaflet.Geodesic.js"></script>

This code creates an empty Geodesic object:

var Geodesic = L.geodesic([], {
    weight: 7, 
    opacity: 0.5,
    color: 'blue',
    steps: 50

To actually draw a line, we need to create and set the coordinates of our geodesic line:

var berlin = new L.LatLng(52.5, 13.35); 
var losangeles = new L.LatLng(33.82, -118.38);

Geodesic.setLatLngs([[berlin, losangeles]]);

A geodesic line can have more than two Points:

var berlin = new L.LatLng(52.5, 13.35); 
var losangeles = new L.LatLng(33.82, -118.38);
var capetown = new L.LatLng(-33.91, 18.41);

Geodesic.setLatLngs([[berlin, losangeles, capetown]]);

You can also draw independent lines within one geodesic object:

var berlin = new L.LatLng(52.5, 13.35); 
var losangeles = new L.LatLng(33.82, -118.38);
var capetown = new L.LatLng(-33.91, 18.41);
var sydney = new L.LatLng(-33.91, 151.08);

Geodesic.setLatLngs([[berlin, losangeles], [capetown, sydney]]);

Create geodesic objects from geoJSON:

contributed by prodrigestivill. To control its behavior it has been added 3 properties per each GeoJSON features:

Option Type Default Description
geodesic boolean false To specify which are geodesic lines or not (default is false). So if disabled will use the original code from Leaflet.
geodesic_steps number 10 To specify the steps to use (same as steps option in the plugin).
geodesic_wrap boolean true To specify the steps to use (same as wrap option in the plugin).
var geojson = {
  "type": "FeatureCollection",
  "features": [
      "type": "Feature",
      "properties": {
        "geodesic": "true",
        "geodesic_steps": 50,
        "geodesic_wrap": "true"
      "geometry": {
        "type": "LineString",
        "coordinates": [
          [-69.9609375, 29.22889003019423],
          [26.71875, 65.6582745198266],
          [99.49218749999999, -12.211180191503985]

var layer_geojson = L.geoJson(geojson).addTo(map);

Please refer to the provided examples for additional information on how to use geodesic lines.


Q: How can I use a custom icon with leaflet?


Q: I want to draw only part (eg. halfway) of a geodesic line between two places?