Range rings depicting distances from known location near airport.

Distance and Direction components allow analysts to quickly create multiple types of graphics to aid in decision making. Analyst have the ability to:

  • Create geodesic lines, circles, and ellipses
  • Create features with known parameters or by interacting with the map
  • Calculate distance traveled based on time and rate
  • Create Range Rings


The Distance and Direction components require specific technical experience and software. Minimum system requirements for the ArcGIS Platform can be found on the Support website.

The Distance and Direction Tools are supported on:

Requirement Description
  • Working with ArcGIS Web AppBuilder widgets in Portal for ArcGIS and Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS
  • Working with Widgets in Portal for ArcGIS and Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS
  • Basic ArcGIS Pro, including editing features
  • Basic ArcGIS for Desktop, including editing features in ArcMap
  • ArcGIS Pro
  • ArcGIS for Desktop
  • Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS

What you get

Distance and Direction Tools include the following:

Application Folder Items
ArcMap 10.3.1 - 10.5 Distance and Direction in ArcMap
  • DistanceDirection.esriAddin
  • Documentation.pdf
  • readme.txt
  • ArcGIS Pro 1.4 Distance and Direction in ArcGIS Pro
  • DistanceDirection.esriAddinX
  • Documentation.pdf
  • readme.txt
  • Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS 2.2 (Developer Edition) Distance and Direction in WAB DE
  • Widget Folder
  • Documentation.pdf
  • readme.txt
  • What's new

    Below are the release notes for Distance and Direction. If you need support, please contact Esri Support Services. If you'd like to get help from other defense community members, post your question on GeoNet.

    Date Description
    February 2017
    • Supports ArcGIS Pro 1.4
    • Supports ArcMap 10.3.1 to 10.5
    • Supports Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS 2.2 (Developer Edition)

    Known Issues

    At ArcGIS Pro 1.3, there is no support for Geodesic Lines. All lines drawn will actually render as loxodrome (straight lines). In addition, radials created with range rings render as straight lines, not geodesic lines.

    Get started with Distance and Direction in ArcMap, ArcGIS Pro, or Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS.

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