Android - Driving Direction (Route Path)


The DrivingDirection package (com.google.googlenav.DrivingDirection) is removed since Android SDK 1.1. However, in this article, I will show you how to adopt driving direction function in MapView object without the DrivingDirection package.

地圖駕駛導航的功能在Android SDK 1.1以後已經被移除,不過這篇文章我將會展示如何在沒有DrivingDirection這個package的情況下,依然可以使用駕駛導航的功能,必且顯示在MapView物件。

1. Prepare the map resource and Internet accessibility.

1.1 Open the main.xml file in layout directory, and add a map reource in the file.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
android:apiKey="0mRN-6bSm63hZJtPZSmcjoZAzdCztLnZv-O4SZw" android:layout_y="105px">

1.1.1 You have to apply a android map api key for your computer. Find the debug.keystore path in Eclpise(Window->Rreferences).


1.1.2 In cmd console, type

keytool -list -alias androiddebugkey -keystore "C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\
Android\debug.keystore" -storepass android -keypass android

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1.1.3 Go to http://code.google.com/intl/zh-TW/android/maps-api-signup.html ,type your MD5 fingerprint, so that you can get the map api key as follow.

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1.2 Open AndroidManifest.xml, add
<uses-library android:name="com.google.android.maps"/>
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET" />

Therefore, the file would be something like:


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<manifest xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
<application android:icon="@drawable/icon" android:label="@string/app_name">
<activity android:name=".RoutePath"
<action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />
<category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />
<uses-library android:name="com.google.android.maps"/>
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET" />

2. Draw the route path in your map.

2.1 Get KML route file from google.
For a normal user, the google maps help them get the route path in map figures. However, we would like to get the KML file of the route path. I found a parameter in the google map URL controls the output type.

  • output= Output format (blank (default) is a standard webpage for user)
  • output=html Uses the old style Google Local page format from before it merged with Google Maps, with the small map and large sidebar.
  • output=js Outputs JavaScript object literals and function calls used by Google Maps, including encoded polyline data for driving directions, and stage information in HTML format.
  • output=kml Outputs a KML file containing information representing the current map. (works with Normal Searches, Directions and MyMaps)
  • output=nl Outputs a small KML file containing a NetworkLink wrapper linking to a URL from which Google Earth and Google Maps can obtain the information (only known to work with MyMaps).
  • output=embed Outputs HTML suitable for embedding in third party sites, only works with the presence of the encrypted s= param, presumably to stop arbitrary content being included.
  • output=dragdir returns a JSON object that contains the reverse geocode and a an encoded polyline for a given saddr (start point of the route) and daddr (endpoint of the route)
  • output=georss (Geo)RSS output for the current map - probably only MyMaps

And the latitude and longitude of source and destination are determined by saddr and daddr parameter, respectively.

For example, a route KML file can be accessed through this URL:

In the KML file, each point in the route path is shown in terms of (longitude, latitude, heigth).

2.2 Create DrawPath(…) in your activity. This function do the following procedure.

a) Building the URL from src and dest.
b) Connecting to the URL and create a DocumentBuilder to parse the KML file.

c) Split each point in the path and draw each the line on the mMapView01.


private void DrawPath(GeoPoint src,GeoPoint dest, int color, MapView mMapView01)
// connect to map web service
StringBuilder urlString = new StringBuilder();
urlString.append( Double.toString((double)src.getLatitudeE6()/1.0E6 ));
urlString.append( Double.toString((double)src.getLongitudeE6()/1.0E6 ));
urlString.append( Double.toString((double)dest.getLatitudeE6()/1.0E6 ));
urlString.append( Double.toString((double)dest.getLongitudeE6()/1.0E6 ));
// get the kml (XML) doc. And parse it to get the coordinates(direction route).
Document doc = null;
HttpURLConnection urlConnection= null;
URL url = null;
url = new URL(urlString.toString());

DocumentBuilderFactory dbf = DocumentBuilderFactory.newInstance();
DocumentBuilder db = dbf.newDocumentBuilder();
doc = db.parse(urlConnection.getInputStream());

//String path = doc.getElementsByTagName("GeometryCollection").item(0).getFirstChild().getFirstChild().getNodeName();
String path = doc.getElementsByTagName("GeometryCollection").item(0).getFirstChild().getFirstChild().getFirstChild().getNodeValue() ;
Log.d("xxx","path="+ path);
String [] pairs = path.split(" ");
String[] lngLat = pairs[0].split(","); // lngLat[0]=longitude lngLat[1]=latitude lngLat[2]=height
// src
GeoPoint startGP = new GeoPoint((int)(Double.parseDouble(lngLat[1])*1E6),(int)(Double.parseDouble(lngLat[0])*1E6));
mMapView01.getOverlays().add(new MyOverLay(startGP,startGP,1));
GeoPoint gp1;
GeoPoint gp2 = startGP;
for(int i=1;i<pairs.length;i++) // the last one would be crash
lngLat = pairs[i].split(",");
gp1 = gp2;
// watch out! For GeoPoint, first:latitude, second:longitude
gp2 = new GeoPoint((int)(Double.parseDouble(lngLat[1])*1E6),(int)(Double.parseDouble(lngLat[0])*1E6));
mMapView01.getOverlays().add(new MyOverLay(gp1,gp2,2,color));
Log.d("xxx","pair:" + pairs[i]);
mMapView01.getOverlays().add(new MyOverLay(dest,dest, 3)); // use the default color
catch (MalformedURLException e)
catch (IOException e)
catch (ParserConfigurationException e)
catch (SAXException e)

2.3 Adding MyOverlay class – Drawing the points and lines on the ViewMap.


package com.goolge;

import android.graphics.Bitmap;
import android.graphics.Canvas;
import android.graphics.Color;
import android.graphics.Paint;
import android.graphics.Point;
import android.graphics.RectF;
import com.google.android.maps.GeoPoint;
import com.google.android.maps.MapView;
import com.google.android.maps.Overlay;
import com.google.android.maps.Projection;

public class MyOverLay extends Overlay
private GeoPoint gp1;
private GeoPoint gp2;
private int mRadius=6;
private int mode=0;
private int defaultColor;
private String text="";
private Bitmap img = null;

public MyOverLay(GeoPoint gp1,GeoPoint gp2,int mode) // GeoPoint is a int. (6E)
this.gp1 = gp1;
this.gp2 = gp2;
this.mode = mode;
defaultColor = 999; // no defaultColor


public MyOverLay(GeoPoint gp1,GeoPoint gp2,int mode, int defaultColor)
this.gp1 = gp1;
this.gp2 = gp2;
this.mode = mode;
this.defaultColor = defaultColor;
public void setText(String t)
this.text = t;
public void setBitmap(Bitmap bitmap)
this.img = bitmap;
public int getMode()
return mode;

public boolean draw
(Canvas canvas, MapView mapView, boolean shadow, long when)
Projection projection = mapView.getProjection();
if (shadow == false)
Paint paint = new Paint();
Point point = new Point();
projection.toPixels(gp1, point);
// mode=1&#65306;start
RectF oval=new RectF(point.x - mRadius, point.y - mRadius,
point.x + mRadius, point.y + mRadius);
// start point
canvas.drawOval(oval, paint);
// mode=2&#65306;path
else if(mode==2)
Point point2 = new Point();
projection.toPixels(gp2, point2);
canvas.drawLine(point.x, point.y, point2.x,point2.y, paint);
/* mode=3&#65306;end */
else if(mode==3)
/* the last path */

Point point2 = new Point();
projection.toPixels(gp2, point2);
canvas.drawLine(point.x, point.y, point2.x,point2.y, paint);
RectF oval=new RectF(point2.x - mRadius,point2.y - mRadius,
point2.x + mRadius,point2.y + mRadius);
/* end point */
canvas.drawOval(oval, paint);
return super.draw(canvas, mapView, shadow, when);



3. How to use DrawPath(…) function in your activity.

3.1 Your activity must extends MapActivity, instead of Activity.


ublic class RoutePath extends MapActivity {
/** Called when the activity is first created. */

MapView mapView;

public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

MapView mapView = (MapView) findViewById(R.id.myMapView1);
double src_lat = 25.04202; // the testing source
double src_long = 121.534761;
double dest_lat = 25.05202; // the testing destination
double dest_long = 121.554761;
GeoPoint srcGeoPoint = new GeoPoint((int) (src_lat * 1E6),
(int) (src_long * 1E6));
GeoPoint destGeoPoint = new GeoPoint((int) (dest_lat * 1E6),
(int) (dest_long * 1E6));

DrawPath(srcGeoPoint, destGeoPoint, Color.GREEN, mapView);



protected boolean isRouteDisplayed() {
// TODO Auto-generated method stub
return false;

private void DrawPath(GeoPoint src, GeoPoint dest, int color,
MapView mMapView01) {

// code in section 2.2



3.2 The screenshot

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HTC G1: Actually, the driving direction is just one of the function of our project. Our project is so-called Dynamic ridesharing.

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4. Trouble Shooting

When the program is executed, we can observe the logcat in Eclipse to see if the parsing procedure works properly or not. If there is no path shown on the map, you should check if the distance of source and destination is too long(e.g., from Taiwan to Japan). No routing path will be shown in this case.
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To enable the logcat, please refer to:

5. Source code

Download here http://www.mediafire.com/?tlfshkkq58l38p1#

or http://webtoolplus.com/downloads/RoutePath.zip.

Please let me know if it's broken.

6. References

[1] Google Map Parameters:
[2] Enable Android log:
[3] Setup the Android (Trad. Chinese):
[4] Android – Update current location by LocationProvider

61 則留言:

匿名 提到...

This is very nice. I try your code, but I got an IOException when calling getInputStream from HttpURLConnection. Have you ran into this issue before?

Tommy 提到...

Hey, I guess the sth wrong in URL.
Use logcat to see the URL.

匿名 提到...

So, I Log.d the URL to logcat. But when I copy and paste the URL from the logcat, it does ask you to open the KML file which means the URL is correct. do you have any idea?

Tommy 提到...

show me URL,please

匿名 提到...

Hi Tommy, What I found out is if the kml file is over 40K. Then you will have the same issue. If I use exactly the same URL you used in your code, then it works.

Tommy 提到...

Hey guy,
please refer to section 4 for this issue. Thanks for the feedback.
By the way, r u a student?

匿名 提到...

Hey, your tutorial is very good, but I want know if you know how can show info window of a position in a mapview into android.

answers to blopad14@gmail.com

thank you

Tommy 提到...

do u mean the longitude and latitude?

匿名 提到...

I'll give you a hint:
the String in the Android environment is limited to 32 KiB of length. So, you better download it partially and store the relevant data into an ArrayList as this one stores the data in an ordered way. This one of the ways to get behind this limitation factor.
I came accross this limitation as I wrote an application with upload/download services. Though a byte [] for example can hold more than 32 KiB!

匿名 提到...

hi tommy,
does your code can detect your "from" location dynamic?and update your route?


Tommy 提到...

Hi, there,
That is another story. Updating the latest location isn't a hard work.

I have spent lots of time writing a new article for you.

Check here:http://csie-tw.blogspot.com/2009/09/android-update-current-location-by.html

RTN 提到...

Hi Tommy,

Thanks for the tutorial, i just wanted to find out that if u could post ur source file with us and wanted to find out if this tutorial will work under sdk 1.5



RTN 提到...

Don't Worry Tommy,

I have written the app using ur tutorial. I have modified ur tutorial to work with the GPS and it works fine on the phone. BUT after couple of minute my app frezes and it take long to drag around the map. Please let me know what is causing this problem.

Elmurod A. Talipov 提到...

Very useful post, but can't get locations in Korea
Thank you very much. Excellent post.

lchan 提到...

it seems that this KML approach will not work properly when the intermediary points contain highways, tollways etc. the KML file will only return the start point of the freeway and the location of the exit ramp.
there simply is not enough info to draw a path following the curves of the highway. i suspect a straight line will result instead. correct me if i m wrong...thanks for sharing the info though...

lchan 提到...

sorry never mind. i missed the last part of the XML which contains all the points inside the tag.

騏宏 提到...


為什麼Android 1.1版後就不提供Driving Direction ?


版主 提到...


l.d.stent 提到...
csie-tw 提到...

To l.d.stent,
Sorry. It's a typo. DrawPath(...) in section 2.2.
I have corrected it.

匿名 提到...

thank you very much . it was too helpful for our final project.

Roel 提到...

Why are you adding a new overlay for each line instead of drawing all the lines in one overlay?

csie-tw 提到...

To Roel,
There are only two GeoPoint (i.e.) gp1, and gp2 in MyOverLay. Thus, MyOverLay can only presents a line instead of multi-lines.

Roel 提到...

To csie-tw,
Thanks for your response, but why not have a collection of GeoPoints in your overlay and draw lines between them in a loop?
Are multiple overlays better for performance or is there no particular reason for it?

I noticed that the map's responsiveness gets worse when you have two points further away from each other, probably because it has to draw more lines. Is there a way to improve performance? For example only draw the route that is visible on screen instead of redrawing the whole route every time you scroll the map.

JJ 提到...

So, I got the kml file coming in..and it shows my path, but it wont show my pairs at all...It gives me a error right at the pairs sections. Saying Arrayindexoutofbounds, I added another exception to handle it and it does. But my Log still wont get the the pairs part and print them out. Any suggestions?

Roel 提到...

This isn't needed anymore:

shepa006 提到...

Has anyone tried adding driving directions to an Android app using the Directions Web Service that Roel mentioned? It sounds nice, but I can't figure out how to add the overlay (then again I am very new to programming for Android). If anyone has a version of this tutorial using the new Driving Service that would be greatly appreciated!


匿名 提到...

i think article is great, but I get Stringindexoutofboundexception on line : doc = db.parse(urlConnection.getInputStream());

Can anyone help, please? Thanks

匿名 提到...

Hi, thanks for the code.
Running the app It only displays the path, but not the map! do u have any suggestion? I'm running on avd based on android 1.5.

csie-tw 提到...

Hi domenico
Check permission configuration in Manifest file or Map API Key. (section 1.1 and 1.2)

green 提到...

Hi, is there a way to get the distance of the route itself using this? Thanks for sharing.

csie-tw 提到...

Hi green,
If the two points are represented as (Lat1r, Long1r) and (Lat2r, Long2r), the distance of two points is calculated by the following formula. It is noted that R is the radius of earth in kilometers. In addition, we assume the earth is a perfect sphere.
distance = acos(sin(Lat1r) * sin(Lat2r) + cos(Lat1r) * cos(Lat2r) * cos(Long2r - Long1r)) * R.

Finally, all you have to do is sum all of the distance between two points. The total distance is then obtained.

green 提到...

sorry im not really good at this can i know where do i actually put this logic and the distance is actually following the route and not a straight line?

green 提到...

erm let me actually all i want to know is how and where do i get all the points of the route

csie-tw.blogspot.com 提到...

Hi green,
The routing path is provided by google. All points in the path are shown in the KML file such as the example in section 2.1.

匿名 提到...

Thanks i solved the problem thanks anyway :)

reynold 提到...


it girl 提到...

Thanx for the tutorial, I have a problem , when I run this program, the map is display but I don't see any route.

Is there any one can help me?

csie-tw.blogspot.com 提到...

To it girl,
Did you dump the route paths by using logcat? Please check if the kml file containing the correct paths.

it girl 提到...

TO csie-tw.blogspot.com

thnx a lot

the code is working and the route is display =)

but I have another problem ... immm when I trying to but the bubble Icon the Force Close message is display =(

Can u help me please.

thnx again.

csie-tw.blogspot.com 提到...

To it girl,
try to what?

it girl 提到...

try to put pin in google map

that means when user click this pin the windows must display to describe this location.

Can u help me

thanks thanks so much

csie-tw.blogspot.com 提到...

To it girl,
What's the error message?
Did you use thread?

it girl 提到...

To csie-tw.blogspot.com

The problem was resolved... ^_^

Thank you very much for every things

Rocco 提到...

How to use the draw () method? Where in the code is invoked?

Dicle 提到...

It is great tutorial. Thanks for that. But I have an important question. How can I clear the path that is drawned in here? I have written an application and i have to draw a new path but before it i must clear the old one. How can i do it according to that example??

Poorna Soysa 提到...

Hi. i want 2 display route more than 2 cities.
How can i display it..?
plz help me..
Thank u.

Eric 提到...


I'm able to get the map but not the route. So may I know where went wrong?

Or can I send you my code to you then you help me see where went wrong?

shopno nill 提到...

That's a great tutorial and so much helpful...But i want to add two marker at the starting and ending point...how can i do that

cybershot 提到...

Firstly,thank you for this nice and helpful tutorial!!
@ shopno nill
I think you can use an ItemizedOverlay where you can "pin" a drawable on the map,on a specific geographical position.
But I have a question too.Views can be pinned on a specific geographical location on a map,what about a line??Is the line of this tutorial pinned on the map or if the map underneath is moved,the line will stay at the same position of the screen connecting two random,wrong locations??

匿名 提到...

Thank you!
This post saved my life ;)

匿名 提到...

Thank you!

匿名 提到...


Is there a way to calculate the route with walking directions? Or is it possible to ignore the driving directions?

I know the google directions api but i need a request without usage-limits...


csie-tw.blogspot.com 提到...

Sorry. I have no idea about walking directions. Maybe there's parameter to determine the route type.

niteshnarayanlal 提到...

Hey I was trying to build your project but setContentView(R.layout.activity_main);
at this point it is not able to recognise the path , I had also downloaded your source code in that I am not able to see any error but it is when I run the code it says error in xml and shows an exclamation mark on the project .

csie-tw.blogspot.com 提到...

Please try it on Android 2.3.

Gary Chen 提到...

It used to work greatly! But it cannot work in these days. It doesn't return the kml result even use your example link in the IE browser. Maybe Google changes something on its side? Any idea / solution? Thanks.

ASAD 提到...

yes Gary chen, same problem here, it worked fine till last month but now the kml file is not generating. Is there any other alternative anyone can suggest? badly in need of help!!!

Freddy Krueger 提到...

I used this code but it does not show me the path, just brings me to this point of the map. What could be wrong?

Rahul Raja 提到...

i tried this code but nothing comes up.only the blank map view

匿名 提到...

Google changed its GOOGLE MAP API.
Now you hava to use GOOGLE PLAY SERVICE library , it comes with SDK in extras -> google -> GOOGLE_PLAY_SERVICE.

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