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ReQL command: distance

Command syntax

geometry.distance(geometry[, {geoSystem: 'WGS84', unit: 'm'}]) → number

r.distance(geometry, geometry[, {geoSystem: 'WGS84', unit: 'm'}]) → number


Compute the distance between a point and another geometry object. At least one of the geometry objects specified must be a point.

Optional arguments available with distance are:

  • geoSystem: the reference ellipsoid to use for geographic coordinates. Possible values are WGS84 (the default), a common standard for Earth’s geometry, or unit_sphere, a perfect sphere of 1 meter radius.
  • unit: Unit to return the distance in. Possible values are m (meter, the default), km (kilometer), mi (international mile), nm (nautical mile), ft (international foot).

If one of the objects is a polygon or a line, the point will be projected onto the line or polygon assuming a perfect sphere model before the distance is computed (using the model specified with geoSystem). As a consequence, if the polygon or line is extremely large compared to Earth’s radius and the distance is being computed with the default WGS84 model, the results of distance should be considered approximate due to the deviation between the ellipsoid and spherical models.

Example: Compute the distance between two points on the Earth in kilometers.

var point1 = r.point(-122.423246,37.779388);
var point2 = r.point(-117.220406,32.719464);
r.distance(point1, point2, {unit: 'km'}).run(conn, callback);
// result returned to callback 

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