Measuring in Google Earth Pro

Last month Google removed the US$399 a year price tag from Google Earth Pro and released it for free. There is no longer any need to sign up for a licence key, simply login with your email address and the key GEPFREE. Recently, we have been having a look at some of the features unique to Google Earth Pro. Today we will have a look at the measuring tools in Google Earth Pro.

There are two ways to get measurements in Google Earth Pro. If you look at the properties of a path or polygon, there is a ‘measurements’ tab which displays length for paths or perimeter and area for polygons.

Area and perimeter of 3D around Faro
The area and perimeter of the newly released 3D along the southern coast of Portugal.

In addition, the ‘ruler’ tool has several tabs not present in the standard version of Google Earth. They allow you to measure the radius and area of circles, measure the length of 3D paths, and measure the area and perimeter of 3D polygons.

circle measurement
The Plaza de Toros de La Ribera in LogroƱo, Spain, has an area of nearly 10,000 square metres.

3D path
Using Google Earth Pro we could easily measure the height of the spires on Cologne Cathedral to be approximately 155m. Wikipedia says they are approximately 157m.

Measuring the approximate area of glass used on one of the facets of WTC 1 is easy.

About Timothy Whitehead

Timothy has been using Google Earth since 2004 when it was still called Keyhole before it was renamed Google Earth in 2005 and has been a huge fan ever since. He is a programmer working for Red Wing Aerobatx and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.


  1. As a Founder and Administrator of many Facebook Groups relating to Fire Watch and Community Emergency Alerting I am finding the new GEP Measuring tools the greatest. Once I get the Lon/Lat of an incident I can use the Ruler in Circle Mode to give our members a general idea of the effected area until GeoMac or another source releases a official KML Perimeter File. I have also Founded the Facebook Group “Google Earth Fire Watch Plus” that all are welcome to join as long as your city of origin is displayed in your profile. We mainly cover the est Coast of the United States. All of the articles daily from here are shared to that group for discussion and learning/training in the use of Google Earth Pro. Thank you for all you do in bringing this great information to all of us. It is more appreciated than you know. Much Love Honor and Respect.

  2. I love to work with Google Earth Pro

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