Hi there! In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to draw route between two locations (user provided) in Google maps, using Kotlin instead of Java. If you want to follow the same post in Java, please visit this link: Draw route between two locations, Google Maps, Android

First of all, we’ll display the map on screen and let the user select two points on the map. Two different markers will be added to selected points and route between these two locations will be drawn. For the demo, see the GIF attached below.

Sample output:

Project:  Maps

Sample APK: Maps_1.0 [APK]

The app has been developed in Kotlin Platform. If you are a Beginner, you can learn kotlin programming language .

Let’s get started!

Creating a New Project:

Open your Android Studio & create a new Project. For Kotlin support, check the checkbox of Kotlin support.  Now give name whatever you like and while selecting starting activity, select Google Maps Activity, as shown in below screenshot. We’ll keep all other the things by default and clicked finish.

Adding permissions to manifest.xml:

As we are allowing users to select locations on the map, we need following permissions from the user:

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION" />
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET"/>
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE"/>
<uses-permission android:name="com.google.android.providers.gsf.permission.READ_GSERVICES"/>
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION"/>
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION"/>

So your whole manifest file will look like as following if you’ve selected Google Maps activity.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<manifest xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"

         The ACCESS_COARSE/FINE_LOCATION permissions are not required to use
         Google Maps Android API v2, but you must specify either coarse or fine
         location permissions for the 'MyLocation' functionality. 
    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION" />
    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET"/>
    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE"/>
    <uses-permission android:name="com.google.android.providers.gsf.permission.READ_GSERVICES"/>
    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION"/>
    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION"/>


             The API key for Google Maps-based APIs is defined as a string resource.
             (See the file "res/values/google_maps_api.xml").
             Note that the API key is linked to the encryption key used to sign the APK.
             You need a different API key for each encryption key, including the release key that is used to
             sign the APK for publishing.
             You can define the keys for the debug and release targets in src/debug/ and src/release/. 
            android:value="@string/google_maps_key" />

                <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />

                <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />


Notice the <meta-data> tag, we are providing Google maps API key for requesting data from Google API. Key will be different for different users and project, so first of all, lets see how to get this key.

Configuring Google Play Services:

For this, open a XML file named “google_maps_api.xml”  from your “res/values” directory. Copy the link given there and open in a browser.

Now at the browser choose “Create New Project” and Click Continue. Add the name of your the project, then Click on Go to credentials, from the side menu. Add your package name and SHA-1 fingerprint of your project. Package name can be found on top of any java file. and for SHA-1, open “google_maps_api.XML” and there you can find a HEX value written with the package name of your project.

Now let’s get started with coding!

Add following code in your MapsActivity.java file:


package com.example.admin.maps

import android.graphics.Color
import android.os.AsyncTask
import android.support.v4.app.FragmentActivity
import android.os.Bundle
import android.util.Log

import com.google.android.gms.maps.CameraUpdateFactory
import com.google.android.gms.maps.GoogleMap
import com.google.android.gms.maps.OnMapReadyCallback
import com.google.android.gms.maps.SupportMapFragment
import com.google.android.gms.maps.model.BitmapDescriptorFactory
import com.google.android.gms.maps.model.LatLng
import com.google.android.gms.maps.model.MarkerOptions
import com.google.android.gms.maps.model.PolylineOptions

import org.json.JSONObject

import java.io.BufferedReader
import java.io.IOException
import java.io.InputStream
import java.io.InputStreamReader
import java.net.HttpURLConnection
import java.net.URL
import java.util.ArrayList
import java.util.HashMap

class MapsActivity : FragmentActivity(), OnMapReadyCallback {

    private var mMap: GoogleMap? = null
    internal lateinit var MarkerPoints: ArrayList<LatLng>

    override fun onCreate(savedInstanceState: Bundle?) {
        // Obtain the SupportMapFragment and get notified when the map is ready to be used.
        val mapFragment = supportFragmentManager
                .findFragmentById(R.id.map) as SupportMapFragment

        MarkerPoints = ArrayList<LatLng>()


    private fun getUrl(origin: LatLng, dest: LatLng): String {

        // Origin of route
        val str_origin = "origin=" + origin.latitude + "," + origin.longitude

        // Destination of route
        val str_dest = "destination=" + dest.latitude + "," + dest.longitude

        // Sensor enabled
        val sensor = "sensor=false"

        // Building the parameters to the web service
        val parameters = "$str_origin&$str_dest&$sensor"

        // Output format
        val output = "json"

        // Building the url to the web service
        val url = "https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/directions/$output?$parameters"

        return url

    // Fetches data from url passed
    private inner class FetchUrl : AsyncTask<String, Void, String>() {

        override fun doInBackground(vararg url: String): String {

            // For storing data from web service
            var data = ""

            try {
                // Fetching the data from web service
                data = downloadUrl(url[0])
                Log.d("Background Task data", data.toString())
            } catch (e: Exception) {
                Log.d("Background Task", e.toString())

            return data

        override fun onPostExecute(result: String) {

            val parserTask = ParserTask()

            // Invokes the thread for parsing the JSON data


    private fun downloadUrl(strUrl: String): String {
        var data = ""
        var iStream: InputStream? = null
        var urlConnection: HttpURLConnection? = null
        try {
            val url = URL(strUrl)

            // Creating an http connection to communicate with url
            urlConnection = url.openConnection() as HttpURLConnection

            // Connecting to url

            // Reading data from url
            iStream = urlConnection.inputStream

            val br = BufferedReader(InputStreamReader(iStream!!))

            val sb = StringBuffer()

            var line = ""
//            while ((line = br.readLine()) != null) {
//                sb.append(line)
//            }
                line = br.readLine()

            data = sb.toString()
            Log.d("downloadUrl", data.toString())

        } catch (e: Exception) {
            Log.d("Exception", e.toString())
        } finally {
        return data

     * Manipulates the map once available.
     * This callback is triggered when the map is ready to be used.
     * This is where we can add markers or lines, add listeners or move the camera. In this case,
     * we just add a marker near Sydney, Australia.
     * If Google Play services is not installed on the device, the user will be prompted to install
     * it inside the SupportMapFragment. This method will only be triggered once the user has
     * installed Google Play services and returned to the app.
    override fun onMapReady(googleMap: GoogleMap) {
        mMap = googleMap

        // Add a marker in Sydney and move the camera
        val sydney = LatLng(-34.0, 151.0)
        mMap!!.addMarker(MarkerOptions().position(sydney).title("Marker in Sydney"))

        mMap!!.setOnMapClickListener { point ->
            // Already two locations
            if (MarkerPoints.size > 1) {

            // Adding new item to the ArrayList

            // Creating MarkerOptions
            val options = MarkerOptions()

            // Setting the position of the marker

             * For the start location, the color of marker is GREEN and
             * for the end location, the color of marker is RED.

             * For the start location, the color of marker is GREEN and
             * for the end location, the color of marker is RED.
            if (MarkerPoints.size == 1) {
            } else if (MarkerPoints.size == 2) {

            // Add new marker to the Google Map Android API V2

            // Checks, whether start and end locations are captured
            if (MarkerPoints.size >= 2) {
                val origin = MarkerPoints[0]
                val dest = MarkerPoints[1]

                // Getting URL to the Google Directions API
                val url = getUrl(origin, dest)
                Log.d("onMapClick", url.toString())
                val FetchUrl = FetchUrl()

                // Start downloading json data from Google Directions API
                //move map camera


    private inner class ParserTask : AsyncTask<String, Int, List<List<HashMap<String, String>>>>() {

        // Parsing the data in non-ui thread
        override fun doInBackground(vararg jsonData: String): List<List<HashMap<String, String>>> {

            val jObject: JSONObject

            try {
                jObject = JSONObject(jsonData[0])
                Log.d("ParserTask", jsonData[0])
                val parser = DataParser()
                Log.d("ParserTask", parser.toString())

                // Starts parsing data
                var routes: List<List<HashMap<String, String>>>  = parser.parse(jObject)
                Log.d("ParserTask", "Executing routes")
                Log.d("ParserTask", routes.toString())
                return routes

            } catch (e: Exception) {
                Log.d("ParserTask", e.toString())

            val r:List<List<HashMap<String, String>>> = ArrayList<ArrayList<HashMap<String, String>>>()
            return r

        // Executes in UI thread, after the parsing process
        override fun onPostExecute(result: List<List<HashMap<String, String>>>) {
            var points: ArrayList<LatLng>
            var lineOptions: PolylineOptions? = null

            // Traversing through all the routes
            for (i in result.indices) {
                points = ArrayList<LatLng>()
                lineOptions = PolylineOptions()

                // Fetching i-th route
                val path = result[i]

                // Fetching all the points in i-th route
                for (j in path.indices) {
                    val point = path[j]

                    val lat = java.lang.Double.parseDouble(point["lat"])
                    val lng = java.lang.Double.parseDouble(point["lng"])
                    val position = LatLng(lat, lng)


                // Adding all the points in the route to LineOptions

                Log.d("onPostExecute", "onPostExecute lineoptions decoded")


            // Drawing polyline in the Google Map for the i-th route
            if (lineOptions != null) {
            } else {
                Log.d("onPostExecute", "without Polylines drawn")



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Now if you are getting an error in importing maps, add the following dependency to your Buil.Gradle file and sync project:

compile 'com.google.android.gms:play-services:10.0.1'

Now let’s understand the above code:

Now note the `onMapReady()` method, in this, we are setting onClickListener on the map. It will be executed as soon as user tap on Android screen. It will be used to place the marker at the points between which path will be drawn.

Here are retrieving JSON object from the Google API, depending on the user’s click on the locations. We’ve to parse this JSON and fetch data of route between two selected locations. It is done in AsyncTask(ParserTask, which also used DataParser class) in above code.  The data will be parsed in the doInBackground method of AsyncTask. After parsing the route information, the route is drawn from the `onPostExecute` method of the same AsyncTask.

Following is the dataParser.kt class, which is used by above described AsyncTask.


package com.example.admin.maps

import com.google.android.gms.maps.model.LatLng

import org.json.JSONArray
import org.json.JSONException
import org.json.JSONObject

import java.util.ArrayList
import java.util.HashMap

 * Created by ADMIN on 5/24/2017.
class DataParser {

    /** Receives a JSONObject and returns a list of lists containing latitude and longitude  */
    fun parse(jObject: JSONObject): List<List<HashMap<String, String>>> {

        val routes = ArrayList<List<HashMap<String, String>>>()
        val jRoutes: JSONArray
        var jLegs: JSONArray
        var jSteps: JSONArray

        try {

            jRoutes = jObject.getJSONArray("routes")

            /** Traversing all routes  */
            for (i in 0..jRoutes.length() - 1) {
                jLegs = (jRoutes.get(i) as JSONObject).getJSONArray("legs")
                val path = ArrayList<HashMap<String, String>>()

                /** Traversing all legs  */
                for (j in 0..jLegs.length() - 1) {
                    jSteps = (jLegs.get(j) as JSONObject).getJSONArray("steps")

                    /** Traversing all steps  */
                    for (k in 0..jSteps.length() - 1) {
                        var polyline = ""
                        polyline = ((jSteps.get(k) as JSONObject).get("polyline") as JSONObject).get("points") as String
                        val list = decodePoly(polyline)

                        /** Traversing all points  */
                        for (l in list.indices) {
                            val hm = HashMap<String, String>()
                            hm.put("lat", java.lang.Double.toString(list[l].latitude))
                            hm.put("lng", java.lang.Double.toString(list[l].longitude))

        } catch (e: JSONException) {
        } catch (e: Exception) {

        return routes

     * Method to decode polyline points
     * Courtesy : https://jeffreysambells.com/2010/05/27/decoding-polylines-from-google-maps-direction-api-with-java
    private fun decodePoly(encoded: String): List<LatLng> {

        val poly = ArrayList<LatLng>()
        var index = 0
        val len = encoded.length
        var lat = 0
        var lng = 0

        while (index < len) {
            var b: Int
            var shift = 0
            var result = 0
            do {
                b = encoded[index++].toInt() - 63
                result = result or (b and 0x1f shl shift)
                shift += 5
            } while (b >= 0x20)
            val dlat = if (result and 1 != 0) (result shr 1).inv() else result shr 1
            lat += dlat

            shift = 0
            result = 0
            do {
                b = encoded[index++].toInt() - 63
                result = result or (b and 0x1f shl shift)
                shift += 5
            } while (b >= 0x20)
            val dlng = if (result and 1 != 0) (result shr 1).inv() else result shr 1
            lng += dlng

            val p = LatLng(lat.toDouble() / 1E5,
                    lng.toDouble() / 1E5)

        return poly


So finally our app is complete. We would suggest you turn on GPS and Internet Connection. Run this route maker on any real Android device. Now tap on any two locations and it will show route between them. build 2 basic Android apps from scratch using Kotlin

Facing Problems in Developing the app, You can check the other way of developing android apps using java .

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