Write geographic line data to KML file
the geographic line data specified by
the file specified by
filename in Keyhole Markup
Language (KML) format.
kmlwriteline creates a KML
Placemark element for each line, using the latitude and longitude
values as the coordinates of the points that define the line.
the altitude values associated with the line to
sets the altitude interpretation to
Write Line Data to KML File
Load geographic data describing coast lines.
Define the name of the KML file you want to create.
filename = 'coastlines.kml';
Write the line data to the file, specifying the color and width of the line.
kmlwriteline(filename, coastlat, coastlon, 'Color','black', ... 'LineWidth', 3);
Retrieve GPS Track Log from GPX File and Write Data to KML File
Read the track log from a GPX file.
the data as a geopoint vector.
points = gpxread('sample_tracks');
Get the latitude, longitude, and altitude values from the data.
lat = points.Latitude; lon = points.Longitude; alt = points.Elevation;
Define the name of the KML file you want to create.
filename = 'track.kml';
Write the geographic line data to the file, specifying a description and a name.
kmlwriteline(filename,lat, lon, alt, ... 'Description', points.Metadata.Name, 'Name', 'Track Log');
Display Equally Spaced Waypoints Along Two Great Circle Tracks
Read the track data into a geopoint vector.
cities = geopoint(shaperead('worldcities','UseGeoCoords',true));
Get the latitude, longitude, and altitude values from the data. The example uses London and New York.
city1 = 'London'; city2 = 'New York'; pt1 = cities(strcmp(city1,cities.Name)); pt2 = cities(strcmp(city2,cities.Name)); lat1 = pt1.Latitude; lon1 = pt1.Longitude; lat2 = pt2.Latitude; lon2 = pt2.Longitude; nlegs = 20; [lat,lon] = gcwaypts(lat1,lon1,lat2,lon2,nlegs); midpoint = nlegs/2; altscale = 5000; alt = [0:midpoint midpoint-1:-1:0] * altscale;
Specify the view using
lookLat = 49.155804; lookLon = -56.698494; lookAt = geopoint(lookLat, lookLon); lookAt.Range = 2060400; lookAt.Heading = 10; lookAt.Tilt = 70;
Write the geographic line data to two KML files, specifying color, width, and view. One track displays altitude values and the other has the track clamped to the ground.
width = 4; filename1 = 'altitudetrack.kml'; kmlwriteline(filename1,lat,lon,alt,'Color','k','LineWidth',width) filename2 = 'groundtrack.kml'; kmlwriteline(filename2,lat,lon,alt,'Color','w','LineWidth',width, ... 'LookAt',lookAt,'AltitudeMode','clampToGround')
filename — Name of output file
character vector | string scalar
Name of output file, specified as a string scalar or character vector.
kmlwriteline creates the file in the current folder, unless you
specify a full or relative path name. If the file name includes an extension, it must be
latitude — Latitudes of points that define the line
vector in the range
Latitudes of points that define the line, specified as a vector
in the range
longitude — Longitudes of points that define the line
Longitudes of points that define the line, specified as a vector.
Longitude values automatically wrap to the range
altitude — Altitude of points that define the line
0 (default) | scalar or vector
Altitude of points that define the line, specified as a scalar or vector. Unit of measure is meters.
If a scalar,
kmlwritelineapplies the value to each point.
If a vector, you must specify an altitude value for each point. That is, the vector must have the same length as
Specify optional pairs of arguments as
the argument name and
Value is the corresponding value.
Name-value arguments must appear after other arguments, but the order of the
pairs does not matter.
Before R2021a, use commas to separate each name and value, and enclose
Name in quotes.
Name — Label of line displayed in viewer
'Line N' where
N is the
index of the line (default) | string scalar | character vector
Label of line displayed in viewer, specified as a string scalar or character vector.
If the line contains
the line segments in a folder labeled
kmlwriteline labels the line segments
N is the index value of the line
Description — Content to be displayed in the line description balloon
string scalar | character vector
Content to be displayed in the line description balloon, specified as a string scalar or character vector. The description appears in the description balloon when the user clicks either the feature name in the Google Earth Places panel or the line in the viewer window.
You can include basic HTML mark up, however, Google Earth applies some HTML formatting automatically. For example, Google Earth replaces newlines with line break tags and encloses valid URLs in anchor tags to make them hyperlinks. To see examples of HTML tags recognized by Google Earth, view https://earth.google.com.
Color — Line color
defined by viewer (default) | color name | RGB triplet |
Line color, specified as one of these options.
A color name such as
'red'or a short name such as
An RGB triplet, which is a three-element row vector whose elements specify the intensities of the red, green, and blue components of the color. The intensities must be in the range
[0,1]; for example,
[0.4 0.6 0.7].
If you do not specify a line color, or specify
'none', then the
kmlwriteline function does not include a color specification in
the file and the viewer defines the color.
This table contains the color names and equivalent RGB triplets for some common colors.
|Color Name||Short Name||RGB Triplet||Appearance|
Alpha — Transparency of line
1 (default) | numeric scalar in the range
Transparency of line, specified as a numeric scalar in the range
1]. The default value,
1, indicates that
the line is fully opaque.
LineWidth — Width of line in pixels
defined by viewer (default) | positive numeric scalar
Width of line in pixels, specified as a positive numeric scalar. If you do not specify a
kmlwriteline does not include width information in the file
and the viewer defines the line width.
AltitudeMode — Interpretation of altitude values
'clampToGround' (default) |
Interpretation of altitude values, specified as one of the following:
|Ignore altitude values and set the feature on the ground. The
default interpretation when you do not specify |
|Set altitude values relative to the actual ground elevation of a particular feature.|
|Set altitude values relative to sea level, regardless of the
actual elevation values of the terrain beneath the feature. The default
interpretation when you specify altitude values. Called |
LookAt — Position of virtual camera (eye) relative to object being viewed
Position of the virtual camera (eye) relative to the object being viewed, specified as a
geopoint vector. The fields of the geopoint vector define the view.
LookAt is limited to looking down at a feature. To tilt the
virtual camera to look above the horizon into the sky, use the
|Property Name||Description||Data Type|
|Latitude of the line the camera is looking at, in degrees||Scalar double, from -90 to 90|
|Longitude of the line the camera is looking at, in degrees||Scalar double, from −180 to 180|
|Altitude of the line the camera is looking at from the Earth's surface, in meters||Scalar numeric|
|Camera direction (azimuth), in degrees (optional)||Scalar numeric |
|Angle between the direction of the ||Scalar numeric |
|Distance in meters from the point specified by ||Scalar numeric, default |
|Interpretation of the camera altitude value (optional)|
Camera — Position of virtual camera relative to surface of Earth
Position of virtual camera (eye) relative to Earth's surface, specified as a geopoint vector.
The fields of the geopoint vector, listed below, define the
Camera provides full 6 degrees of freedom control over the
view, so you can position the camera in space and then rotate it around the
x-, y-, and z-axes. You can
tilt the camera view so that you're looking above the horizon into the sky.
|Property Name||Description||Data Type|
|Latitude of the virtual camera (eye), in degrees||Scalar double, in the range |
|Longitude of the virtual camera, in degrees,||Scalar double, in the range |
|Distance of the virtual camera from the Earth's surface, in meters||Scalar numeric|
|Direction (azimuth) in degrees (optional)||Scalar numeric |
|Camera rotation around the X-axis, in degrees (optional)||Scalar numeric |
|Camera rotation in degrees around the Z-axis (optional)||Scalar numeric, in the range |
|Specifies how camera altitude is interpreted (optional)|
If you do not see your line, set
'clampToGround'. If the line appears, then you may have a problem with your altitude value.
You can view KML files with the Google Earth™ browser, which must be installed on your computer.
For Windows, use the
For Linux, if the file name is a partial path, use the following commands:
cmd = 'googleearth '; fullfilename = fullfile(pwd, filename); system([cmd fullfilename])
For Mac, if the file name is a partial path, use the following commands:
cmd = 'open -a Google\ Earth ' fullfilename = fullfile(pwd, filename); system([cmd fullfilename])
You can also view KML files with a Google Maps™ browser. The file must be located on a web server that is accessible from the Internet. A private intranet server will not suffice because Google’s server must be able to access the URL that you provide. The following is a template for using Google Maps. Replace
your-web-server-pathwith a real value.
GMAPS_URL = 'http://maps.google.com/maps?q='; KML_URL = 'http://your-web-server-path'; web([GMAPS_URL KML_URL])
Introduced in R2013a