# How to get the distance between two objects in the game engine?

So far I could only find the method to get the current position of the objects. I think there is a method that returns the distance between them.

• I make BGE tutorials on my channel, and I have this exact solution, scripts, and .blend file in the description. Just keep watching through the video, I believe I show you how 3 minutes through. youtube.com/watch?v=d2BL9AxORec Jun 7 '14 at 18:10

I am not sure how you plan on telling blender which two objects. Assuming they are both selected.

import bpy
from math import sqrt

def get_distance():
"""
return: float. Distance of the two objects
Must select two objects
"""
l = []  # we store the loacation vector of each object
for item in bpy.context.selected_objects:
l.append(item.location)

distance = sqrt( (l - l)**2 + (l - l)**2 + (l - l)**2)
print(distance)  # print distance to console, DEBUG
return distance

get_distance()

• I think the OP means in the BGE.
– gandalf3
Feb 18 '14 at 22:12
• How do I see the output of print in that part of the blender visualize? Feb 19 '14 at 2:25
• in the console, aka terminal/cmd. You need to start blender form the console though as well Feb 19 '14 at 2:27
• @Guilherme If you choose to mark this as accepted, please rephrase your question to correlate with it as this does not apply to the bge. Also, use of bpy in the bge is discouraged. Feb 19 '14 at 3:06
• This answer isn't the game engine. Apr 18 '14 at 10:50

You can use mathutils.Vector locations

import bge

scene = bge.logic.getCurrentScene()
# the object the sensor is connected to
owner = bge.logic.getCurrentController().owner
# the other object you want to get the distance to
obj2 = scene.objects['obj_name']
length = (owner.worldPosition - obj2.worldPosition).length

print(length)


This allows for easier manipulation, so for example if you only want to measure distance on a map (without taking altitude into account) you can do.

length = (owner.worldPosition.xy - obj2.worldPosition.xy).length


That would be getDistanceTo. It will calculate and return the distance between two objects from their origins.

import bge

scene = bge.logic.getCurrentScene()
# the object the sensor is connected to
owner = bge.logic.getCurrentController().owner
# the other object you want to get the distance to
obj2 = scene.objects['obj_name']
length = owner.getDistanceTo(obj2)

print(length)