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Create Points Tool

The Create Points tool creates a point-type spatial object by specifying input fields containing the X coordinate (Longitude ) and the Y coordinate (Latitude ). This is usually done to prepare the input data for spatial processing using Alteryx’s spatial tools, such as the Spatial Match tool, Distance tool, or the Create Trade Area tool.

The input data and the Point type spatial object created by the Create Points tool can all be written to a spatial file for viewing with a mapping Application such as MapInfo and ArcGIS, or the objects can be viewed using the Reporting Map tool within Alteryx without having to output to a spatial file.

For more information on writing output to a spatial file, see the Output File tool page.

If the records have street addresses but no latitude and longitude, you can calculate the latitude and longitude using the Alteryx geocoder (which recognizes any third-party geocoder) and then use the Create Points tool to create a Point type spatial object.

While using spatial tools, you may have more than one spatial object field in the data stream. When you are configuring the final Output Data tool, you must remember that output to files such as.dbf,.xls or.csv will not accept the spatial object fields, and that spatial files will accept only one spatial object field. Use the Select tool to select only the appropriate fields for the output file type.

Configuration Properties:

  1. Choose the appropriate fields from the input table that correspond to Longitude (X) and Latitude (Y) coordinates


  2. Select the appropriate format of the Latitude and Longitude coordinates coming into the tool. Choices include:

Longitude (X)

Latitude (Y)





Longitude (X)

Latitude (Y)





Longitude (X)

Latitude (Y)



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