How to use epanttools to retrieve coordinates of nodes in a water distribution network

I am working on finding coordinates of nodes in a water distribution network.
I installed epanettools on my computer and I changed epanettools source code according to advices collected from the link:
But when I used code shown below to find coordinates of nodes, no matter what node indexs I entered, it always returned [251,0], [251,0] for x,y coordinates. I spent a long time on this problem, but still now I did not fix this problem.






It’s very urgent for me to fix this problem, please help me to figure it out.
If you know the alternative way to find coordinates of nodes in a water distribution network, please tell me how to do that, I appreicate a lot.

Thanks in advance!

An alternative python wrapper that supports EPANET 2.2 and all its associated functions (including getting/setting coordinates) can be found here:

The underlying C functions for coordinate manipulation are here:

… and if you are using the python wrapper, be sure to familiarize yourself with some of the tips from the community - I found this comment very helpful:

Could I ask one more question?
I encountered one problem when installing owa-epanet package, it reported that building windows wheels for Python 3.7 requires Microsoft Visual Studio 2017.
Could you please tell me where can I download Visual Studio 2017?

Hi Ziyuan,

Regarding other ways to find coordinates of nodes in a water network, it is quite straightforward using the epanetReader or epanet2toolkit packages for R.

If you have an R installation, the following code should be able to get to the coordinates.

net <- read.inp("path/to/your/network.inp")

More info here:

After running the code: python3 sdist bdist_wheel, it returned the error:

CMake Error at CMakeLists.txt:38 (ADD_SUBDIRECTORY):

The source directory


does not contain a CMakeLists.txt file.

Could you please give me some clues about how to fix this issue? Thanks in advance!

Hi Ziyuan,

Before running that code, you need to run the following command:

git submodule update --init


Thanks for you replying!
Before running the code: python3 sdist bdist_wheel, I ran the command shown below:

It still returned the same camke error. Could you please specify how to fix this issue in detail?

What happens is that the owa-epanet repository has the EPANET repository embedded through git (or in other words owa-epanet depends on the EPANET project). That is why it is necessary to download both projects. Next I will detail step by step how to achieve this:

  1. Download the epanet-python project and access owa-epanet:

git clone

cd epanet-python/owa-epanet/

Inside owa-panet there is the EPANET folder and it should be empty (if the folder is empty is when it shows you the error).

  1. We download the EPANET project:

git submodule update --init

Now the EPANET folder should contain files.

  1. Finally, you can build your custom library.

python3 sdist bdist_wheel

Complementary information

The steps mentioned above will help to build your custom epanet library in python. This is necessary when you need to add/edit functions to epanet. Because if your intention is to use EPANET 2.2 in python with all its functions, I think the simplest thing is to download the already built project.

pip install owa-epanet

Looking forward to your answer

Thanks for your relpy!
I have one more question. Did you mean installing owa-epanet by running the code “pip install owa-epanet” can also add the funcationality of retreiving coordinates of nodes in a water distribution to EPANET?

That’s right, just as @samhatchett mentioned it. To complement his answer I am attaching an example code:

import epanet.toolkit as en

epanet_proj = en.createproject(), inpFile="example_1.inp", rptFile="example_1.rpt", outFile='example_1.out')
node_index = 1
coords = en.getcoord(epanet_proj, node_index) # coords: array w/ (x,y) coordinates of a node

Thank you very much! You helped me a lot.But could you please me tell me what is out file?

The truth is that I have never used it. But from the documentation.

outFile: the name of a binary output file to be created.

Sorry, I am new to python and epanet. Can I ask you one more question?
If the inpfile (L-Town.inp) and rptfile (L-Town.rpt)are both in C:\Users\Ziyuan\Desktop\BattleDim-project, the code would be, inpFile=“L-Town.inp”, rptFile=“L-Town.rpt”, outFile=’’) or, inpFile=“C:\Users\Ziyuan\Desktop\BattleDim-project\L-Town.inp”, rptFile=“C:\Users\Ziyuan\Desktop\BattleDim-project\L-Town.rpt”, outFile=’’) ?

Hello Sergio!
Can I ask you one more question? Now I have installed successfully owa-epanet and I have been using this epanet toolkit to solve some practical problems. And now, there is a difficulty that I did not know how to solve. I need to using owa-epanet to find all junctions within the circle with a certain radius. So could you please tell me what code can I use to draw a circle having a radius of 250 meters centered on a junction represented by its coordinates and what code can I use to find all junctions within this circle?
Thanks in advance!