Create Leader Lines

You can create a leader line from any point or feature in a drawing and control its appearance. Leaders can be straight line segments or smooth spline curves. Leader color is controlled by the current dimension line color. Leader scale is controlled by the overall dimension scale set in the active dimension style. The type and size of the arrowhead, if one is present, is controlled by the arrowhead defined in the active style.

A small line known as a hook line usually connects the annotation to the leader. Hook lines appear with multiline text and feature control frames if the last leader line segment is at an angle greater than 15 degrees from horizontal. The hook line is the length of a single arrowhead. If the leader has no annotation, it has no hook line.

You create a leader by creating an instance of a Leader object. When you create an instance of a Leader object, its constructor does not accept any parameters. The AppendVertex method is used to define the position and length of the leader created.

Create a leader line

This example creates a leader line in model space. There is no annotation associated with the leader line.


Imports Autodesk.AutoCAD.Runtime
Imports Autodesk.AutoCAD.ApplicationServices
Imports Autodesk.AutoCAD.DatabaseServices
Imports Autodesk.AutoCAD.Geometry
<CommandMethod("CreateLeader")> _
Public Sub CreateLeader()
  '' Get the current database
  Dim acDoc As Document = Application.DocumentManager.MdiActiveDocument
  Dim acCurDb As Database = acDoc.Database
  '' Start a transaction
  Using acTrans As Transaction = acCurDb.TransactionManager.StartTransaction()
      '' Open the Block table for read
      Dim acBlkTbl As BlockTable
      acBlkTbl = acTrans.GetObject(acCurDb.BlockTableId, _
      '' Open the Block table record Model space for write
      Dim acBlkTblRec As BlockTableRecord
      acBlkTblRec = acTrans.GetObject(acBlkTbl(BlockTableRecord.ModelSpace), _
      '' Create the leader
      Dim acLdr As Leader = New Leader()
      acLdr.AppendVertex(New Point3d(0, 0, 0))
      acLdr.AppendVertex(New Point3d(4, 4, 0))
      acLdr.AppendVertex(New Point3d(4, 5, 0))
      acLdr.HasArrowHead = True
      '' Add the new object to Model space and the transaction
      acTrans.AddNewlyCreatedDBObject(acLdr, True)
      '' Commit the changes and dispose of the transaction
  End Using
End Sub


using Autodesk.AutoCAD.Runtime;
using Autodesk.AutoCAD.ApplicationServices;
using Autodesk.AutoCAD.DatabaseServices;
using Autodesk.AutoCAD.Geometry;
public static void CreateLeader()
  // Get the current database
  Document acDoc = Application.DocumentManager.MdiActiveDocument;
  Database acCurDb = acDoc.Database;
  // Start a transaction
  using (Transaction acTrans = acCurDb.TransactionManager.StartTransaction())
      // Open the Block table for read
      BlockTable acBlkTbl;
      acBlkTbl = acTrans.GetObject(acCurDb.BlockTableId,
                                   OpenMode.ForRead) as BlockTable;
      // Open the Block table record Model space for write
      BlockTableRecord acBlkTblRec;
      acBlkTblRec = acTrans.GetObject(acBlkTbl[BlockTableRecord.ModelSpace],
                                      OpenMode.ForWrite) as BlockTableRecord;
      // Create the leader
      Leader acLdr = new Leader();
      acLdr.AppendVertex(new Point3d(0, 0, 0));
      acLdr.AppendVertex(new Point3d(4, 4, 0));
      acLdr.AppendVertex(new Point3d(4, 5, 0));
      acLdr.HasArrowHead = true;
      // Add the new object to Model space and the transaction
      acTrans.AddNewlyCreatedDBObject(acLdr, true);
      // Commit the changes and dispose of the transaction
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