Documentation and Tutorials

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Documentation & Tutorials

Video Turorials

There are currently several video tutorial series for learning ATAK/CivTAK.

Video Tutorial Resources


The Civilian Team Awareness Kit for Android (ATAK Civilian) is a Government-off-the-Shelf (GOTS) software application and mapping framework for mobile devices. ATAK Civilian has been designed and developed to run on Android smart devices used in a first responder environment. The ATAK Civilian software application is an extensible moving map display that integrates imagery, map and overlay information to provide enhanced collaboration and Situational Awareness (SA) over a tactical meshed network. ATAK Civilian promotes information flow and communications from the field environment to command enterprise locations.

The toolbar runs along the top of the map display. The features whose icons form the center portion of the toolbar are discussed in individual sections of this guide. The three dots at the right of the toolbar provide Additional Menu Items that appear in a drop-down menu. A Long Press on the map will toggle the toolbar between hidden and visible.

The North Arrow appears in the upper left and is used to control map orientation. It has two primary modes: North Up/Track Up (default) and Manual Map Rotation/Lock. While in North Up/Track Up Mode, single press on the [North Arrow] icon to cycle between the North Up and Track Up map orientation. Long press the [North Arrow] to call out the additional controls menu where the Manual Rotation/Lock and 3D features are available. Select the [Rotation] button to enter Manual Map Rotation/Lock Mode. When in Manual Map Rotation/Lock Mode, rotate the map orientation by pressing on the map with two fingers and pivoting them in the desired direction. Single press on the [North Arrow] to lock the screen orientation, signified by the appearance of the lock icon, and again to unlock the orientation for further adjustment. 3D controls are discussed in a separate section.

Select the [Magnifier] buttons to zoom in or out on the map. The map can also be zoomed by using two fingers on the screen to pinch and spread the map.

Select the [Back] button to center the screen on the Self Marker or the [Padlock] icon to lock the center of the screen to the Self Marker.

Select the [Orientation] icon to toggle the screen position between portrait and landscape.

The optional connection widget indicates whether or not the user is connected to a TAK Server. This has a corresponding Android notification that provides the same information. Toggle this display on at Settings > Network Connections > Network Connections > Display Connection Widget.

Alerts and notifications are displayed in the lower left of the map interface.

The Map Scale displays a 1 inch to X mi/km reference on the map. The scale adjusts with the map when zoomed in and out.

Hint windows are available to alert users to changes or make suggestions about the use of tools the first time they are opened.

This video covers the basic screen navigation, including the call sign, user location, elevation, speed, and GPS/location accuracy, map scale, map orientation, basic 3D operation, lock on self & self marker, back button operation (Partial), landscape/portrait mode, button, Red X tool. It also briefly describes, bloodhound tool measuring tools, route tools, media player, chat functions, point dropper (7,000 icons, and expandable), GoTo Tool, Layout Manager, maps and map sources, drawing tools, quick nav.

Here's a video from Team Connect giving a basic overview as well.

Adding Map sources and DTED Data

Exporting Data from ATAK

  • How to export ATAK data to Google KMZ/KML files.

Customizing TAK

Joining a TAK Server

  • How to connect to TAKFreeServer.
  • How to connect to TAK Server (1.3-above).
    • Truststores & Passwords
    • SSL Configuration

Troubleshooting Installation Problems