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A typical low- or medium-voltage distribution feeder consists of numerous branches as well as laterals and heterogenic conductor lines. The lack of measurement points and the presence of unbalanced loads make it more complicated for the construction of fault-location algorithms. In this paper, a brief and comprehensive review is presented which introduces and compares published papers in this area to date. In addition, the authors have devised a single-end fault-location algorithm using the distributed parameter model to overcome all of the aforementioned limitations in distribution feeders. The validity of the devised algorithm is studied within the PSCAD-EMTDC environment. This model provides more accurate results as the distributed nature of losses and capacitive effects are considered whereas in the available algorithms, these are ignored. A comparison which is made between the proposed method and two of the most complete available algorithms shows the superiority of our algorithm. Also, the proposed algorithm is able to locate various fault types in the network that has different phase laterals unbalanced loads and heterogeneity of the feeder line.