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Geospatial Functions

ST_ASWKT , ST_ASTEXT

Given a value of type GEOGRAPHY or GEOMETRY, return the text (VARCHAR) representation of that value in WKT (well-known text) format.

See also:

ST_ASEWKT

Syntax

Use one of the following:

ST_ASWKT( <geography_or_geometry_expression> )

ST_ASTEXT( <geography_or_geometry_expression> )

Arguments

geography_or_geometry_expression

The argument must be an expression of type GEOGRAPHY or GEOMETRY.

Returns

A VARCHAR.

Usage Notes

  • ST_ASTEXT is an alias for ST_ASWKT.

  • To return the output in EWKT format, use ST_ASEWKT instead.

Examples

GEOGRAPHY Examples

The following example demonstrates the ST_ASWKT function:

create table geospatial_table (id INTEGER, g GEOGRAPHY);
insert into geospatial_table values
    (1, 'POINT(-122.35 37.55)'), (2, 'LINESTRING(-124.20 42.00, -120.01 41.99)');
select st_astext(g)
    from geospatial_table
    order by id;
+-------------------------------------+
| ST_ASTEXT(G)                        |
|-------------------------------------|
| POINT(-122.35 37.55)                |
| LINESTRING(-124.2 42,-120.01 41.99) |
+-------------------------------------+
select st_aswkt(g)
    from geospatial_table
    order by id;
+-------------------------------------+
| ST_ASWKT(G)                         |
|-------------------------------------|
| POINT(-122.35 37.55)                |
| LINESTRING(-124.2 42,-120.01 41.99) |
+-------------------------------------+

GEOMETRY Examples

The example below demonstrates how to use the ST_ASEWKT function. The example returns the EWKT representations of two geometries.

CREATE OR REPLACE TABLE geometry_table (g GEOMETRY);
INSERT INTO geometry_table VALUES
  ('POINT(-122.35 37.55)'), ('LINESTRING(0.75 0.75, -10 20)');

ALTER SESSION SET GEOMETRY_OUTPUT_FORMAT='WKT';
SELECT ST_ASWKT(g) FROM geometry_table;
+------------------------------+
| ST_ASWKT(G)                  |
|------------------------------|
| POINT(-122.35 37.55)         |
| LINESTRING(0.75 0.75,-10 20) |
+------------------------------+
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