ST_Covers — Returns 1 (TRUE) if no point in Geometry B is outside Geometry A


boolean ST_Covers(geometry geomA, geometry geomB);

boolean ST_Covers(geography geogpolyA, geography geogpointB);


Returns 1 (TRUE) if no point in Geometry/Geography B is outside Geometry/Geography A

Performed by the GEOS module


Do not call with a GEOMETRYCOLLECTION as an argument


For geography only Polygon covers point is supported.


Do not use this function with invalid geometries. You will get unexpected results.

This function call will automatically include a bounding box comparison that will make use of any indexes that are available on the geometries. To avoid index use, use the function _ST_Covers.

Availability: 1.2.2 - requires GEOS >= 3.0

Availability: 1.5 - support for geography was introduced.

NOTE: this is the "allowable" version that returns a boolean, not an integer.

Not an OGC standard, but Oracle has it too.

There are certain subtleties to ST_Contains and ST_Within that are not intuitively obvious. For details check out Subtleties of OGC Covers, Contains, Within


Geometry example

	--a circle covering a circle
SELECT ST_Covers(smallc,smallc) As smallinsmall,
	ST_Covers(smallc, bigc) As smallcoversbig,
	ST_Covers(bigc, ST_ExteriorRing(bigc)) As bigcoversexterior,
	ST_Contains(bigc, ST_ExteriorRing(bigc)) As bigcontainsexterior
FROM (SELECT ST_Buffer(ST_GeomFromText('POINT(1 2)'), 10) As smallc,
	ST_Buffer(ST_GeomFromText('POINT(1 2)'), 20) As bigc) As foo;
 smallinsmall | smallcoversbig | bigcoversexterior | bigcontainsexterior
 t            | f              | t                 | f
(1 row)	

Geeography Example

-- a point with a 300 meter buffer compared to a point, a point and its 10 meter buffer
SELECT ST_Covers(geog_poly, geog_pt) As poly_covers_pt, 
	ST_Covers(ST_Buffer(geog_pt,10), geog_pt) As buff_10m_covers_cent
	FROM (SELECT ST_Buffer(ST_GeogFromText('SRID=4326;POINT(-99.327 31.4821)'), 300) As geog_poly,
				ST_GeogFromText('SRID=4326;POINT(-99.33 31.483)') As geog_pt ) As foo;
 poly_covers_pt | buff_10m_covers_cent
 f              | t

See Also

ST_Contains, ST_CoveredBy, ST_Within