ST_AsText — Return the Well-Known Text (WKT) representation of the geometry/geography without SRID metadata.


text ST_AsText(geometry g1);

text ST_AsText(geometry g1, integer maxdecimaldigits = 15);

text ST_AsText(geography g1);

text ST_AsText(geography g1, integer maxdecimaldigits = 15);


Returns the OGC Well-Known Text (WKT) representation of the geometry/geography. The optional maxdecimaldigits argument may be used to limit the number of digits after the decimal point in output ordinates (defaults to 15).

To perform the inverse conversion of WKT representation to PostGIS geometry use ST_GeomFromText.


The standard OGC WKT representation does not include the SRID. To include the SRID as part of the output representation, use the non-standard PostGIS function ST_AsEWKT


The textual representation of numbers in WKT may not maintain full floating-point precision. To ensure full accuracy for data storage or transport it is best to use Well-Known Binary (WKB) format (see ST_AsBinary and maxdecimaldigits).


Using the maxdecimaldigits parameter can cause output geometry to become invalid. To avoid this use ST_ReducePrecision with a suitable gridsize first.

Availability: 1.5 - support for geography was introduced.

Enhanced: 2.5 - optional parameter precision introduced.

This method implements the OGC Simple Features Implementation Specification for SQL 1.1. s2.1.1.1

This method implements the SQL/MM specification. SQL-MM 3: 5.1.25

This method supports Circular Strings and Curves


SELECT ST_AsText('01030000000100000005000000000000000000

 POLYGON((0 0,0 1,1 1,1 0,0 0))

Full precision output is the default.

SELECT ST_AsText('POINT(111.1111111 1.1111111)'));
 POINT(111.1111111 1.1111111)

The maxdecimaldigits argument can be used to limit output precision.

SELECT ST_AsText('POINT(111.1111111 1.1111111)'), 2);
 POINT(111.11 1.11)

See Also

ST_AsBinary, ST_AsEWKB, ST_AsEWKT, ST_GeomFromText