I am using PostgreSQL database and there is a field in a table(area), i.e., public.geography(Points,4326). It contains below type of records


I am using ST_AsGeoJson(), to get the GeoJSON through above types of records.

My database is connected and I am using a query to fetch result, i.e.,

$query="SELECT  ST_AsGeoJSON(geog) FROM area"; 

But I am getting below warning and not getting any results

Warning: pg_query(): Query failed: ERROR: function st_asgeojson(public.geography) does not exist LINE 1: SELECT ST_AsGeoJSON(geog) FROM public.area ^ HINT: No function matches the given name and argument types. You might need to add explicit type casts. in /home/domain/public_html/sg_database.php on line 20

How can I solve it?

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    What version of PostGIS are you using? If you have a really old version (older than 1.5.0) St_AsGeoJSON doesn't support geography, only geometry. Next thing to check, is PostGIS and its functions installed into its own schema, and if so, is that schema in your search path? – HeyOverThere Jan 31 '15 at 15:14
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    Have you tried casting to geometry, eg, SELECT ST_As_GeoJSON(geog::geometry) from area; – John Powell Jan 31 '15 at 18:43

I was struggling with the same problem today. Finally got a solution that I am sharing here.

The root of the problem is search_path of postgres database.

sudo su postgres
psql database_name

the check out the search_path of the database

database_name=# show search_path

your schema that has the postgis extension should be in the search_path. To check which schema has the postgis extionsion use following command in postgres psql

database_name=# \dx

This will list all your extensions and corresponding schemas. To add the postgis schema to search_path, use following query.

database_name=# ALTER DATABASE database_name SET search_path TO schema_name,public,topology;
database_name=# ALTER ROLE database_user SET search_path to schema_name, public, topology;

This worked for me. Hope it helps. Cheers!


you can try this:

select st_asgeojson(st_astext(geog)) from area;
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    ST_ASGeoJSON takes either a geom or a geog but most definitely not a text string. – John Powell Sep 25 '15 at 7:19

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