I need to split polygons (layer 'pol') by both closed and non-closed linestrings (layer 'lin').

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Unfortunately I don't get proper results running the following query.

CREATE VIEW splitted_pol AS
    g.path[1] as gid, 
    g.geom::geometry(polygon, SRID) as geom 
    (ST_Dump(ST_Split(pol.geom, lin.geom))).* 
    FROM pol, lin
) as g;

In my example ST_Split should create six polygons (layer 'splitted_pol').

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  • You need to feed the the geoms recursively to ST_Split. – Jakub Kania May 11 '15 at 13:07
  • Can you please help me with the SQL query? I'm new to PostGIS. – Lunar Sea May 14 '15 at 14:19
  • What exactly does your input layers contain? I see layer 'pol' with a red square and a triangle polygon and layer 'lin' with only one dark blue vertical line. And why do you expect 6 polygons? I whould not take the "border" into account. – Stefan Jul 12 '15 at 1:03
  • I've added a screenshot to illustrate the layers. – Lunar Sea Jul 12 '15 at 7:39
  • Any chance you could add the input geometries? – John Powell Jul 12 '15 at 7:54

You could create function something like this:

create or replace function ST_MultiSplit(geom Geometry, blades Geometry) RETURNS Geometry AS $$
  FOR i IN 1..ST_NumGeometries(blades)
        geom = ST_Split(geom, ST_GeometryN(blades, i));
     END LOOP;
  RETURN geom;
$$ LANGUAGE plpgsql;

Then use it like:

Select ST_AsEWKT(a.geom) from (
   select (ST_Dump(ST_MultiSplit(pol.geom, (
      select ST_MemUnion(lin.geom) from lin where ST_Intersects(pol.geom, lin.geom) = 't')
 ))).geom geom from pol) a;

This gives the six records you are expecting. You may want to add some error checking/handling and I'm not sure about scalability.


I am using postGIS sql to split feature by line in JAVA, and my code worked. my code is:

public List splitGeometry(String geom1, String geom2) {

    List<String> result=new ArrayList<String>() ;
    try {

        Statement s = connection.createStatement();
        String sql_stat = null;
        sql_stat = "select st_astext (a.geom)from (select ( st_dump(p_geom)).geom as geom FROM (SELECT  st_split(ST_GeomFromEWKT('"+geom1+"') ,ST_GeomFromEWKT('"+geom2+"'))AS p_geom) AS b) AS a;";
        ResultSet rs=  s.executeQuery(sql_stat);
        while (rs.next()){
            result.add(rs.getString(1)) ;
    } catch (Exception e) {
    return result ;

I hope help you.

  • Thanks for your help but I'm trying to figure out a PostGIS only solution since I don't know how to link QGIS with JAVA. – Lunar Sea Jul 11 '15 at 15:30
  • QGIS is written in C++ and there are Python bindings. So you can develop your own applications using those languages. You cannot use Java.You can use instead of postGIS. – Samane Jul 12 '15 at 4:31
  • Is there a way to split polygon features by linestring features using PostGIS without any C++/Python applications? I've no programming experience. – Lunar Sea Jul 12 '15 at 20:46
  • You use PostGIS and Java, Without the need for C++ and Python. You can also use the geotools in Java. – Samane Jul 13 '15 at 4:14

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