I have a GeoJSON polygon, and a table with lots of points. I want to SELECT all points that are within an arbitrary GeoJSON polygon.

How can I do that with PostGIS SQL?

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    What do you mean with GeoJSON polygon? Do you have that saved into a file on your hard disk or what?
    – user30184
    Commented Aug 3, 2015 at 11:25
  • I have it as a JSON object.
    – knutole
    Commented Aug 3, 2015 at 11:27

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You need a ST_GeomFromGeoJSON

select * 
from points p
where ST_Within(

Edit: ST_Intersects works also (need to set SRID on GeoJSON, and transform):

select row_to_json(t) 
from (select * from table 
where st_intersects(
table.geom)) as t;
  • Ansewer is on point :)... But you may be interrested to know there is a JavaScript library for processing Geojson turf.js - github.com/Turfjs/turf. If you are considering for a web based implementation
    – user33290
    Commented Aug 3, 2015 at 12:47
  • How can I do a subquery on this also? ie. instead of FROM select * from table, I want to do FROM (select * from table where height>1500) as sub - but this doesn't work. Why?
    – knutole
    Commented Aug 3, 2015 at 14:31

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