So I've imported a osm dataset into a PostGIS db using osm2pgsql, however when I call

ST_asText( way )

I get weird coordinates like

"POINT(16767838.9 -4051592.94)"

What format are these longitude latitude points? How do I convert them to I guess "normal" longitude latitude points like

  • what area of the world are you working in?
    – ed.hank
    Sep 16, 2015 at 14:20
  • openstreetmapdata.com/info/projections. this shows the normal projection of the osm. you should use a transform to get the data to ll84 if that is what you desire.
    – Brad Nesom
    Sep 16, 2015 at 14:22
  • Try select ST_AsText(ST_Transform(way, 4326))
    – user30184
    Sep 16, 2015 at 14:28

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If you never want to use web mercator coordinates you can import using the osm2pgsql --latlong option. That will store the coordinates as wgs84 lat/lon.

See the osm2pgsql command line docs for further information: https://github.com/openstreetmap/osm2pgsql/blob/master/docs/usage.md


OSM stores coordinates in Web Mercator projection, EPSG:3857.

as @user30184 says, transform them to EPSG:4326 (that is, wgs84 lat/lon) using

select ST_AsText(ST_Transform(way, 4326))

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