I've been following along to this tutorial from CartoDB.

I create the GeoJSON using:

var drawing = "'"+JSON.stringify(layer.toGeoJSON())+"'";

and then inserting using a custom SQL function which includes:

_the_geom := ST_SetSRID(ST_GeomFromGeoJSON(_geojson),4326);

I get the error: Invalid GeoJSON representation. I've tried entering the sql my javascript produces directly into the CartoDB console and get the same error. Example below.

SELECT insert_data(

Reading the documentation on the function I read "ST_GeomFromGeoJSON works only for JSON Geometry fragments. It throws an error if you try to use it on a whole JSON document." Could the error I get be because of the empty properties object?

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The ST_GeomFromGeoJSON really only expects to be fed the geometry portion of the object, so this works:

select st_astext(st_geomfromgeojson(
       '{"type": "Point",
         "coordinates": [-71.11295700073242,42.37896312335581]}'

So you'd want something more like this in your JS:

var drawing = "'"+JSON.stringify(layer.toGeoJSON().geometry)+"'";
  • can you specify a specific projection used ? (e.g different from EPSG:4326)
    – Pak
    May 16, 2016 at 13:39
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    If your coordinates are not lon/lat just wrap ST_SetSRID() around the whole thing. May 17, 2016 at 13:29

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