I try to convert some coordinates from "EPSG:31469" to "EPSG:3857" and back.

With the heavy framework GeoTools it seems to work pretty precise.

"EPSG:31469" - 5439627.33,          5661628.09
"EPSG:3857"  - 1573655.6648492748,  6636624.730959651
"EPSG:31469" - 5439627.330626475,   5661628.099510074

But I would like to use the lightweight library Proj4j (https://github.com/Proj4J/proj4j) which produces massive deviation:

"EPSG:31469" - 5439627.33,          5661628.09
"EPSG:3857"  - 1573659.9666159092   6603334.624358153
"EPSG:31469" - 5439626.576916553    5661585.491150079

Any ideas why this is the case?

My code:

import org.cts.crs.CRSException;
import org.osgeo.proj4j.CRSFactory;
import org.osgeo.proj4j.CoordinateTransform;
import org.osgeo.proj4j.CoordinateTransformFactory;
import org.osgeo.proj4j.ProjCoordinate;

public class Test

    public static void main(String[] args) throws CRSException
        ProjCoordinate coord = new ProjCoordinate(5439627.33, 5661628.09);

        ProjCoordinate target = new ProjCoordinate();
        CRSFactory crsFactory = new CRSFactory();
        CoordinateTransformFactory f = new CoordinateTransformFactory();
        CoordinateTransform t;

        t = f.createTransform(crsFactory.createFromName("EPSG:31469"),

        t.transform(coord, target);


        ProjCoordinate coord2 = new ProjCoordinate(target.x, target.y);

        t = f.createTransform(crsFactory.createFromName("EPSG:3857"),

        t.transform(coord2, target);

        System.out.println(target.x - coord.x);
        System.out.println(target.y - coord.y);



2 Answers 2


You have a problem with your code, because in Python with pyproj (python interface to PROJ4 library)

from pyproj import Proj, transform
inProj  = Proj("+init=EPSG:31469")
outProj = Proj("+init=EPSG:3857")
x1,y1 =  (5439627.33,5661628.09)
x2,y2 =transform(inProj,outProj,x1,y1)
x3,y3 =  transform(outProj,inProj,x2,y2)
print x1,y1
5439627.33 5661628.09
print x2,y2
1573657.37085 6636624.40597
print x3,y3
5439627.33052 5661628.09049

The core of the library OSGEO Proj4J is a port of the ​PROJ.4 C library and it is specified that:

Status: Currently this library is still being created, and is not yet ready for download

There is a mailing list The Proj4j Archives and the last post is from Mars 2016 (for user30184)


Thanks to AndreJ! The fork of proj4j at https://github.com/dwins/proj4j works precisely on EPSG:3857

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