is there a way to reproject a feature collection into a new one with another coordinate reference system? I am trying to achieve this by using geotools's reprojector:

SimpleFeatureSource featureSource = ...
SimpleFeatureCollection sfc = new ReprojectingFeatureCollection(featureSource.getFeatures(),

sfc presents another schema's CRS but its geometries looks the same before reprojecting. What am I missing? Do I have to manually create a new geometry with desired CRS and coordinates for each geometry in featureSource or geotools offer a more elegant and efficient way to do this? I am using geotools version 17.2.

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This code works for me:

public static void main(String[] args) throws IOException, NoSuchAuthorityCodeException, FactoryException {
     if(args.length==0) {
       System.err.println("usage: Reprojector shapefile.shp");
     FileDataStore ds = FileDataStoreFinder.getDataStore(new File(args[0]));
     SimpleFeatureCollection features = ds.getFeatureSource().getFeatures();
     try(SimpleFeatureIterator itr=features.features()){
       int count=0;
       while(itr.hasNext()&&count++<10) {
         System.out.println(((Geometry) itr.next().getDefaultGeometry()).getCentroid());
     ReprojectingFeatureCollection rfc = new ReprojectingFeatureCollection(features, CRS.decode("epsg:3875"));
     try(SimpleFeatureIterator itr=rfc.features()){
       int count=0;
       while(itr.hasNext()&&count++<10) {
         System.out.println(((Geometry) itr.next().getDefaultGeometry()).getCentroid());

giving this output:

POINT (-69.97420075028728 12.516935269076281)
POINT (66.00844744953935 33.836266910437075)

POINT (7865991.086526802 4801048.897930129)
POINT (4827402.208410819 25805775.61452194)
  • Hello, I want to reproject EPSG:32632 features in EPSG:4326. As I run your code I obtain this point, POINT (626913.7451504259 5058702.588350934) correspond to this one: POINT (45.67025422985437 10.629381224435772) I think that point should looks like this: POINT (10.629381224435772 45.67025422985437) Am I wrong?
    – Francesco
    Commented Sep 19, 2017 at 16:22
  • that is correct - see docs.geotools.org/stable/userguide/library/referencing/…
    – Ian Turton
    Commented Sep 19, 2017 at 16:24
  • That was. Hours wasted because I forgot a system property.. Could be useful to mention that system property directly in your answer. I'll accept it.
    – Francesco
    Commented Sep 19, 2017 at 16:39
  • that system property is only relevant if you have swapped your axes by mistake in general learn to like lat,lon :-)
    – Ian Turton
    Commented Sep 19, 2017 at 16:47
  • Doesn't changing the wrapped Geometries in a collection work as well? So you don't have the need to create a new collection nor layer.
    – Campa
    Commented Aug 30, 2018 at 14:45

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