I would like to read the data from PostGIS OSM database to Java object. I have 'planet_osm_line' table. I'd like to get 'osm_id' and 'way' column read by ResultSet, as here:

stmt = con.createStatement();
ResultSet rs = stmt.executeQuery(query);
List<OSMLineData> osmLineDataList = new ArrayList<OSMLineData>();
while (rs.next()) {
    LineString ls = (LineString) rs.getObject("way");
    OSMLineData osmLineData = new OSMLineData(rs.getInt("osm_id"), (LineString) rs.getObject("way"));
return osmLineDataList;

However, I get an ereor:

Caused by: java.lang.ClassCastException: org.postgresql.util.PGobject cannot be cast to com.vividsolutions.jts.geom.LineString

When I change it to read String rs.getString(way), and I also change the class variable type from Linestring to String, I am getting some weird representation of 'way' data.

I thought that it would be ok to import data for 'way' column with 'st_astext(way)' to the variable of String type, and then somehow change it to Linestring type from JTS. Is this a correct way? Is there a different, more efficient way to do this?

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The easiest way (that I know of) is to use the GeoTools library to handle all the complex database interaction and geometry conversions. Your code boils down to this:

Map<String, Object> params = new HashMap<>();
params.put(PostgisNGDataStoreFactory.DBTYPE.key, PostgisNGDataStoreFactory.DBTYPE.sample);
params.put(PostgisNGDataStoreFactory.PORT.key, 5432);
params.put(PostgisNGDataStoreFactory.HOST.key, "localhost");
params.put(PostgisNGDataStoreFactory.HOST.key, "localhost");
params.put(PostgisNGDataStoreFactory.USER.key, "ian");
params.put(PostgisNGDataStoreFactory.PASSWD.key, "ianian");
params.put(PostgisNGDataStoreFactory.DATABASE.key, "osm");
params.put(PostgisNGDataStoreFactory.SCHEMA.key, "ospr");
DataStore postgisDS = DataStoreFinder.getDataStore(params);
SimpleFeatureSource source = postgisDS.getFeatureSource("ways");
List<OSMLineData> osmLineDataList = new ArrayList<>();
try (SimpleFeatureIterator it = source.getFeatures().features()) {
  while (it.hasNext()) {
    SimpleFeature feature = it.next();
    OSMLineData osmLineData = new OSMLineData(feature.getID(), (LineString) feature.getDefaultGeometry());



On the PostGIS side, use ST_AsBinary(way) to convert your geometry to well-known binary (WKB) format.

On the Java side, read the WKB into a byte[] with the getBytes method of ResultSet and use a JTS WKBReader to parse the byte[] array into a JTS geometry.

You can also use ST_AsText, but your geometries will be modified slightly because ST_AsText does not preserve full coordinate precision.

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