There are many articles about how convert GeoJSON to TopoJSON using JavaScript, but I could not find how to convert TopoJSON to GeoJSON in the browser.


Using http://d3js.org/topojson.v1.min.js, TopoJSON API’s feature() method we can convert a high-level TopoJSON object back into a GeoJSON structure:

geojson = topojson.feature(topojson,topojson.objects[topologyKey]);
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    Which is the best article you could find? At what point did you get stuck?
    – Mesa
    Jan 28, 2019 at 19:55
  • I find the answer, thx very much, using the TopoJson: d3js.org/topojson.v1.min.js, i can convert topoJson in GeoJson:
    – gurrumo
    Jan 28, 2019 at 20:20
  • Using the TopoJSON API’s feature() method we can convert a high-level TopoJSON object back into a GeoJSON structure
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    Jan 28, 2019 at 20:21
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The answer isn't quite correct as the 1st topojson in geojson = topojson.feature(topojson, topojson.objects[topologyKey]); is the function from d3js.org/topojson... while the 2nd and 3rd topojson is an object variable, e.g. one uploaded from countries-110m.json. Let's call such variable topoJson then the correct statement is:

geojson = topojson.feature(topoJson,topoJson.objects[topologyKey]);

There is a more recent version: d3js.org/topojson.v3.min.js or if you prefer more readable JavaScript: "https://d3js.org/topojson.v3.js".

It may be also useful to note in

geojson = topojson.feature(topoJson,topoJson.objects[topologyKey]);

the topologyKey can be for instance countries or land; so if you are applying it to such topojson(s) like countries-110m.json, i.e.:

geojson = topojson.feature(topoJson,topoJson.objects.countries);


geojson = topojson.feature(topoJson,topoJson.objects.land);

And if you want the features of both, countries and land, then you can do:

countries = topojson.feature(topoJson, topoJson.objects.countries);
land = topojson.feature(topoJson, topoJson.objects.land);
geoJson = {
  type: 'FeatureCollection', 
  features: countries.features.concat(land.features)

(This can be put on just 2 lines of code...) (BTW using names like topoJson or geojson is a bit misleading - JSON is a text, while these variables are objects...)


sorry for posting a refrence but its nice readme says

" TopoJSON is an extension of GeoJSON that encodes topology. Rather than representing geometries discretely, geometries in TopoJSON files are stitched together from shared line segments called arcs. This technique is similar to Matt Bloch’s MapShaper and the Arc/Info Export format, .e00. "


//<script src="topojson.js">

    geojson = topojson.feature(topoJson,topoJson.objects[topologyKey]);

check out some esample data


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