I have been reading a lot about PostGIS, but I am struggling to find a good beginner's guide.

Which tutorials/books do you recommend?

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A good start can be the PostGIS Manual edited by Paul Ramsey. Boundless' Introduction to PostGIS

Boundless (formerly opengeo) has a very very good workshop with a lot of exercises on the PostGIS database. I would start with this one.

Some starting points to consider:

Also, for general introduction to PostgreSQL I quite enjoyed 'Beginning Databases with PostreSQL' book by Matthew & Stones.


My way to find PostGIS was http://bostongis.org/?content_name=postgis_tut01#20

there is three parts of the tutorial. I really like it.

Then I have to mention: http://postgisonline.org

I have tried to build a way of trying spatial SQL queries online. There are a very few tutorials there: http://postgisonline.org/tutorials

anyone can write a tutorial and use it through the site. Look at http://postgisonline.org/doc There is still a lot to do with the site but there is not time enough.


Take a look at Portable GIS:

provide beginners with a ready-installed and configured stack of open source GIS tools that would run in windows without the need for emulation or a live cdemulation or a live cd

i.e. You can have it up and running on a USB stick. Very handy for workplace environments.

It has on it:
PostgreSQL (version 8.4)/Postgis (version 1.4)


Since this year (2014), we've got the excellent "PostGIS Cookbook" from Packt publishing [Paolo Corti, Stephen Vincent Mather, Thomas J Kraft, Bborie Park]

Here's the link: http://www.packtpub.com/postgis-to-store-organize-manipulate-analyze-spatial-data-cookbook/book

A lot of cases are explained with working instructions.


Try this book it's awesome


very clear, lot of examples.

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