Faced such a problem (or maybe it's a bug). I get different results when using the ST_Simplify function in PostGIS 3.0.0 and PostGIS 2.5.3.

There are source data that are simplified by using a query:

SELECT ST_Simplify(geometry, 20) FROM source_table

For verification, I created two databases on different OS. PostgreSQL11-PostGIS-3 and PostgreSQL11-PostgiGIS-2.5 with the same data mapping and SRID.


Postgis 2.5.3 enter image description here enter image description here

Postgis 3.0.0enter image description here

PostGIS 3 lost a lot of small hole geometries, although the source data and the request are the same. Why is this happening and how to fix it in PostGIS-3?


Yes, SRID 3857 in both cases.

I try ST_Simplify(geometry, 20, false) and ST_Simplify(geometry, 20, true) in Postgis 3 it did not help.

Postgis_full_version(); POSTGIS="3.0.0 r17983" [EXTENSION] PGSQL="110" GEOS="3.7.2-CAPI-1.11.2 b55d2125" PROJ="Rel. 5.2.0, September 15th, 2018" LIBXML="2.9.4" LIBJSON="0.13.1" LIBPROTOBUF="1.3.1" WAGYU="0.4.3 (Internal)"

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    As per documentation, there is no change in ST_Siplify function between 2.5 and 3.0. Maybe a bug? Maybe try to call this function with preserveCollapsed parameter set to true. Or did you try ST_SimlifyVW? By my experiences, it produces better results...
    – DavidP
    Commented Feb 21, 2020 at 6:21
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    There are some changes in handling the 3rd parameter (github.com/postgis/postgis/commit/…). Should be set to false by default for 2.5 as well as for 3.0, but I'm not a C expert. Definitely a thing to try...
    – DavidP
    Commented Feb 21, 2020 at 7:05
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    It would be much easier to test if you could provide some test data. Are you sure about having data in same SRID in both databases?
    – user30184
    Commented Feb 21, 2020 at 9:18
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    do you get the same results for different runs on both versions?
    – geozelot
    Commented Feb 21, 2020 at 10:48
  • @user30184 yes same SRID in both databases Commented Feb 21, 2020 at 10:58

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Bug #4568: Oversimplification of polygon inner rings in ST_Simplify was fixed in PostGIS 3.0.1.

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