I've already checked all previous similar question. I'm asking again just because I need to be more specific by describing the database structure I am working with.

CREATE TABLE stores (name varchar, geom geometry);
CREATE INDEX geoid ON stores USING gist((geom::geography))

INSERT INTO stores VALUES ('Store name', 'ST_SetSRID(ST_MakePoint(16.123, 51.321), 4326)')
/* where 16.123 is longitude and 51.321 is latitude */

Until now we only perform search-in-radius (circle) queries, with the following sintax

SELECT ST_X(geom) as longitude, ST_Y(geom) as latitude FROM stores WHERE
ST_DWithin("stores"."geom", ST_MakePoint(15, 50)::geography, 10000)
/* where 15 is longitude, 50 is latitude and 10000 is the radius in meters */

As stated in the title, now we also need to perform some query to get all stores within a bounding box, starting from lat_north, lng_east, lat_south, lng_west.

Should I use the ST_DWithin function again? Maybe with the ST_MakeEnvelope. I'm also confused by the use of the geography cast in the "radius" query.

  • 3
    With one of the geometries passed in as GEOGRAPHY, the other is auto-cast to GEOGRAPHY under the hood. This allows for proximity searches in meter rather than unit of CRS (degrees in this case). This is reflected by the index you added.
    – geozelot
    Jun 10, 2020 at 10:59
  • It's faster to load the data and then index it
    – Ian Turton
    Jun 10, 2020 at 12:06

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Please, please make sure you add a spatial index to your table, then you can use the && operator.

SELECT ST_X(geom) as longitude, ST_Y(geom) as latitude FROM stores 
WHERE geom && ST_MakeEnvelope(left, bottom, right, top, 4326)
  • I would emphasize that && makes comparison by bounding boxes and while it gives exact result for points it may select some additional geometries from other geometry types.
    – user30184
    Jun 10, 2020 at 10:44
  • Actually I forgot to mention the spatial index. Check the question, I've just edit
    – radar155
    Jun 10, 2020 at 10:56
  • could you please clarify how to use the && operator in this particular situation? Unfortunately, the example in the link you provided is not clear to me
    – radar155
    Jun 10, 2020 at 11:32
  • @user30184 - OP has points and boxes && will work just fine
    – Ian Turton
    Jun 10, 2020 at 12:03
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    Sure yes but it does not make harm to know that with linestrigs and polygons && may lead to extra hits. Some other user may apply this answer to another problem in the future.
    – user30184
    Jun 10, 2020 at 12:29

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