Is there a quick way to produce a column/series containing the WKTs of all the geometries in a GeoPandas GeoDataFrame?

I got around this using the apply function (see example below), but I just wanted to check if there is a better\quicker way to do this.

import geopandas as gpd
from shapely.geometry import Point

mydf = gpd.GeoDataFrame({'x':[1,2,3],

def get_wkt(geom):
    return geom.wkt

wkt_col = mydf.geometry.apply(get_wkt)


The output I'm looking for (which the code above produces) is copied below:

<class 'pandas.core.series.Series'>
0    POINT (0 0)
1    POINT (1 1)
2    POINT (2 2)
Name: geometry, dtype: object


Here are some performance measures from the main suggestions:

# My original method:
267 µs ± 9.31 µs per loop (mean ± std. dev. of 7 runs, 1000 loops each)

# martinfleis' method:
57.9 µs ± 629 ns per loop (mean ± std. dev. of 7 runs, 10000 loops each)

# gene's first method:
mydf.apply(lambda row:row['geometry'].wkt, axis=1)
461 µs ± 4.46 µs per loop (mean ± std. dev. of 7 runs, 1000 loops each)

# gene's second method
[geom.wkt for geom in mydf.geometry]
61.6 µs ± 1.41 µs per loop (mean ± std. dev. of 7 runs, 10000 loops each)

2 Answers 2


UPDATE: As of GeoPandas 0.9, there is a to_wkt method.

mydf['wkt'] = mydf.geometry.to_wkt()

Yes, there is to_wkt method in semi-private array module. I think it should be public in future, will have a look into that.

Use it as following to get an array of WKTs.

wkt_array = gpd.array.to_wkt(mydf.geometry.values)
mydf['wkt'] = wkt_array


mydf["wkt"]= mydf.apply(lambda row:row['geometry'].wkt, axis=1)
   x  y            geometry          wkt
0  1  a  POINT (0.00000 0.00000)  POINT (0 0)
1  2  b  POINT (1.00000 1.00000)  POINT (1 1)
2  3  c  POINT (2.00000 2.00000)  POINT (2 2)


wkt = [geom.wkt for geom in mydf.geometry]
  • Thanks for the suggestion, @gene! The first method you suggest is ostensibly identical to the alternative I showed in my question. The list comprehension version, though, is really quick! Thanks!
    – Felipe D.
    Commented Nov 6, 2020 at 21:01

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