To reproject a table into different CRS is a very common practice in geospatial analysis. However, I am still struggling to reproject my table in PostGIS, after reading loads of Q&A related to this topic.

Here I got a table with a set of points. The original SRID is 28356

SELECT Find_SRID('public', 'pts', 'geom');

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I'd like to reproject the table to 4326 for further analysis.

Firstly, I used ST_Transform, but failed with this error message: ERROR: Geometry SRID (4326) does not match column SRID (28356)

UPDATE pts SET geom = ST_Transform(geom,4326);

Then I tried ALTER table but got the same error: ERROR: Geometry SRID (4326) does not match column SRID (28356)

  TYPE Geometry(Point, 4326) 

Finally, the UpdateGeometrySRID function seems running correctly and the Find_SRID query return 4326 as expected.

However, when loading the modified layer to the map canvas, they are not in the correct location.

SELECT UpdateGeometrySRID('public', 'pts', 'geom', 4326);
SELECT Find_SRID('public', 'pts', 'geom');

Is there anything wrong with my query?

  • It's also common practice in geospatial analysis to project from one data object to another. Your attempt at in-situ change is the issue here. I would suggest creating a new table for the new SRID.
    – Vince
    Commented May 25, 2021 at 0:47
  • or just a new column - there is no problem having multiple geometry columns
    – Ian Turton
    Commented May 25, 2021 at 10:45

2 Answers 2


You need to alter the table column and transform the data in one step:

  TYPE Geometry(Point, 4326) 
USING ST_Transform(geom, 4326);

What if you try specifying a source SRID and target SRID, one of the options in the [documentation][1], in the query used to load the table?

SELECT ST_Transform(geom, 28356, 4326);

Another option would be, as @Scorpio mentioned, to create a new table with the desired SRID

CREATE TABLE new_table
  AS (SELECT ST_Transform(geom, 28356, 4326)  FROM old_table);

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