I'm inside a bash script trying to import a GeoJSON file into a SQLite DB. I tried both ...

SPATIALITE_SECURITY=relaxed sqlite3 'db.sqlite' "SELECT load_extension('mod_spatialite')" "SELECT ImportGeoJSON('file.geojson', 'osmgeojson')"

... and ...

sqlite3 'db.sqlite' "SELECT load_extension('mod_spatialite')" "SELECT ImportGeoJSON('file.geojson', 'osmgeojson')"

... but either way I get this error:

Error: no such function: ImportGeoJSON

Note that in both cases I did set SPATIALITE_SECURITY=relaxed as the docs said ( http://www.gaia-gis.it/gaia-sins/spatialite-sql-latest.html ).

I'm sure that SpatiaLite is loaded correctly, as it throws no error and this command ...

SPATIALITE_SECURITY=relaxed sqlite3 'db.sqlite' "SELECT load_extension('mod_spatialite')" "SELECT spatialite_version()"

... returns ...


What could be causing this error?

1 Answer 1


Looking at Spatialite's timeline I realised that ImportGeoJSON() was introduced after 5.0.0-beta0 so obviously it wasn't supported by the 4.3.0a I had on my system.

I have updated Spatialite to 5.0.1 (actually I had to upgrade Ubuntu 20.04 to 21.04 to do that without compiling it) and now the function is recognised.

  • Spatialite 5.0.1 on Ubuntu 22.04 does not recognise the function. Possibly something else missing. Jan 11, 2023 at 10:18

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