This line:

FROM myLayer.geom

will return a hex value.

How would I get decimal values, which is a human-readable coordination?

4 Answers 4


Use ST_AsText to view the point object:

SELECT ST_AsText(the_geom) 
       FROM myTable;

To view X, Y, and the geom object:

SELECT ST_X(the_geom), ST_Y(the_geom), ST_AsText(the_geom) 
       FROM myTable;
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    I believe that ST_X & ST_Y will work only with points. They do not work with polygons or lines. Commented Jul 31, 2013 at 9:16
  • you are right Devdatta. it works only for points. ST_X — Return the X coordinate of the point, or NULL if not available. Input must be a point. i have updated my answer.
    – urcm
    Commented Jul 31, 2013 at 9:19
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    For polygons/lines, use st_x(st_centroid(the_geom)) Commented Sep 18, 2013 at 22:26
  • @Aragon is the "the_geom" in your answer represents an object??does that mean that i can pass an object geometry?
    – Amrmsmb
    Commented May 15, 2021 at 6:39

In addition to ST_AsText (which returns geometry as WKT / Well Known Text), there are several additional output formats, like ST_AsGeoJSON().

Take a look in http://postgis.net/docs/manual-2.0/reference.html#Geometry_Outputs and choose, what fits your needs best.


With a table in UTM

ST_X(table.geometry) AS X1, --point x
ST_Y(table.geometry) AS Y1, --point y
ST_X(ST_TRANSFORM(table.geometry,4674)) AS LONG, -- longitude point x SIRGAS 2000
ST_Y(ST_TRANSFORM(table.geometry,4674)) AS LAT, --latitude point y SIRGAS 2000
ST_ASTEXT(table.geometry) AS XY, --wkt point xy
ST_ASTEXT(ST_TRANSFORM(table.geometry,4674)) AS LongLat --using st_transform to get wkt with longitude and latitude (4674 is the SIRGAS 2000 SRC by south america)
SELECT * ST_AsText(the_geom) FROM table2;

Source: Getting geometry from multiple tables using PostGIS?

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    You may need to add a , after the * , in order to properly separate fields: SELECT *, ST_AsText(the_geom) FROM table2;
    – Pierre
    Commented Sep 26, 2018 at 15:11

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