Is there a way to simplify multipolygon by removing small gaps in PostGIS? Example:


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It could also simplify the shape as ST_Simplify does but in addition it should remove small gaps between parts of the multipolygon.

  • Is that one multipolygon or two single parts?
    – BERA
    Aug 27, 2022 at 16:33

3 Answers 3


In the upcoming PostGIS 3.3 ST_ConcaveHull has been enhanced so that it respects boundaries when polygons are provided as input. So for this case you should be able to simply create a concave hull around the input, with a suitable concaveness parameter.

The result should look something like this: enter image description here

See also this blog post on the Concave Hull of Polygons algorithm.

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    Thank you. I will accept your answer once PostGIS 3.3 is released. Aug 27, 2022 at 16:45
  • It's just been released: postgis.net/2022/08/27/postgis-3.3.0-released
    – dr_jts
    Aug 27, 2022 at 20:26
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    I've upgraded, but I am getting ERROR: lwgeom_concavehull: GEOS Error: IllegalStateException: Unable to find a convex corner. Aug 28, 2022 at 8:48
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    Add your geometry as WKT into your question so others can have a try with the same data.
    – user30184
    Aug 28, 2022 at 8:54
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    There is a small known bug in the new algorithm, and unfortunately you've found it. Posting your geometries as WKT will help to fix this.
    – dr_jts
    Sep 1, 2022 at 5:24

Join the layer to itself by distance, snap and union:

WITH clusters 
  AS(select st_clusterdbscan(geom, 0, 2) over() cluster_id, geom 
    (select a.id as aid, case when a.geom is not null and b.geom is not null then st_snap(a.geom, b.geom, 500) else a.geom end as geom
    from public.polywithgaps a
    left join public.polywithgaps b
    on st_dwithin(a.geom, b.geom, 500) --Change 500 to the distance you want to snap
    and a.id<b.id) sub)
select st_union(geom) geom from clusters
where cluster_id is not null
group by cluster_id
select geom from clusters where cluster_id is null

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    ++1 for sexy pgsql Aug 28, 2022 at 19:16

How about customizable buffering.

Configure and run this SQL script:

SELECT ST_Buffer((ST_Dump((ST_Union(ST_Buffer((geom),0.1, 'side=left join=mitre'))))).geom,-0.1,'side=left join=mitre') geom FROM <sourse_table>

You should get a result like in my image.

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