I have a polygon geometry with 100+ polygons originally converted from a raster table - see the below image

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Zoomed view of one of the polygons

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I would like to unify the touching polygons (i.e. sharing a common vertex or a part of the perimeter). I tried with st_dump(st_union(...)) but it only unifies polygons which share a part of the perimeter and not a vertex. See below

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I think I can do this by using st_union and st_touches. But I just don't know how to write the correct SQL with just one geometry as st_tocuhes requires two geometries. My below attempt creates one large multi-polygon with all the polygons which is not what I want

SELECT st_union(a.geom) AS geom
FROM orginal_geom a, original_geom b
WHERE st_touches(a.geom, b.geom)

2 Answers 2


I can recommend this way, it is very fast.

Each group of polygons is assigned the same id if they are 0 distance apart, and number at least 2, using ST_ClusterDBSCAN.

Single polygons will get NULL as cluster id.

with clusters as (
select st_clusterdbscan(geom, 0, 2) over() cluster_id, geom
from test.minigrid)

select st_union(geom) as geom
from clusters where cluster_id is not null
group by cluster_id


select geom from clusters where cluster_id is null

1.1 s. to dissolve 36 k squares:

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  • 2
    ST_ClusterDBSCAN is exactly what I wanted. Many thanks.
    – rm167
    Commented Aug 1, 2023 at 13:59

You can use ST_ClusterIntersecting or ST_ClusterIntersectingWin to do this.

  • ST_ClusterIntersectingWin(geom) returns an error 42883 function ST_ClusterIntersectingWin(geometry) does not exist, other function that do throw errors are: ST_ClusterWithinWin(), ST_CoverageInvalidEdges() ... these errors occur even though I use the example code from postgis.net/docs
    – robert tuw
    Commented Mar 19 at 18:11

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