After storing lon lat values as a GEOGRAPHY data type, how do I retrieve the individual lat lon values?

Failed attempt:

SELECT id, geog, ST_X(geog), ST_Y(geog) FROM locations;


No function matches the given name and argument types. You might need to add explicit type casts.
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    For geography datatype use valid function, ex. ST_MaxX() and ST_MaxY(). Oct 28, 2015 at 10:02

3 Answers 3


The ST_X(point) function only supports the geometry (as for now).

One workaround is to cast the geog to geom using ::geometry.

Hense your query should be like this:

SELECT id, geog, ST_X(geog::geometry), ST_Y(geog::geometry) FROM locations; 

And since it's geog the SRID would be 4326.

Also here's a good source for the geog type.

  • Thanks your solution works well (when querying using pgAdmin3). However when I am querying from PHP (nginx + php5-fpm), I get the error: Undefined object: 7 ERROR: type "geometry" does not exist. Any ideas? stackoverflow.com/questions/15780931/…
    – Nyxynyx
    Apr 3, 2013 at 7:18
  • Good, it works well for me.
    – Felipe
    Jun 4, 2013 at 17:27
  • Thanks, it helped me to share the query with my client. You saved my another day Jul 14, 2021 at 7:51

Not need cast

Try to use this query.

SELECT ST_XMax(geog), ST_YMax(geog), ST_AsEWKT(geog)
FROM locations LIMIT 10;

it works for me.

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    What PostGIS & PostgreSQL version are you using? With 9.5 and 2.2, running the query SELECT ST_XMax(ST_GeographyFromText('SRID=4326;POINT(-73.968504 40.779741)')); gives me ERROR: function st_xmax(geography) does not exist. Jun 15, 2016 at 14:57

try to use this query.

SELECT X(the_geom), Y(the_geom), ST_AsEWKT(the_geom)
      FROM locations LIMIT 10;

i hope it helps you

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    The X() and Y() functions don't seem to exist. Where did you get those?
    – Zoltán
    Feb 4, 2014 at 23:27
  • @Zoltán I think X() and Y() are valid in an older revision of PostGIS--perhaps 8.x?. Updated, that query would use ST_X() and ST_Y() instead.
    – elrobis
    Oct 20, 2014 at 23:26
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    Even PostGIS 2.2 have no ST_X(geography ), see postgis.net/docs/manual-2.2/ST_X.html Oct 28, 2015 at 10:04

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