I am using the query below to find out the intersection coordinates of 2 Polygons and it's working fine, but how can I use or modify the query to find the intersection area coordinates for multiple (or N number of) polygons?

                       ST_GeomFromText('POLYGON((1.25 9.5,1.375 18.25,7.25 17.875,7.375 9.5,1.25 9.5))'),
                       ST_GeomFromText('POLYGON((1.25 9.5,1.375 18.25,7.25 17.875,7.375 9.5,1.25 9.5))')

What other alternative do I have?

3 Answers 3


As katahdin wrote, ST_Intersection works only with two geometries. I don't know a variant of it what works on arrays. If you have your geometries in one table, you can write a function that will do the job, like this:

create or replace function ST_IntersectionArray(geoms geometry[]) returns geometry as $$
   i integer;
   tmpGeom geometry;
    tmpGeom := geoms[1];
    FOR i IN 1..array_length(geoms,1) LOOP
      tmpGeom:= ST_Intersection(tmpGeom,geoms[i]);
    return tmpGeom;
LANGUAGE plpgsql;

Example call:

SELECT ST_AsText(ST_IntersectionArray(ARRAY(select geom from test_geom)));

If your polygons are in two separate tables, say poly1, and poly2, then

SELECT As_Text(St_Intersection(poly1.geom, poly2.geom))
FROM poly1, poly2;

If all the polygons are in one table, polys, then, assuming you have a primary key 'id':

SELECT As_Text(ST_Intersection(p1.geom, p2.geom))
FROM polys AS p1, polys AS p2
WHERE p1.id <> p2.id
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    p1.id <> p2.id will get you doubles: (a,b) and (b,a). It's better to use > or < instead of <> May 11, 2013 at 21:12

The ST_Intersect function works with only two geometries at a time. It is a binary relation only.

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