I'm working with postGIS 2.1 I have a table called 'xacementos' created with the srid: 900913. I took the points coordinates from google maps and I want to convert them to SRID:4326 to show the points in a map created over leaflet. (if a input the 900913 coordinates as geoJSON in the leaflet code the points show a little bit displaced) I'm using the function ST_Transform:

SELECT ST_AsText(ST_Transform(geom,4326)) FROM xacementos WHERE enderezo='Rua Franja 9-11';

but the coordinates that show up are not correct:

"POINT(-7.54315344075162e-005 0.000389606525237254)"

The input coordinates in the 900913 srid are "POINT(-8.397 43.3708)"

I'm newby in this postGIS stuff and I'm not sure if i'm following the right path.

Any suggestion??

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I guess you are confused with what the different coordinates are.

EPSG:900913 (officially EPSG:3857) has an extent (worldwide) of


Your point (-8.397 43.3708) does not seem to be in this range (it's in portugal, right?)

This means that your point is in EPSG:4326 ("lat/lons") already.

You saying that "I took the points coordinates from google maps" confirms this to me, as google maps uses spherical mercator (EPSG:900913) internally, but it's api (and web pages) exposes all coordinates as EPSG:4326

Therefore, you should store your coordinates in PostGIS with EPSG:4326, and if this is what you need to get out there should be no need for transformations.

  • Yes i took the coordinates from google maps, but when i put this data into leaflet code the points are displaced (i thought it was because the projection). Should i post another question?
    – Javi Abia
    Mar 6, 2014 at 10:50
  • How much offset do you have?
    – AndreJ
    Mar 6, 2014 at 11:05
  • more or less 100 meters.
    – Javi Abia
    Mar 6, 2014 at 11:08

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